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Coaches react to NCAA excessive celebration rule

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GREENSBORO - ACC coaches reacted to the new NCAA point of emphasis rule on excessive celebration at conference's Operation basketball media meeting on Sunday.

Some questioned how the rule would be enforced.  Some questioned the considerations made in defining the new points of emphasis. 

ACC coordinator of basketball officials John Clougherty announced the NCAA's new "point of emphasis" on excessive celebration, saying officials would have a "zero tolerance" policy on behavior deemed as excessive celebration. He defined such behavior as dunking over a player and standing over them or gesturing to the crowd. 

Maryland coach Gary Williams said there is no place in the game for taunting, but celebration is part of the game. 

"Being exuberant as a basketball player - I think that's why college basketball is a great game," he said. "It is emotional. The crowd is emotional. ... Doesn't bother me."
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Edward joined the News & Observer staff in 2004. He is a graduate of American University and Johns Hopkins University. He covers Wake Forest football and women's college basketball for the N&O. Edward is a native of Washington, D.C. He can be reached at 829-4781 or edward.robinson@newsobserver.com.
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