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Former Penn State Football Player Ejected From Big Ten Tournament As Rutgers Assistant

Although it isn’t common, the principle of players or head coaches warranting an ejection for a double-technical foul call in a college basketball game isn’t unheard of. However, it’s not every day that you see an assistant coach seated at the end of a team’s bench get tossed from his own sideline for chirping at an officiating crew.

In Rutgers hoops’ Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal matchup with Iowa, strength and conditioning coach David VanDyke was ejected from the bench by longtime conference referee Bo Boroski after picking up his second technical foul of the afternoon.

Boroski decided to end VanDyke’s time at Gainbridge Fieldhouse after becoming seemingly animated on a thought-to-be missed foul call on Hawkeye forward Keegan Murray.

Over the course of the 40-minute battle, the two conference foes combined for six technical fouls, the most in a Big Ten game this season. Along with VanDyke, Iowa forward Connor McCaffrey was also ejected with 2:56 remaining for instigating an altercation with Rutgers point guard Paul Mulcahy.

With the fascination of VanDyke’s antics gaining popularity across social media over the weekend, it turns out that the Scarlet Knights’ leader in the weight room also carries deep-rooted ties to Dear Old State.

In the late 90s, VanDyke played football for the Nittany Lions in pursuit of a degree in kinesiology. Upon graduation, he elected to stay in Happy Valley as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant from 1998 to 2001.

At Penn State, VanDyke helped develop in-season and off-season training programs for the football and boxing programs. While remaining around the program, VanDyke made the most of his time by earning a master’s degree with a focus in exercise physiology.

Since then, VanDyke has held stints with Texas A&M, La Salle, Stony Brook, and Rutgers. In Piscataway, he spends most of his time with the basketball program but oversees the strength and conditioning protocols for 23 of the university’s 24 varsity athletic squads.

VanDyke is expected to return to the bench for Rutgers’ NCAA Tournament-opening matchup with Notre Dame. The Scarlet Knights are set to hit the hardwood at 9:10 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, at the University of Dayton Arena.

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Connor Krause

Connor Krause is a junior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania double majoring in journalism and business. He is a lifelong Penn State football and basketball fan and enjoys rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams. In his free time, Connor can be found playing golf or pick-up basketball. You can follow his Twitter and Instagram @ckrause_31.

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