RALEIGH, N.C. — In a game otherwise one-sided in their favor, it was a scary moment for the University of Virginia, as head basketball coach Tony Bennett passed out at the end of the first half vs. Hampton.
The fall was attributed to dehydration, and after being escorted to the locker room, Bennett returned and coached from the bench in the second half, as his team rolled to an 81-45 victory.
“Been a little under the weather the last couple of days,” Bennett told the media after the game. “When you’re squatting and get up quick, I just blacked out a little bit.
“They just told me to sit there and drink the Powerade. I’ve had more Powerade than I’ve ever had in my life, so hopefully I’m hydrated well. That’s happened before, when you get up quick and get a little dizzy.”
Powerade is the official sports drink of the tournament.
“It’s more embarrassing than anything, to be honest. I’m sure I’ll get teased a lot about it, but we’ll move on.”
Bennett was afforded the opportunity to relax in the second half, as his team outscored Hampton 41-24.
“Thankfully the game wasn’t close in the second half,” he said bluntly. “Usually you like to be kind of active and involved, but I guess it shows you that coaching is overrated, because I don’t think they knew I was over there.
“You can sit over there on your hands and they wouldn’t notice if you’re active. That’s just for coaches to feel good.”
Not That Tony Bennett
It should also be noted that 19-time Grammy Award-winning singer Tony Bennett is also doing well. He dispelled the obvious confusion and wished his sports counterpart well:
I wanted to let all my fans know that Im ok. Glad to hear UVA coach Tony Bennett is fine after his fall. Congrats @UVAMensHoops on the win!— Tony Bennett (@itstonybennett) March 17, 2016