Did Iowa State steal signs from Kansas State?

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First, it was college football. Now, there may be a sign-stealing scandal in the college basketball world as well.

Tensions escalated during a late-game exchange between Iowa State coach TJ Otzelberger and Kansas State coach Jerome Tan. As reported by the Wichita EagleTan was angry, pointing at the crowd, believing that Iowa State had embedded team members in the crowd to steal signs from the Kansas State bench.

Kansas State coaches believed that the crowd plant was quickly relaying information to the Iowa State bench via text messages. Tan alerted the referee and attempted to have arena security address him midway through the end of a second-half timeout. Kansas State’s head coach was seen telling officials on ESPN+ that there were three guys in the stands filming our huddle.

After nothing happened, Tan tried to cross midcourt to talk to Otzelberger about it, but was called for a technical foul. The exchange ended with a tense exchange in the post-game handshake line.

Both coaches downplayed the immediate exchange.

“At the point where things are talked about between coaches, we need to keep it that way,” Otzelberger said. “So we’re going to keep it there.”

Tan: “Nothing happened.” Said. “We talked about the situation that happened during the game and he said he was going to look into it. Then I said thank you to him and continued. I love TJ. He does a great job What an incredible environment it was.”

Tan later added that he and Otzelberger would “go and resolve other parts of the problem.” It is unclear whether a formal complaint was filed with the Big 12.

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