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Miami's Foster, an Arm-Waving Coach, Takes Himself Right Out of the Game

December 23, 1987|Associated Press

Miami basketball Coach Bill Foster was only showing his enthusiasm, but his wild arm-waving during his team's 110-107 victory over Alabama State put his arm into a sling.

"It wasn't a good game for a coach, but it was an exciting game for the fans," said Foster, who dislocated his left shoulder while gesturing for a foul to be called.

The coach, who was waving his arms wildly when Dennis Burns of the Hurricanes was knocked down late in the second half, had to be helped from the court.

Team physician John Uribe popped the shoulder into place, and Foster spent the remainder of the game with his arm fastened to his side in a brace.

Foster said he will wear the brace the rest of the season and then undergo surgery.

"It pops out every once in a while," said Foster, 51, who first injured the shoulder while playing basketball as a high school sophomore. The last time he dislocated it was in 1980, when his Clemson team was beating North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

"I had to get it taken care of and ruin all the fun," he said.

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