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There's a new era of sideline scrutiny for college basketball coaches. So where's the line between motivation and mistreatment?

The scene was played over and over. It became a trending topic on social media and a hot take on sports talk shows.

During a first-round victory against Bradley in the NCAA Tournament, Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo marched onto the court during a timeout, reached for forward Aaron Henry's wrist for a moment and repeatedly pointed at him while yelling. In the huddle, Izzo hopped up to yell in Henry's face before another player intervened to calm Izzo down.

The public reaction surprised Izzo.

"Will I ever shake my finger in front of a kid again? No, I won't," he recently told the Tribune. "I can change that. But I know this: I won't quit holding players accountable. I won't quit disciplining them."

He received support from colleagues,

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