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REID HAS HIS RECORDS AND NOW A `T’

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Roger Reid has accomplished a great deal in his almost seven seasons as BYU head basketball coach. He has led the Cougars to six straight 20-plus win campaigns, five NCAA berths, an NIT appearance, three WAC regular season titles and two WAC tournament championships. He even owns the all-time best winning percentage of any coach in BYU and WAC history.

Yet, it took Reid until Saturday to get something that most college head coaches attain in their first season - a technical foul.Reid, like all coaches, isn't shy about talking to (or even yelling at) officials during a game, but it wasn't until the first half of Saturday's contest at Wyoming that a referee had heard enough to slap him with a "T."

"I'm kinda proud of it," said Reid, tongue-in-cheek, of his first technical. "I just want people to know that I wasn't cussing or swearing at him or anything like that."

Maybe Reid learned from his son, Cougar guard Randy Reid, how to get called for a technical. The Cougars' senior co-captain has been whistled for "Ts" in two consecutive games. Then again, Randy isn't quite sure what the secret of his "success" in getting technicals is.

"I honestly don't know why I got either one," said Randy Reid. "I wasn't talking to the refs either time. I honestly don't know what I did."

FAN FAVORITE?: BYU freshman Nathan Cooper, in the tradition of Danny Ainge and the Reid brothers, is a hard-nosed guard and a fierce competitor who won't back down. Not coincidently, like Ainge and the Reids before him, Cooper is quickly becoming a target of opposing fans' and players' ire.

Cooper, the Cougars' 6-5 sixth man from Timpview High, has put together a solid rookie campaign, averaging 6.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. But he has also been at the epicenter of two tense incidents this year: at Utah in the WAC opener and again Saturday at Wyoming.

The flare-ups were remarkably similar. In each case the opponent's star (Utah's Keith Van Horn and Wyoming's LaDrell Whitehead) was going up for a layup only to have Cooper make sure the ball didn't go in by committing a hard foul. Both times the opponents took the fouls personally and players went after Coop - and in the case of the Cowboys, players came off the bench to get into the act.

"I wasn't going to let him have a layup, but by no means was I trying to take LaDrell Whitehead out," said Cooper of the most recent incident. "The next thing I knew there were a bunch of guys coming at me."

Cooper and four Cowboys were ejected from the game. Since there was no radio or television in the BYU locker room, Cooper had a tough time finding out how his teammates were doing without him during the final minutes of the game. BYU business manager Mike King made several trips from the floor to the locker room to give Cooper periodic updates, however.

STATS & STUFF: Cougar center Kenneth Roberts, who has 1,505 points during his career, needs just eight more to pass the late, great Kresimir Cosic for seventh place on the all-time BYU scoring list. Roberts will end his career in seventh, however. He needs 319 points to catch Jeff Chatman for sixth and he only has five regular season games and, hopefully for the Cougs, a few more in the postseason remaining. Fred Roberts, Ken's brother, is currently fifth on the all-time scoring list with 1,841 points . . . Randy Reid, BYU's other senior co-captain, is now in fourth on the all-time BYU assist ladder with 426, behind only Marty Haws (502), Nathan Call (528) and Ainge (539).