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“TV” Ted Valentine barred from working NCAA Tournament

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It looks like TV Teddy will be seeing a whole lot less screen time this postseason.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, controversial college basketball official Ted Valentine has been barred from this year’s NCAA Tournament.

In an interview with ESPN, Valentine said he was being held out of March Madness due to the “fallout from the incident in which he turned his back on North Carolina’s Joel Berry II during a game back in January.”

“This is not right, it’s just not fair,” Valentine told ESPN. “It hit me like a ton of bricks. I’m being punished unjustly.”

Valentine said NCAA coordinator of officials, J.D. Collins, informed him of the decision on Saturday afternoon.

For those that don’t remember, UNC’s Joel Berry went up to Valentine to discuss a missed foul call in their game against Florida State, where TV Teddy turned his back on him on national television.

This was the incident:

Valentine told ESPN that he understands he “screwed up,” but fixed the situation a week later by apologizing to Berry.

“I screwed up,” Valentine told ESPN about the January incident. “But I went back a week later and apologized, and he and I were joking and kidding. It was no big deal. I even pulled him out of a situation where he could have gotten a technical foul.”

In fact, Valentine recently said he was tired of the controversy and is seriously thinking about walking away from the game.

In an interview with The Fieldhouse’s Seth Davis back in January, Valentine said he has “had enough.”

“I’m thinking about retiring,” Valentine said. “I’ve had enough of people blowing up stuff. I think I’ve had a stellar career, and I think it’s time to get ready to walk away.”

Though he receives constant criticism from basketball fans and those in the media, Valentine told Davis he is a “better person” than what is made of him on the internet.

“First you’re guilty, then you have to prove yourself innocent. I’m just tired of it,” he said. “I’m a better person, I’m a better referee, I’m tired of being cut on. I really am.”

Could this be the final straw of “TV” Teddy’s career?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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38 responses to ““TV” Ted Valentine barred from working NCAA Tournament”

  1. Parker_UKFanNC

    Now just make sure Higgins is banned

    1. 4everUKblue


    2. Fake Donald Trump

      Even if Higgins isn’t banned, with him suing KSR, I don’t think he would or should be allowed to do a UK game. That probably would be a huge conflict of interest at that point. Doug Shows can go away too.

  2. Jiminy Crickets

    If he did it at a UK game, he’d be praised for now allowing these spoiled prima donnas from showing him up after a foul call. How dare he turn his back on a UNC player! The obduracy!!!

    1. Jiminy Crickets

      Not allowing

    2. shelby

      U r exactly right; i agree with the ncaa’s decision. But only duke and unc get this kind of treatment.

  3. catdaddyd

    I saw him working a game this weekend, he’s a clown.

  4. TB112162


  5. Collie

    Bye Felicia!

  6. gwhittle

    He obviously has a history and a reputation. They wouldn’t do this for one offense

    1. dismore

      This ^^^

  7. spincr4hire72

    Bye ?

  8. claydwildcat

    I think he’s a good ref. Shouldn’t have done that and could hold the drama a bit. My issues are with three others shows, ayres and Higgins.

    1. henderblue

      Those 3 are clearly horrible

    2. makeitstop

      One down, 3 to go

  9. Jiminy Crickets

    Meanwhile Grayson Allen is hip checking players on fast break, but we can’t really tell if intended to do it

  10. henderblue

    Teddy wants to be the star of the game. If he can’t officiate in the tournament, look for him to be courtside of the biggest games. Maybe in a neon shirt with bold lettering that says something like “Come at me bro”. Or dressed as a clown. Something to catch the attention of the TV cameras

  11. Smyrna_Cat

    Talk about “blowing things up” … that is Teddy V in a nutshell. See ya.

  12. BeejeCat

    What do Teddy Valentine and Louisville basketball have in common?

    1. demoCrAT


  13. sprtphan

    Who says the NCAA can’t do anything right.

  14. CoachCat

    Now to get Dickie V banned from the tournament and I’ll be happy

    1. ukbradstith

      He doesn’t work for CBS so that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense…

  15. cats646

    Why don’t they punish the ref that really deserves it? The one that tossed Benny from the bowl game!!

  16. Lip Man 1

    I hope he does retire. The guy is a stiff, think folks pay to see him. “Oh poor me, I got disciplined. IT’S NOT FAIR.”

    Grow a pair Teddy and take your punishment.

  17. TonyMontana

    What about the Refs that let that kid get trampled under the rim the other day? I’d like to know what they had to say about that. I never heard an official statement or an update on the Weatherspoon kid. I guess I could Google it, but thats too much work.

    1. unbridled

      That’s a very good question. Idiots.

    2. catheaven

      I would like to know that too. It’s time ther NCAA clean up the awful refs the SEC has. Ayers, Higgins, Greene, and Shows. They are all horrendous and should be put out to pasture.

  18. unbridled

    Officiating has become unbearable in college basketball. It’s not even that it’s biased….it’s just extremely inconsistent and incompetent. Obviously some officials are great, but why can’t they get rid of the dead weight?

  19. makeitstop

    TV Teddy is one who thinks they all come to see him ref. Higgins and Shows have less flair but same “it’s all about me” attitude. I would let coaches strike 2-3 refs at the beginning of the year like peremptory strike of a juror or an arbitrator. You could eliminate the guys who are most biased or incompetent and send a signal. If several good coaches strike a guy, maybe the other refs “grading” him are missing something and that will cost them working the TV games. And Lord, please put a 60 second limit on the monitor, Shows or Adams the other day – forget which – ruined the game w replays!

  20. Kevin C

    Buh-bye, BlTCH !

  21. bankerbh

    His comments give some good insight into how he thinks….and this is disturbing. In his world, he can’t understand why there’s a problem because afterall, he did go back a week later and apologize. If he really thought he did something wrong, it wouldn’t have taken a week. A bunch of media coverage drove the apology. Second issue. He tried correcting his mistake via the “no call” and helping him out of a situation that could have drawn a technical. Clearly there was no impartiality with his calls at that point. Ultimately, he apologized and in his own words made things right. What he doesn’t understand is that just because he said he was sorry doesn’t mean there won’t be consequences. Somewhat of a microcosm of many facets of society.

  22. serdi

    You don’t mess with North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They run the NCAA, ESPN, and all other major media that covers college basketball. You criticize, say one negative word, do not totally jump all in with the Cheatin’ Dean Smiths, and your done…Teddy validates all of that. It disgusts me.

  23. JMFATZ47

    3…2…1 RACE card! Lol

  24. jahanc2uky

    If Teddy had turned his back on Hami, the NCAA would have had him doing the Championship.

  25. Mathlete

    It’s time for the NCAA to have full time referees like the NBA does. The fact that these guys can go back to their day jobs after makes them care less about the quality of their work officiating

  26. Sentient Third Eye

    It’s no coincidence that KSR has stories about “systemic evil” and refs back to back.

  27. Megan

    I think the truth is somewhere in the middle here. Teddy is a good ref, but he wants the spotlight. When he explained long ago that you have to make a decisive call even if you’re unsure, I knew he was trouble.

    The thing that gets me is that he truly doesn’t understand the reason people hate him. At least he doesn’t admit it. Everyone’s wrong except him. It’s kind of sad. How does he explain his well-earned nickname?

    I do remember when he tossed Knight from a game with multiple Ts. Knight couldn’t bully him. And he showed unbelievable restraint when Knight went out of his way to bump into Teddy on the way off the floor. That should have been his fourth, but Teddy just let it go. Three was enough.

    I kind of admired him for that.