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Three Big East officials voluntarily withdraw from Tournament

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Rutgers coach Mike Rice is pissed. Give him a caption, please!

After royally botching up the end of the St. John’s/Rutgers game yesterday, Jim Burr, Tim Higgins and Earl Walton have withdrawn from the Big East Tournament.

In case you were in a cave or something, here’s what happened. With 1.7 seconds left and Rutgers down by two, St. John’s forward Justin Brownlee picked up a loose ball, took three steps without dribbling and also went out of bounds before throwing the ball into the crowd. No violations were called. Realizing their mistake, the officials hurried off the court faster than a certain Big East coach in an Italian restaurant.

When asked about the game-ending sequence by Andy Katz, John Adams, the NCAA’s national coordinator of men’s basketball officiating, called the errors “unacceptable.” In a statement issued this morning, Big East conference commissioner John Marinatto said the officials withdrew “in the best interests of everyone involved — including coaches, student-athletes, game officials and Big East member institutions.”

I don’t blame them. Madison Square Garden brings out the rowdy in people. Just ask that UConn fan that insulted John Wall near me in the ladies’ room back in 2009.

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54 Comments for Three Big East officials voluntarily withdraw from Tournament



  1. Bill Brumbach
    2:05 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    Caption: “LOUD NOISES!!”



  2. big blue
    2:05 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    Mike Rice: “Only Rick Pitino could do worse that what you did in the last 15 seconds!”



  3. 78 NCAA Champions
    2:10 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    I would really like to never hear the words “Tim Higgins” and “officiating” in the same sentence again.



  4. ODU
    2:11 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    wow not again getting screwed for the 2nd year in a row…im going back to ODU at least that was in the NCAA tourney



  5. Drews Bloody Lip
    2:13 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    Did I just make am apperance?



  6. jsh2001
    2:15 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    Pitt loses… it must be March



  7. Dekerichard
    2:16 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    Does the Pitt loss help Uk’s seeding if we do well in the SEC tourney?



  8. deer boss
    2:18 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    7…doesn’t if UCONN wins out and garners a 3 seed.



  9. Dudeupnorth
    2:19 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    I really don’t think the player traveled, not that it really matters, but he seemed to put the ball on the floor and then take 2 steps with the 2nd being out of bounds. The saddest part of this whole mess is that if just 1 official would of blew his whistle for the simple fact that something obviously didn’t seem right, we wouldn’t have this issue. They couldn’t review the play for the simple fact that no whistle was blown. What a shame. The poor players work their asses off for 40 minutes to have the last second shot that they deserved taken away from them, probably due to the fact that there was 3 elderly officials without enough air in their lungs.



  10. Han
    2:26 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    9) He was out of bounds, but even if you don’t see that, he took 3 steps before he threw the ball.

    So it should’ve been out of bounds 1st, travel second, technical third (if he did throw it into the stands). Also could’ve whistled Lavin with a warning or technical for being at half-court before the horn blew, not that they would. That plus the previous no-calls in St Johns’ favor is pretty hard to take for Rutgers, I’d wager.



  11. Bluecalizone
    2:28 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    It doesn’t matter. According to all the talking heads,the loss doesn’t even hurt Pitt. Huh???? Anyone else hear Mike Tirico jab the SEC? In talking about the Ga/Auburn game “This has not been a well played game which has been the case with that league most of the season.” And they’re already setting the stage for Duke to get a #1, just go ahead and mark it down.



  12. Alamo_Cat
    2:30 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink


  13. Kidnut
    2:34 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    You clear this kind of mistake up by respecting the clock until the end of the game. No more coaches heading to the scorers table to shake hand with 5 seconds left. If a guy travels with 1 second on the clock in a 15 point game, call it. I think the referees just thought the game was over when the play was made. Steve Lavin was almost to St. John’s bench for the handshake.



  14. AKA cold buckets
    2:35 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    I usually hate watching Big East regular season ball, but the tourney is usually awesome.



  15. Mr Schwump
    2:35 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    Just heard they got the 3pm Fri SEC game.



  16. Roggensak
    2:36 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    make sure to vote for Jones Dunk of the year on facebook!!! I really don’t want little brother to win that!



  17. Ron Burgandy
    2:41 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    1.) well played sir



  18. Blue Chip
    2:50 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    “Bankruptcy!”



  19. CATastrophic
    2:52 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    Caption,
    “Why don’t we just ship these crappy officials to the SEC or something…Oh wait, they have worse officials there…”



  20. Megan
    2:57 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    “I am NOT going to pay a lot for this muffler!”



  21. daddywags
    3:02 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    Caption, ” Matt Pilgrim is a beast!!!! Don’t you know this?!?!?!?!”



  22. UKHistory
    3:03 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    That sequence is so bad one has to consider the possibility that the refs were exerting undue influence over the outcome of the game for personal, financial gain.



  23. Lando CALrisian
    3:04 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    “I told you this tie doesn’t make my eyes pop!”



  24. Kemba Walker
    3:04 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    It’s okay. You all shouldn’t feel too terrible about losing to me.



  25. Lando CALrisian
    3:06 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    “I thought these guys were quality SEC officials!”



  26. Lando CALrisian
    3:07 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    “OOPS! I CRAPPED MY PANTS!!”



  27. tb1102
    3:09 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    Mike Rice: “Do I look like John Calipari? This is not Kentucky. Now, can I get a call?”



  28. HenryCoCat
    3:11 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    “Hey ref where you going? Take me with you! I dont want to coach rutgers! Wait for me!!”



  29. dmc
    3:14 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    Mike Rice “I have reservations for one more day HELLO!”



  30. dmc
    3:19 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    “Hey STOP!! Don’t run just because I got Mike Huckabee standing behind me!!”



  31. Uconn fan
    3:21 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    Every UK fan wanted to punch me in the face back in 09 because me and all the other UConn fans were complete douchebags the entire game.



  32. peacefrog5
    3:21 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    Mike Rice: “Hey! Do I at least get a Reach Around?”



  33. dirtydave
    3:28 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    these refs seemed determined to hand this game to the Johnnies….several no calls in the last three minutes aside from the closing seconds!



  34. Fake, Fake, Fake KIGE Ramsey
    3:38 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    “SAY IT.. SAY IT.. AHHHHHH AHHHHHHHHHHH!”



  35. Susan
    3:43 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    Funny…the refs are paid for the entire tourney, so by “taking themselves out” they essentially gave themselves a paid vacation. Not the kind of punishment I think is deserved…
    Just keep them the hell out of Atlanta!!



  36. Al's IndiCats
    3:44 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    Last time I get fixed during the “Vasectomy Maddness”….I think I just PISSED!!!!!!



  37. that guy
    3:51 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    I CANNOT CONTROL THE VOLUME OF MY VOICE



  38. Harley Wells
    3:51 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    “You suck almost as much as BTI!!!”



  39. Inside Your Mind
    4:44 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    Tim freakin’ Higgins. One of the worst officials in the game.



  40. Jules Winnfield
    5:07 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    “Say I look like Paul Giamotti one mo’ Got-Damn time!!!!”



  41. Steve N
    5:14 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    WHAT DO YOU MEAN I LOOK LIKE SEAN SUTTON !!!!



  42. YesSirMrCarson
    5:37 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    No more f*%$ing Merlot



  43. Munk
    5:38 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    “I am NOT Colin Cowherd”



  44. Lou eaton
    5:39 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    “I can’t hear myself think in this #!!##*$$$ building”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  45. Greg Hilbert
    5:52 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    He is NOT at UCLA anymore! WTF?



  46. ChemCat
    6:21 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    “No, if anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any f***ing Merlot!”
    He looks like Paul Giamatti



  47. bj in lex
    6:22 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    the uconn fans at msg last season were ridiculous. one of them was so out-of-hand that my friend, one of the sweetest girls i know, wound up kicking him in the face. god nyc was a great time!



  48. Paul
    7:07 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t know the one ref, but Higgins and Burr were probably in stripes when Joe B. was still rolling up his program. They’v stunk up more than their share of big games.



  49. Ben Warren
    7:32 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    “OVER THE LINE”! mark it 8 dude



  50. Memphis Cat
    8:48 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    “Are you kidding me, Blind Karl Hess has 3 brothers”



  51. Memphis Cat
    8:48 pm March 10, 2011 Permalink

    “Are you kidding me, Blind Karl Hess has 3 brothers”



  52. steve beisner
    7:32 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    Why does Bruce Pearl get all the hot chicks???



  53. Carl
    9:17 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    Burr and Higgins have both screwed UK on more than one occasion. I think it’s time the big money boosters put pressure on their fave schools to force the NCAA to upgrade the quality of officiating. This is pathetic. I don’t care of the allow women to do the men’s game as long as they know the rules and make everyone abide by them.



  54. Bob in Harlan
    9:17 am March 11, 2011 Permalink

    “I just bought an iPad and I find out a new one comes out Friday! FML!”