College basketball refs have been bad. Very bad. In this year’s NCAA Tournament, the officiating was the most talked about thing happening on the court. John Calipari has an idea that could help change that.
Coach Cal wants to experiment with a coach’s challenge. Coaches would have one challenge in the second half, with the ability to gain another in overtime. They could bring any call to the monitor other than a flop.
“I challenge that call, and then they’ve got to go to the monitor and check it out,” Calipari said at the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Fl. “If you’re wrong you lose your timeout.”
We’re used to challenges in football and now baseball, but it’s not completely unheard of in basketball. The D-League has used this type of system to monitor calls for the last three years.
“That was one of the things I thought we need to explore more,” Calipari said. “Why not being the first college league that does the replay, now be the first college league to challenge calls.”
Unfortunately, he’s the only one asking for this. Georgia’s Mark Fox is Cal’s friend, but as a member of the NCAA’s rules committee, he told reporters it doesn’t have any momentum and it’s “not something we’re considering.”
Calipari also mentioned another rule change, but it was so ludicrous the other coaches wouldn’t even let him finish.
“There’s some other thing I told them I wouldn’t mention to you,” Calipari said. “Out of the box stuff they said, ‘Stop, don’t even say that, stop.’”
Like many of you, now I really, really, really want to know what “out of the box” idea Cal had up his sleeve. Surely it couldn’t be as crazy as moving the SEC Tournament to the preseason, right?