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SEC making changes to Men’s Basketball Officiating Consortium

Bob Delaney (Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Bob Delaney (Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

We don’t need to tell you SEC Basketball officiating is horrible. Last week, ESPN’s John Gasaway crunched the numbers to show that the SEC is by far the most foul-prone major conference in the sport the last five seasons. In response, the SEC is making some changes. Today, the league announced that Bob Delaney will take on a bigger role, assisting with the men’s basketball officiating consortium. Delaney, an accomplished former NBA official and executive with extensive experience in leadership training, has served as the SEC’s Special Advisor for Officiating Development and Performance since 2018.

The consortium, which serves the SEC, American Athletic Conference, ASUN, Southern, Sun Belt and Southwestern Athletic Conferences, includes SEC Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officials Mike Eades, Assistant Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officials Reggie Cofer, and SEC Associate Commissioner Dan Leibovitz. In May, Eades took over the role of coordinator of officials from Mark Whitehead, who stepped down after the season.

“Having Bob as a part of the consortium team will be a great asset for all involved,” Eades said. “With his extensive background in officiating and leadership, he will help us continue to improve our program from top to bottom. I am really excited that Bob will be participating in this expanded role this upcoming season and look forward to working with him in the future.”

“Bob has brought a unique perspective to our officiating program, and his experience on multiple levels of the game combined with his leadership acumen will only strengthen our overall officiating effort as he expands his responsibilities,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey.

Delaney has served the NBA in various areas of officiating development, including most recently as the Vice President, Referee Operations/Director of Officials. He is the founder of two schools that trained officials for high-integrity roles within the NBA, WNBA and college basketball. His Performance Enhancement Program (PEP) has provided training for the NFL, U.S. Army, FBI, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Homeland Security and more.

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16 Comments for SEC making changes to Men’s Basketball Officiating Consortium



  1. somerset bill
    2:00 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

    nothing about reducing the number fouls here.



  2. Duuuuuude
    2:07 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

    How about something to help out the SEC Football officials?



  3. 44stewart
    2:12 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

    I agree with football. SEC replay booth makes decisions in every game that no one understands.



  4. dhard
    3:07 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

    Get rid of Shows and Pat Adams and you have a good start on fixing your issues. SEC football? Those guys are in a league of their own and it is not a good league.



    • UKFanSC
      5:00 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

      Roger that !



    • zoupman
      5:15 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

      As long as Shows is still officiating, they aren’t serious about improving. Guy has an ego and an agenda. Not good qualities for an official.



  5. BobbyBlue
    3:10 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

    Amen to that, but I would add Tony Green.



    • CrystalBall
      5:41 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

      Good addition, BobbyBlue. And well deserved.



  6. runningunnin.454
    3:33 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

    Ha ha ha ha, they want a basketball game to look like the ballet; this may take some time, folks. Division II ball has better officials. And yes, they need to address the football officials as well.



  7. Megan
    4:33 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

    The Shows/Adams/Green point is well taken. But we’re certain the problem is the officials? All the officiating consortium needs to do is train the officials to swallow their whistles? That’s one way to get smash-mouth basketball.

    More aggressive teams have an advantage, one they like to establish from the opening tip. If we really want more of a contact sport, the officials can certainly oblige. But we’re not going to be happy when an opponent gets rough with us and refs just let it go. I have a feeling a few people here will voice their displeasure!



    • runningunnin.454
      8:06 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

      Hate to break it to you like this; but, basketball is a contact sport. I played basketball against Houston Hogg, known more for his talent on the gridiron; he was quite proficient with his elbows, ha ha. Basketball was a blood sport that night.
      UK has always known how to handle the bullies; Rupp was a master. He once suited up two UK football players to take care of a couple of LSU bullies, Sanders and Newton. I was there that night, and the LSU boys learned a tough lesson.



    • runningunnin.454
      8:31 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

      BTW, Houston Hogg was one of the players that integrated sec football. The two football players Rupp dressed for the LSU basketball game were Elmore Stephens and Darryl Bishop.



  8. Section233
    4:36 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

    Just like we all knew EJ was gonna take and miss a 17 footer in the first two minutes of every game. We all know they just need to let’em play. To many BS flops and ticky tac. Just let it go and play on. Hopefully any NBA experience would bring some non calls to the game and give it a little flow. Call the BJ Boston and 1 let everything else go



  9. CahillsCrossingNT
    6:40 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

    Only losers worry about officiating.



    • runningunnin.454
      8:34 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

      Says the biggest loser of all time.



    • wyatts1
      12:58 pm October 25, 2020 Permalink

      Imagine being such a miserable person that instead of rooting for your team (in any sport), you decide you’ll be a hater. Such a hater that you’ll log on daily, just to show all how miserable your life must be. Cahill crossing, I hope you find you a partner in life and cheer the f*** up