The Coaches Of Both UConn And Tulsa Got Tossed For Nothing More Than Exchanging Some Words And Attempting A Handshake To Smooth Things Over
One job. Literally one job, and - as anyone who has tuned into March Madness recently can attest - it's certainly not to get calls right with any sort of consistency. Instead, it's to handle any cantankerous situation that might arise during heated competition in such a way that allows for the show to go on featuring as many important characters as possible. In college basketball especially, figures don't get more key than those taking the temperature of their young teams from the sidelines, and these genius officials tossed them both over a disagreement that clocks in at about 2 clenched fists out of 10 on the aggressiveness scale.
Honestly, I've seen more impassioned arguments during a Sunday trip to ShopRite, and these refs decided that the only way to settle it was to make a huge scene out of an attempted handshake. I say the following not to discount any of the half-dozen block/charge calls that were undoubtedly botched in that same damn game, but that was one of the most egregious acts of officiating I have ever seen. Gross incompetence. A mountain made out of nothing more than an emotional molehill. You would have thought that Dan Hurley's 5 fingers violently struck the face of Frank Haith as opposed to being calmly placed in front of it as a peace offering. Never mind reading a rule book, these clowns couldn't even read the damn room, which explains some of the illiteracy we see written into the game script come tournament time.