NCAA Officiating: Is It a Slump?

Andy Katz wonders if officiating is in a slump
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2008 8:16 AM CDT
Georgia head coach Andy Landers, right, has a discussion with referee Bob Trammell, left, concerning a call during in the first half of a college basketball game against LSU.   (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
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(Newser) – The officiating in college basketball has been one of the hot topics all year across the nation. From a dubious foul call 80 feet from the basket with 0.1 seconds left to give Georgetown the win over Villanova to the no-call on UCLA’s possibly-over-the-backboard shot, the nation’s referees have drawn the ire of many fans and commentators, writes Andy Katz of ESPN

"The state of college basketball for officials is in a slump,” says one former referee. Others think the controversy is nonexistent. "I don't think the officiating has changed; the emphasis has changed," Georgetown coach John Thompson III tells Katz. "Just the coverage of calls, of questionable calls, has gotten so much more attention."