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Ref pushes Shaka; Gene Smith doesn't care

Posted on: March 27, 2011 7:04 pm
Edited on: March 27, 2011 7:30 pm
SAN ANTONIO -- That headline is a true story.

Smith, the Ohio State athletics director and also the head of the NCAA basketball committee, refused to make official Mike Eades available to the USBWA pool reporter at Sunday's Southwest Region final. The request was made by me, honestly, because I wanted to know why Eades put both hands on VCU coach Shaka Smart's chest and pushed him back toward the sideline after Smart ran onto the court and drew a technical foul.

No, Smith told the pool reporter. Eades doesn't have to answer to that. Furthermore, Smith said, referees commonly put their hands on a coach in that situation to keep the coach from going any farther onto the court.

Never seen it myself, but I can live with that explanation.

Plus it gives me an excuse to quote Smart, who was asked afterward about the technical:

"I try not to get technicals. It's the first technical foul I've gotten all year, and the second one I've gotten in two years, I was mad at myself after I got it. I kind of lost it a little bit ... I didn't even say anything, but I guess I charged out there and ran a little bit faster than I should have. Which is actually the reason I got the other technical last year, too. I've got to control my pace as I move toward the officials.

"But what did I say to the team [after the technical]? We got in the huddle. First, I apologized to the team for getting a technical foul, because you never as a coach want to be part of giving the other team points. But I told our team something that I can't necessarily repeat verbatim here, but it was basically, 'Forget about the refs, forget Kansas. This is all about us and we've got to do what we've got to do.'"

Forget the refs and forget Kansas, huh? I think I can guess exactly what he said.

Category: NCAAB
Tags: VCU

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2011 11:40 am

Ref pushes Shaka; Gene Smith doesn't care

Haven't we all figured out that Gene Smith doesn't care about the rules period?

Since: Aug 22, 2009
Posted on: April 3, 2011 10:20 am

Watch much basketball?

"Never seen it myself,"Never seen a ref restrain a coach?  Perhaps Smith has actually seen a few games and realizes this is a no-story story and decides not to expose a ref to a noob.  Smith did you a favor but you can't see it.

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2011 10:01 pm

Ref pushes Shaka; Gene Smith doesn't care

Perhaps the point of the article should be how much of an idiot Gene Smith is.  After the selection flop, you think he would learn.  Or perhaps all the crap going on at OSU.
Why are the referees protected from the media?  They are adults. They can answer for themselves.

Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: March 28, 2011 9:24 am

Ref pushes Shaka; Gene Smith doesn't care

Doesn't Doyel creepily look like Cho Seung-Hui in his avatar picture? You know, the one where he is agressively holding the hammer to his head?

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: March 27, 2011 11:56 pm

Ref pushes Shaka; Gene Smith doesn't care

I agree, time to get rid of him.  You are talking about Doyel, right?

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2011 9:01 pm

Officials need to be put in their places...

This is why you cannot have these guys around too long --just like we need term limits in congress.  Why are some of these officials still here, after 20-30 years?  Players come and go, coaches come and go...but the officials are still the same? (many are, anyhow)   They need to have about ten years of work, and then they need to get a real-job (like Charles  It is not easy being an official, granted; but the people do not come to the games to see the officials.  There's alot of excellent HS officials out there who would die for a job like that --let's give them the chance.  I am not impressed, at all, by the overall officiating in this tourney.  To much traveling let go, NO three-seconds called --and the games are allowed to get much too physical.  DO YOU JOBS, officials!  The game is for the players, and not for you. 

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2011 7:30 pm

Ref pushes Shaka; Gene Smith doesn't care

Forget this.

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