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An Explanation of the foul call in the ASU game

While the fall-out form Sunday's loss to ASU has pretty much died down. I found this intriguin explanation about the supposed conflict in what the call actually was.

From The OCR:

With less than a minute left and USC trailing by six, Hackett drove, collided with Arizona State's Jamelle McMillan and sank a layup. Referee Randy McCall held up his fist, seemingly indicating a blocking foul. But Hirsch said "two different calls were not made on the play."

"In reviewing the play," Hirsch said, "David Hall and Randy McCall simultaneously called fouls on the play (signaled with the raised hand). Only then did Hall signal a charging foul. McCall never indicated a block call, so he was never overruled by Hall. In addition, McCall never indicated that the basket by Hackett that followed was good."


OK, so just what call did McCall make. It's clear that he saw some sort of infraction otherwise he wouldn't have blown his whistle an raised his hand. It would seem to me that if the ref makes a call he has a responsibility to at least commit to what the foul was. That there was no discussion between the ref's once again shows just how shoddy the conference is when it comes to officiating. If McCall and Hall had at least made the effort to discuss it and then explain it to Floyd maybe we don't have and embarrassing show of emotion on our hands.

The "charge" looked iffy at best especilly with McMillan's feet moving. Floyd may still blown a gasket but at least there would be no wiggle room if the refs simply took the time to confer what was called. Once again the Pac-10 is brunt of the CBB world's jokes because they couldn't take two seconds to discuss it to get it right...

UPDATE: This is from The OCR (via the Pac-10) just a little while ago...

Here’s the statement from the league:

Pac-10 Conference Commissioner Tom Hansen today announced support for game officials David Hall, Randy McCall and Dick Cartmell for their work in last Sunday’s (February 15) USC-Arizona State game.

Several media outlets incorrectly reported on the officiating mechanics on a play in the final minute of the game.

Officials David Hall and Randy McCall simultaneously whistled a foul with :47.9 seconds remaining in the contest. Hall called a charge on USC’s Daniel Hackett. McCall did not signal a block call nor indicate a basket had been made as has been erroneously reported.

“The play was correctly officiated and the proper mechanics were used on the call,” Hansen said. “Video confirms that Mr. McCall did not make any signal other than raising his right arm to indicate he had seen a foul. He then checked with Mr. Hall, and upon seeing he had called a charging foul, pointed at Hall to confirm he agreed with the call.

“It is puzzling how anyone who observed the play could have imagined that Mr. McCall signaled any specific type of foul. He definitely did not.”

No Kidding?


Does anyone think that Hansen would have said anything different?

Anyone? Buehler Buehler

I thought so...what a joke!

You be the judge...