We’re trying to get past this, but we just can’t. On the link, read on for some more on the fallout from the Oregon technical. Sorry but I had to wait until I got to Phoenix to post it.
• The Seattle Times’ Bud Withers is still looking into the technical foul called at the end of the first overtime in the Oregon game. To summarize: DeAngelo Casto scored with .3 seconds left. Oregon’s Michael Dunigan grabbed the ball and walked toward the Oregon bench, finally turning toward the baseline but not going out-of-bounds. Before he could, referee Mike Littlewood had blown his whistle. The officials talked. WSU was given a technical. Oregon tied the game, won in double overtime. The officials defend their position, citing rules. WSU AD Jim Sterk asks the Pac-10 to look at it again. Two days later the Pac-10 stands behind the ruling, citing another rule. Oregon’s win stands. Cougar fans everywhere are ticked. Got it? Well, NCAA coordinator of men’s basketball officials John Adams, responding to a fan’s question, sent an e-mail today that was forwarded to me, supporting the ruling, calling it a judgment call. That opinion, which the Pac-10 will also embrace I’m sure, makes the opinion of Ed Bilik, the secretary-editor of the rules’ committee whom Bud talked with, moot, because even if someone who oversees the rules thinks it was the wrong call and if any officials’ supervisor anywhere agrees with them, I doubt anyone is going to overturn what has been labeled a judgment call. … Check out this link from the NCAA. Under updates, the newest one is titled “End of Game Reminders.” Read the first paragraph and notice the underlines. Interesting.
• That’s it for tonight. We’ll be back with our morning post. Until then …