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  1. Players who enter stands now guaranteed to be ejected

    Feb 19, 2014, 5:41 PM EDT

    smart2

    In the aftermath of Marcus Smart shoving Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr in early February, many wondered why Smart was merely assessed a technical foul for “unsportsmanlike conduct” and not ejected from the game. The reason for this: the officials did not have the power to eject Smart, and that revealed a problem with the…

  2. Big 12, Missouri Valley refs reminded about new points of emphasis

    Jan 24, 2014, 11:41 AM EDT

    Bill Self

    Much was made about the new points of emphasis in college basketball during non-conference play, with the move to encourage more freedom of movement for offensive players resulting in not only higher scoring games but higher foul counts as well. But there was a question that lingered during the months of November and December: would…

  3. NCAA releases early numbers on scoring increase in college basketball

    Dec 12, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    hightower

    Now that we’re a month into the college basketball season, it’s a good time to take a look at the impact that the new points of emphasis regarding contact have had on the sport. Of course there have been some foul-fests due to the combination of players and officials working to adjust to the rules…

  4. College basketball’s use of zone defenses up six percent from last season

    Dec 4, 2013, 6:02 PM EDT

    boeheim

    With the changes in the way that contact is being called, college basketball has seen an increase in the number of fouls called and the number of free throws attempted in 2013-14. This has been one reason why scoring’s increased after being historically low last season; added opportunities to score by way of an “unchallenged”…

  5. Improving offensive production will require consistent enforcement of new rules

    Oct 16, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    University of Miami coach Larranaga reacts to an official's call during the first half of their second round NCAA basketball game against Pacific University in Austin

    Every year college basketball officials have points of emphasis that they’ll be focusing on during the season. It’s a familiar pattern: talk about the need to enforce the new rules, do so during a decent portion of the non-conference schedule…and then go right back to the way things were when conference play begins. Entering the…

  6. American Athletic Conference joins five-league officiating consortium

    Jul 26, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Mike Aresco

    With the change in name (formerly the Big East) and in membership (most members are former Conference USA schools), the American Athletic Conference was bound to undergo a change in its officiating. On Friday the league announced that it has joined a five-league officiating consortium that includes the Big 12, Conference USA, Ohio Valley and…

  7. John Cahill to supervise officials in ‘new’ Big East

    May 3, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT

    John Calipari, John Cahill

    The supervisor of officials for the “new” Big East Conference, which will be officially recognized by the NCAA on August 1, will be a face familiar to many fans who have followed the holdovers for years. That person would be John Cahill, who makes the move from the floor after forty years as a game…

  8. Pac-12 launches independent review of conference tournament officiating

    Apr 10, 2013, 9:09 PM EDT

    Pac-12

    The question of whether or not a legitimate “bounty” was placed on Arizona head coach Sean Miller during the Pac-12 tournament eventually led to the resignation of Pac-12 coordinator of basketball officials Ed Rush. But even with Rush’s decision to step aside the Pac-12 still has to address the question as to whether or not…

  9. Pac-12 coordinator of basketball officials Ed Rush resigns

    Apr 4, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

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    The story of Pac-12 coordinator of officials Ed Rush allegedly placing a “bounty” on Arizona head coach Sean Miller was one that slipped into the background after initial outrage on Monday due in large part to the happenings at Rutgers. But there’s no doubt that this situation, in which Rush was reported to have offered…

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