"(I) think about 'The Lion King,' Simba gets hit over the head and (he's told) 'the past can hurt,' " Harbaugh said Monday afternoon. "'You can either run from it or embrace it and learn from it.'
In the wake of the Aaron Craft charging call, people are finally starting to seriously question the way in which NCAA refs overcall charging.
USA Today's Chris Chase
The problem, perhaps, isn't with the call, it's with the idea that college basketball rewards defensive players for sliding into position and standing still rather than playing defense.
This may be the most notable blown charge call in this year’s tournament, but it certainly isn’t the first. It’s an epidemic, really. Referees, who are now forced to focus on when a defender has their feet and whether or not they are outside the charge circle, are missing more and more calls under the basket. The Flagrant 1 elbow rule needs to be the first thing addressed by the rules committee this offseason, as that’s easily the worst rule in college basketball. But the referees need to get together and figure out how to start calling charges and blocks correctly.
http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/24/remember-aaron-cra... Jay Bilas (who's been on this all season)
On the charge call, college basketball refs repeatedly call charges on clear blocks. It is an epidemic, and a failure. We can do better.
Someone's even started a #EverythingsACharge hashtag on twitter.
Charges should be rare and obvious calls. Charges should not be able to be "drawn," they should only be called in the case of violent and careless offensive play. Any 50/50 calls should go to the offensive player until college basketball stamps out the epidemic of defenders getting in the way and falling over. In particular, it needs to eliminate charging calls when help defenders slide over and don't contest the ball.
Drawing a charge is not defense, it's just getting in the way. It encourages flopping. It's dangerous, as it frequently undercuts an airborne player. And it discourages exciting plays where defenders contest offensive players going to the rim in the air. And in general, charging cheapens the game.
Death to the Charge!
In the interest of keeping redundant forum posts to a minimum, I'm starting this one where we can post everything refbitch worthy.
I'm watching the Memphis-CSUN game (it just went to half time), and it's been pretty remarkable: these calls and non-calls are so egregious you'd assume that the refs had an agenda/were crooked. But when you realize that one moment it's a missed 3-hop-travel call on Memphis and the next moment it's a missed forearm-to-the-face on CSUN, it dawns on you: these guys are too incompetent to be crooked.
I honestly think that these guys are hired for the tournament on some b.s., handshaking, it's-who-you-know basis. Most high school referees are far more competent, so we know it's not a meritocracy.
I'm sure I'll repost here nearly every round.
Did anyone happen to see the elbow thrown by Suton tonight against Indiana? I got back from class and turned on a relatively tight game (for Indiana) midway through the second half. Suton was fighting for a loose ball under the basket, was frustrated with Indiana players grabbing at the ball too and subsequently through an elbow. While he didn't break a nose, it was much more egregious than Manny's at Purdue. However, as per usual no foul even. I guess I'm just bitter...
So which ref error do you think was the worst this weekend?
1) Flagrant foul on Manny Harris, kicking him out of the game.
2) Notre Dame's "goal" on the angled skate
3) Blowing the play dead when we were about to score with 25 seconds or whatever left
4) Other (specify)
Was anyone else as mad as I was when there was no late hit penalty on the play in the first quarter when Odoms dropped the pass, it was whistled dead like 4-5 times, then a Minnesota player hit run, rolling on his ankle a bit and hurting him (if only temporarily)?
It seems like I've seen so many weak, weak, weak late hits this year and yet here, when a player hits the guys after several whistles and HURTS him, no call. Everyone always complains about the refs, but this year, in the booth and on the field, they've been noticably terrible.