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Rick Pitino has had enough of Big East officials

The Big East NEEDS to say something about these blown calls. They can't just deal with it internally anymore, if they even deal with it at all. There have been too many calls made by refs who had no view of the play, too many errant calls, too many inconsistencies in fouls called, and too many times that the refs didn't know the rule book. I understand that refs are humans, and mistakes are going to be made, especially in the middle of a game. However, missed calls that are clearly erroneous, such as the ball off the head and no UofL player body part was anywhere near it, or the refs not knowing the rule book, like them checking the replay to determine possession, is inexcusable.

There were 3 plays within 20 seconds of play time that those refs blew: the ball off the head, the no call on Delk being tackled on the three attempt, and not calling jump ball to determine possession. They missed the Pitt player stepping on the baseline. They also did nothing on the Seton Hall player walking on to the court and trying to inbound.

Now, the explanation that I've heard for the Seton Hall play was an inadvertent whistle. That very well may be the case, and that may have been the case. The Seton hall player didn't seem to think there was a whistle, as he continued to try and inbound it. The WVU player admitted after the game that the ball went off him and out of bounds with 6.7 seconds left. The league and the refs need to address these issues. Continuing to not talk about these issues publicly does nothing but hurt the league. If I made a mistake at my job, and made my boss or my company look stupid, I know I would be held accountable, whether it be a reprimand or even a suspension. Referees need to be held accountable for their actions as well. They should not being affecting the outcome of these games as much as they have been this season. 

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