Our short, regional nightmare is over.
According to ACC Sports.com, the Atlantic Coast Conference has made the decision to severe ties with
universally loathed controversial basketball official Karl Hess.
The severance is not simply a reaction to the incident this past weekend, when Hess told a Wake Forest fan sitting courtside that he wants to watch his "Egyptian ass ref a game." That fan, Indian-American and one of the Demon Deacons' biggest boosters Mit Shah, was in conversation with the conference on Monday evening, an additional source told ACCSports.com. Shah has served on the Wake Forest Board of Trustees and is deeply embedded in the athletic department.
Instead, that incident was more of a tipping point. Hess was long under the watch of Clougherty for his past controversial actions, which include the ejection of former NC State players Tom Gugliotta and Chris Corchiani from a game in February of 2012 and an unusually early technical on NC State coach Mark Gottfried earlier this season. He was not scheduled to officiate the 2015 ACC Tournament, a source told Glenn.
There's no word yet on when this decision will go into effect, but it's a pretty safe bet that you won't see Hess calling another Louisville game until the NCAA Tournament, if at all.
Hoops referees are independent contractors, and this move will not keep Hess from blowing his whistle too many times and acting unnecessarily antagonistic towards players and coaches from other conferences.
We'll always have Winston-Salem, Karl.