"We're supposed to enforce the rules as written, right? © 2020 ABG-SI LLC. They are, by legal terms, Big 12 officials. They polled everyone from head coaches at elite programs to assistants at some of the smallest schools in Division I. "I had no clue what I was doing," Ayers said. That followed a western swing of five straight days that took him to, in order, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Spokane, Tucson and Salt Lake City. The Big Ten, conversely, has the weakest reputation when compared to the ACC, Big East, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC. In each of the last four seasons, Higgins worked more than 90 games. That was refreshing (get back to us come mid-February). The night before that, in Waco. "To hear this, it's a tribute to a lot of people who have helped me," Ayers said. I never went to law school but common sense, and the law, says you're right. Story Links. His father was a football and basketball coach at the local high school. A list of NCAA Division I, II, and III college sports conferences with contact information. Ayers stayed in the locker room two hours after that game and couldn't eat that night because he was sick. (His father was Bohemian, and his mother was part Native American.) They hate us, but they have to have us.

He estimates that he works approximately 85 games a season, including the NCAA Tournament, "I'm getting goosebumps talking about," Ayers said. Thats why we all have learned the names and faces of only a few reffs that we have seen constantly and dont know the names of 95percent of the officials in america. The three referees working Monday night's game were Mark Whitehead, Bert Smith and Tom O'Neill. I didn't see the sixth player on the court. It will be with me until I retire.". "I took the heat because I was the crew chief. Scores from any date in BAA/NBA or ABA history. He understands the pressures coaches are under, and he has a really good feel for what's happening in the game," says one Big 12 head coach.

", "The game never gets too big, intense or even remotely out of control with him. Everyone that posted above you beleive it or not already knew there was no such thing as big 12 officials. Coaches said Ayers is humble and treats every team and coach with the same amount of respect. Bieber led the MLB in wins, strikeouts and ERA in 2020. Now, it's of course the opposite.". You don't expect the out-of-nowhere technical foul when you jump his ass at the end of the game and it's as four-point game. Some top-of-the-resumé information about the poll's big winners: All these officials are crew chiefs, and all work the biggest conferences, so it makes sense they would get the most votes. For example, during a particularly brutal stretch in early January, Higgins worked a game at Stanford that tipped off at 6 p.m. local time. One other than dougie sirmons He screwed seton hall to make it about himself. A highly-respected official who had refereed two games at the 2006 World Cup flawlessly, he was firmly in line to be given the job for the final. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Commissioner.com is a registered trademark of CBS Interactive Inc. site: media | arena: collegebasketball | pageType: stories | Big West Conference. And yet, in the heart of the offseason, the coaches we surveyed had plenty to say and lots of respect to throw at a number of officials. ", "He's obviously a showman of all showmen. There are approximately 950 Division I men's basketball officials. He provides reminders throughout the game to players about the line they are close to foul-wise -- and that's something that doesn't happen nearly enough. The night before that, in Stillwater. The amount of money an NCAA referee earns for officiating at basketball games largely depends on the nature of his employment. 214/742-1212 Division I. "I think he's one of the great refs. Big Twelve Conference. "The younger guys have a hard time doing that because they're afraid they're going to lose games. 801/392-1978 Division I. He worked in the Developmental League for a year, but decided his ultimate goal was to one day work a Final Four.

He takes great pride in his ability, conditioning and awareness. It was just another week in the vertiginous, sleep-deprived, sensory-overloaded, itinerant life of one of college basketball's most in-demand referees. Copyright © 2020 Referee Enterprises Inc. We won't send you spam. I think he lets the players dictate the game. We still see a whole lot of the same referees calling most of the games in the big 12.
It's a difficult job, fast-paced, but I love what I do. Watch an NBA game and the difference is glaring. Are you a Stathead, too? That's me.".

Whomever the refs were in the Bucknell game , they sure left the players play unlike the BIG 12 officials. Later that night, he flew on a redeye to Minneapolis and landed at 4 a.m. Not only did they have six players on the court, but the next morning WKU fired their head coach, and I have to live with that. Big12Sports.com will have an additional feature later this season on the special behind-the-scenes travels Barnhouse took part in with this talented Conference officiating crew. Referee, the world’s original sports officiating magazine, educates, challenges and inspires officials at all levels. Once you sign a contract and pay someone, they are, your employee. I don't think any coach intimidates him. Here's our list of the 15 biggest howlers ever made by the men in black. Or write about sports? Ayers not only won the poll, but his name was broached by coaches who picked a different No. Every ref is going to make good and bad calls, but his personality doesn't get in the way. Big Ten Conference. Though a number of calls in the game were disputed, two stood out above all others. 2/16/2012 2:59:00 PM The next day, he worked the Arizona State-Arizona game, during which he ejected Sun Devils coach Bobby Hurley. ", In this respect, Higgins is well served by having Shaw as his primary assigner. I love what the coaches have to say about me, it's very flattering, but that's all good and fine here in August.". He understands the game really, really well, three. After he returned to Omaha, Higgins continued to referee local rec league games as a hobby. That league's officiating … Now check your email to confirm your subscription to the Referee.com Review. ChrisWVU1 wrote: There are no such thing as big 12 referees. What is sad is that John Higgins led all NCAA referees with 96 games. Join our linker program. 1 after landing top 10-recruit, ACC/Big Ten Challenge features Duke vs. Illinois, "He has good communications. "It's actually a huge surprise," Ayers said. By his own admission, Shaw regularly called "the most [technicals] in the country" during his 21 years as a Division I referee.

He remembers about 15 years ago spotting a sign during a game at Missouri State suggesting he should be on TV show Baywatch. They are independent contractors and work other leagues. His thing is to come over, say, 'Hey, I'm only going to listen if you talk to me instead of yell at me. Whether he has something against the other coach, which he certainly could, I don't care because he's giving us a fair shake. Big Sky Athletic Conference. They are independent contractors. I'm low-profile. "I'd ask you, do you work five days a week?" Having worked for FedEx Ground corporate for five years - including working closely with the legal department to defend the comapny's independent contractor business model - I assure you, you're both wrong (Fedex Ground does not own any of the trucks that pickup and deliver your packages; they only own the trailers; the people picking up and delivering aren't employed by FXG; they are either independent contractors or the employees of an independent contractor). Ayers has the data to back up coaches' claims, too. Those are the five things that come to mind to make a great ref. He has seen pictures of his kids posted online by angry fans.

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I've seen opposing coaches 'motherf---' him, and he doesn't jump off deep end and immediately give guys a technical.
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