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Old 01-17-2005, 10:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Officiating

Oh Jesus NUHF, how far has the officiating slipped when the you "are lucky to get Leroy Hendricks!" He's terrible too.

One way to get good officials on your games in the Northeast is to play games on Sundays, Thursdays and Fridays. Dates when the Big East doesn't traditionally play many games. I have gone to a couple of MAAC friday night and thursday night games this year and you get good crews. These guys love those paychecks and if they can grab a game on a "off night" for the big league they will certainly do it. Yesterday's UNH/Bing game had Bob Adams and Tommy Lopes on the game. That is 2 very quality guys that on Saturday you would not have had a chance at.

Here are some guys you want to see walk in your gym:
Bob Adams, John Hughes, Fran Connolly (I believe these 3 have worked the AE Champ game the past 4 years), Timmy O'Brien, Reggie Greenwood (not great but better than many alternatives), John Cahill/Mike Kitts (but very rarely will you get them cause they do mostly BE and MAAC), Ray Perrone, Jack Sweeney, Tom Lopes.

Head for the exits your in for a long night when you see the following:
Rich Antonelli (the ABSOLUTE worst cause he combines being a terrible official with having a terrible personality and a quick fuse), Gary Agger, The really hairy guy who's name escapes me, Bill Laubenstein (another bad one with a quick fuse, do they ever think their is a reason why they are getting yelled at the whole game and their partners aren't?), and I know I'm missing a few others.

The fact of the matter is guys are going to miss calls, even the guys on the top list. But how they handle their misses and how they handle the coaches and players is what sets them apart. The guys on top are stronger cause all of them knwo how to communicate. To give an explanation, to admit a mistake, and to not compound a mistake by being confrontational. Coaches respect the guys who are like that and know in the end it will mostly balance out. Its part of the game and if you get hung up on it and forget to coach your team, you are in a lot worse trouble.
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Old 01-17-2005, 11:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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JW -

I mixed up Reggie Greenwood with Leroy Hendricks. You're right, Leroy is awful. Reggie isn't bad - he did a sweet 16 game this past tournament (or the tournament before).

The real hairy guy is Rich Giallella - he's got big time rabbit ears, so its easy to get under his skin. The one thing about him that is bearable, is that he's good with a make-up call. If one of his partners absolutely butchers a call, he'll give you a make-up within 2-3 minutes.

Laubenstein is all about ego. He's in it for himself. Look at the games he does - he almost invites confrontation with coaches and players. He's got a short fuse himself.

Personally, I think Fran Connolly has slipped a tad the past few years, but he's probably in the top third to quarter of the officials in the league. His big problem is consistency, as Rozzie noted, Luchansky didn't call something in one Maine game and did the next game - that's not a good official. Connolly swallowed his whistle when NU played Holy Cross in Worcester, and when NU played Binghamton in their next game, he was calling a LOT more - and he was partnered with Ray Perrone.

John Gwynn is a guy who I think can be a good ref, but he's been too inconsistent, but he's young.

There used to be another Cahill who did games, does he not do them any more?
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Not sure which Cahill you would be referring to. The only 1 I know is John Cahill who in my opinion is one of the Top 5 in the whole country. I believe he worked a Final Four game last year. I was pretty certain the hairy guy was Rich Gialella. He was the 3rd guy on the UNH/Bing game yesterday. John Gwynn is a name I've heard but I can't place the face. Another guy I always liked was Steve Sanford I believe his name is. Did a lot of my games when I coached D3 but then 3 years later he was already on some AE games. He's from the RI area and is good.
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I haven't seen Steve Sanford in a while, but I agree, he's pretty good.

John Gwynn played for Jim Calhoun at UConn in the early 1990s. He's a short, somewhat stocky guy. He has a tendency to let the game flow and only calls real obviosu things, then he'll mess it all up with dumb calls from out of nowhere.

I know he does a bunch of NEC and D-2 games, but I've seen his name in AE box scores.
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John Cahill's brother, Dinny, is also an NCAA ref. He is a former Siena point guard, having graduated in 1974 or 75. In fact, one of the Cahills reffed the Albany - Binghamton game last week and a few of us in the stands were having trouble figuring out which one it was. To me, it looked like Dinny. The next day, in the box score on the UA website and in the Daily Gazette, it said John Cahill and in the box score on Yahoo and in the Times Union, it said Din Cahill. Much as I hate to say anothing good about a Siena grad, they are both good refs.

Am interested in your opinion on another Albany based ref who works AE game, Mike Alvaro.
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Speaking of Officiating

This wasn't a foul in the NU/UMBC game....

http://www.gonu.com/mbasketball/

Check the picture of the kid grabbing Aaron Davis' jersey.

Yep, we've got good refs in the AE!
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I'm curious and honestly not trying to be argumentative, but, next year when you (NU) play home league games, how will the CAA assign refs? Will they fly regular league refs up from the Virginia/North Carolina area, or will they "subcontract" it out to New England based refs who otherwise generally would not be working CAA games?
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No clue, I haven't checked the Hofstra box scores to see who their officials are to see if there are familiar names.

I think you'll still see the "Better" Northeast refs doing NU games, and for non-conference games we'll likely get the same jerks who do our games now.
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Statefan,

I do not have my info handy, but do you remember the name of the ref who used to do Albany games, even when it was Division III?

He was a speaker at Doc Sauers's retirement dinner and was quite high up the ranks of reffing. I think he had done a semi-final or final game for the Division I Final Four that year or before.

I remember his face quite well. He was blond-haired and looked quite authoritative.
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I believe you're thinking of Jim Burr, who now does Big East and Big Ten games mostly. Last I knew, he lived in Latham.
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i'm not 100% sure which guy Mike Alvaro is, but I know I see his name on plenty of games. Even in the Big East. I was not aware John Cahill brother was an official.
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