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Source: Big East forced refs' withdrawl

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08:19 AM ET 03.11 | While many speculated as much from the outset, the Big East officials' gesture to step out of the tournament may not have been voluntary. By exiting as quickly as they left the court, the three officials who were involved in those puzzling no-calls in the final moments of St. John's 65-63 victory over Rutgers on Wednesday have stopped the controversy from overshadowing the entire Big East Tournament. ... Sources told the Daily News that Big East commissioner John Marinatto -- after consulting with his supervisor of officials Art Hyland -- felt the league had no choice but to suspend Tim Higgins, Jim Burr and Earl Walton from officiating duties for the remainder of the week.

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March 11, 2011  08:29 AM ET

Nah, no way, never...refs never screw up. Referees are like Johnson grass...you just have to live with 'em.

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March 11, 2011  09:39 AM ET

Yes, it was as if the ref had to go pee really really bad.

March 11, 2011  09:42 AM ET

Embarrassing game for those in the officiating profession.

At last - a conference that isn't afraid to pull refs! I wonder if the MWC can ask the Big East to pull some of their zebras; definitely don't have the guts to do it themselves!!

March 11, 2011  09:46 AM ET

Yawn.....

March 11, 2011  09:47 AM ET
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Yes, it was as if the ref had to go pee really really bad.

Amazing Van, amazing.

March 11, 2011  10:03 AM ET
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Yes, it was as if the ref had to go pee really really bad.

When you're as old as they are, your prostate becomes quite a problem.

March 11, 2011  10:05 AM ET
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Yawn.....

You won't be yawning when the referees screw YOUR team out of a chance to advance in a major tournament. Might even happen this afternoon. You never know.

March 11, 2011  10:21 AM ET
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You won't be yawning when the referees screw YOUR team out of a chance to advance in a major tournament. Might even happen this afternoon. You never know.

My teams sucks so bad we can't even dream about a major tournament :-).

I know what you are saying, though. We lost a real game (football) due to poor officiating....had Florida beat in the swamp 2 years ago. The refs got suspended for 2 games and we got an apology letter from the SEC....didn't help me feel any better!

March 11, 2011  10:57 AM ET

They need to be investigated. That whole situation was so blatantly mishandled I can't believe it was done simply by mistake. They were trying to give St. Johns that win. That crew doing yesterday's Syracuse/St. John's game tried to hand it to St. John's as well. Someone in the big city was doing everything they could ($$$) to help out St. Johns.

March 11, 2011  11:00 AM ET

I want to know what "withdrawl" means.

Maybe it's how a Texan describes their child's speech. As in, "He was born withdrawl."

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March 11, 2011  11:36 AM ET
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I want to know what "withdrawl" means.

It's one of the only two means of birth control approved by the Pope.

March 11, 2011  11:39 AM ET
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No one's born with a drawl. It's a language skill which must be dutifully instilled. It's on page 5 of the Texas Parenting Handbook.

It ain't easy, either. Not being a Texan, it took me quite a while to learn "y'all" is singular and "all y'all" is plural...

March 11, 2011  11:47 AM ET
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It's one of the only two means of birth control approved by the Pope.

Ha ha ha,, and certainly not the most foolproof or easiest to go with.

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March 11, 2011  11:53 AM ET
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And not as fun.

The timing has to be just right, not easy!

 
March 11, 2011  11:57 AM ET
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The timing has to be just right, not easy!

Dude! LOVE the avatar! From Quiet Man, right?

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