Originally Posted by stu
A change I'd like to see in officiating NCAA Tournament games: Officials should come from conferences other than those of the participating teams. I think familiarity with one team but not the other could lead to unintentional bias.
Another change I'd like to see in officiating all games: Each coach should be given one or two peremptory challenges. That could improve situations where an official really doesn't like a team or a coach or a player. Also a record of frequent peremptory challenges could be used to guide poor officials into other occupations.
Both excellent ideas. Tennis players are allowed to challenge calls, why not BB coaches? (OK, I realize they have those cool little camera thingies.) Nevertheless, basketball reffing as it now stands gives the refs quasi-divine power, and no one is that good. When national sports announcers are audibly angry about more than one call (hell, when Rebkell posters, who don't tend to like west-coast BB that much, are upset), something is not quite right.