Nutt Gone; MAAC Madness

By David Scott - February 20, 2008

Two topics that probably can't go without some kind of comment.

1. Nutt steps down

Dickey, of the famous Coaching Nutts.

That Sun Belt's a killer, man.

2. Fairfield beats Marist in 2OT

The MAAC is mad already! What sounded like a typical, wild MAAC contest in most write-ups turns out to have been one wild and wooly affair. (The reference to Margaret McCaffery is explained quite well here .

So much so, in fact, that the MAAC released this statement Tuesday afternoon:

Official MAAC Statement Regarding Marist-Fairfield Men's Basketball Game

"After reviewing the issues related to the game with the Arena at Harbor Yard staff, MAAC Men's Basketball Coordinator of Officials Brad Tracy and the MAAC staff, I would note the following:

"There was a problem with the timing devices throughout the evening. One of the problems might have been that the batteries to the officials' packs were not changed after the preceding women's game. The arena staff is continuing a check of the Precision Timing console and the clock system to insure that it is in working order for future contests.

"As to the out of bounds call with 2.1 seconds left in regulation, the officials ruled that it was Marist ball, because the Fairfield player had gone out of bounds. After reviewing the tape of the game, it is clearly an error by the official who blew the whistle, and he maintained that he definitely saw the player out of bounds. The call is not correctable, and the only question the officials reviewed on the courtside monitor was how much time should be on the game clock.

"As for the issue about the Fairfield player calling timeout as part of this sequence, a timeout must recognized by the officials. None of the officials on the game recognized the timeout in question.

"The MAAC Coordinator of Officials is reviewing the issues related to this call with the involved officials."

Not a glorious moment for the league, by any means. But quirks like these are what make the MAAC so damn entertaining.

Posted by David Scott at 12:48 AM on February 20, 2008

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