Everyone is screaming for expanded use of replay in college basketball because of the atrocious officiating at the end of the St. John's-Rutgers Big East Tournament game Wednesday. Currently, replay can only be used to determine if a bucket was worth two or three points, whether the shot was released in time, to correct a timing error or determine how much time should be on the clock.
Remember, there are nearly 350 Division I schools. Not every game is televised. But every conference tournament is televised. So it makes sense to me, that if you are going to expand what calls and situations replay can be used for, that you do it in the conference tournaments only. These are the games with the most at stake -- an automatic NCAA berth -- anyway.
I wouldn't expand the use of replay, but I would make sure those officials don't work another game the rest of the year.
Speaking of mistakes, how about Ohio State President Gordon Gee when asked if he ever thought of firing football coach Jim Tressel? He said, "I'm just hoping the coach doesn't dismiss me."
He'll never live down the most honest sentence of his life.
Then again, Tressel may never live down his dishonesty during this ordeal.
Whose shoes would you rather be in?
Give it up to the NCAA for a very quiet change they have made in Division I baseball this year. A 20-second clock for balls and strikes has been instituted. The clock is not physically apparent in the outfield (except in the SEC), the way it is at basketball and football games. The timing is being kept by the umpires.
The rule only applies when no one is on base. If a runner is on, the pitcher (and batter) can take as long as he wants.
With no one on base, the pitcher must deliver the ball to the batter within 20 seconds of getting the ball back from the catcher. In turn, the hitter must be ready to receive the pitch within the same 20 seconds. According to the Wall Street Journal, this very modest change coupled with only 90 seconds being allotted in between innings has reduced the average college baseball game by 17 minutes so far this year, compared to 2010.
So far this year I can only find one instance where this rule has been enforced. A TCU hitter had a strike called on him.
Shortening or strictly enforcing a time period in between innings may be tough in the majors because every game is televised and money rules. However, I have long advocated Major League Baseball to adopt this 20-second timing method and penalty. The independent Northern League adopted the same procedures in the mid-1990s and the pace of play was noticeably better.
One would have to believe this change, much like expanded use of instant replay, will ultimately find its way into MLB within the next couple of years. If not for all of MLB, when the Yankees and Red Sox meet 18 times, could they be forced to play by these rules?
They are s-l-o-w ...