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NCAA Turns their back on Ted Valentine, not allowed to ref in NCAA Tournament

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NCAA Turns their back on Ted Valentine, not allowed to ref in NCAA Tournament

NCAA Turns their back on Ted Valentine, not allowed to ref in NCAA Tournament

ESPN is reporting that referee Ted Valentine (aka TV Teddy) will not be seen at this year’s NCAA Tournament.

It’s about time someone had the guts to give this guy what he deserves. Valentine has been out there dictating game flow, taking things personal and influencing outcomes of games for years. The ACC has given him a few slaps on the wrist but that’s it. Now, the NCAA has finally stepped in and gave him something to think about.

If you remember, Valentine was the ref who T’d up Torin Dorn for no reason and then went on a binge of calls against the Wolfpack, which led to another T against coach Kevin Keatts, which played a part in the Pack’s road loss to Georgia Tech. That childish and unprofessional display of refereeing caused Debbie Yow and NC State to file a complaint with the league.

It’s unclear if the NC State situation played into this or not, but it seems as if it stems more from the Joel Berry and UNC incident. And looking at his quotes, it seems as if Valentine still doesn’t get it…

“I asked him why. We talked about the Joel Berry situation and how he had a discussion with the Big Ten. But I told him, ‘I fixed the situation.'” said Valentine (ESPN)

Here is the play being referenced (followed by more antics from Valentine.)

 

There are no take backs in college basketball. You have a job to do as a referee and when you refuse to do it, or you do it poorly, you should be punished. But that’s not the way Ted sees it.

“I went back a week later and apologized, and he and I were joking and kidding. It was no big deal. I even pulled him out of a situation where he could have gotten a technical foul.” Valentine told ESPN

It is a big deal, Teddy. Even if Joel Berry really did have the decency to joke with you afterward, you were wrong. Being a referee is a job that holds tons of responsibility. There are million dollar contracts riding on these games, there are hours and hours of work put into practices that lead to these games, whose outcomes decide success of entire seasons. So for a ref to put on a show like this, when he blatantly missed a call, it is disgusting an there is no room for it in the sport.

Not to mention, he’s over here trying to take credit for “taking Berry out of a situation where he could have gotten a technical foul.’ Really?

I don’t think we need to say anymore. Those comments tell you all you need to know about who Ted Valentine is and how he views his job.

Good on the NCAA for taking a stand against an employee who has been putting himself above the game for a long, long time.

UPDATE:

We were sent this video clip which we found interesting. This is former coach and ESPN commentator Dan Dakich telling the viewers that Ted Valentine is not a good referree, listing the reasons why.

After that began to circulate yesterday, Mr. Dakich himself decided to tweet something strange.

After being reminded of the video, he stood his ground on his now very public 180.

I wonder what kind of “talk” he had with him. Ted Valentine must be a pretty convincing guy….or Dan Dakich is still hunting for a coaching job and doesn’t need clips of him blasting refs circulating. Not sure which it is.

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Dof87
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Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. He can go over the Karl’s house to watch the games.

backdpack
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About time is right.

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