Jump Around

House of Pain

SO there was a little brou-ha-ha last night near the conclusion of the George Mason v Drexel game. I wasn’t there, but here’s a snippet from the Washington Post:

Emotions flared late in the game when a scuffle broke out on the court involving Drexel’s Bashir Mason and Kenell Sanchez and George Mason’s Tony Skinn. The game was delayed for approximately 10 minutes as officials met to discuss the penalties. After the officials reviewed the videotape several times, Sanchez and Skinn received technical fouls and were ejected from the game with 5 minutes 43 seconds to play. Because of the ejection, Skinn may not be allowed to play on Saturday at Wichita State. School officials expect to learn his status today.

I don’t know all the facts but it seems to me that at the end of a hard-fought, emotional game, tempers will flare. It’s happened, oh, 100 times this season. As long as nobody behaves in an excessive manner, the officials should be able to gain quick control of the situation, mede appropriate punishment, and move on. It should be standard operating procedure by now. Cooler heads prevail 99.6% of the time.

But that’s apparently not the case last night. The officiating team of Curtis Blair, Michael Stephens, and Mike Eades spent about 10 minutes reviewing video of the mini-fracas, and ended up tossing Sanchez and Skinn from the game, assessing the worst idea in the history of basketball rules enforcement: the double technical foul.

Per conference rules, players are required to sit out the following game if ejected. For Mason, that would mean SAturday’s Bracket Buster Doozie with Wichita State.

Today, the conference made its ruling in the following press release:

RICHMOND, Va. (February 16, 2006) – CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager determined today that George Mason University’s Tony Skinn and Drexel University’s Kenell Sanchez, both ejected from Wednesday night’s men’s basketball game for receiving dead ball flagrant technical fouls, will not be subject to the CAA’s Sportsmanship Rule violation and the accompanying minimum one-game suspension due to misapplication of specific playing rules by the game officials.

Yeager concluded that because of the misapplication of specific video replay rules, the penalties and accompanying ejections should not have been assessed. Both Skinn and Sanchez will be eligible to participate in their respective school’s next scheduled contest.

The officials have been notified of these findings and any follow-up with the officials will be handled as per CAA policies and procedures.

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Oh by the way, there was a matchup at the beach for second place. It was likely an At Large Elimination Game. The Dub took down Hofstra 77-68. Here’s what CAA Media Mogul Rob Washburn reports:

“Junior guard T.J. Carter poured in 15 of his team-high 20 points in the second half to power UNC Wilmington past Hofstra, 77-68, at Trask Coliseum.

The Seahawks won their third straight to improve to 20-7 overall and 13-3 in the CAA. Hofstra, which has lost all five appearances in Trask Coliseum since joining the CAA in 2001-02, had its six-game winning streak snapped and now stands 18-5 and 11-4.

Carter was one of five players in double figures for the Seahawks, who reached 20 wins during the regular season for only the second time in school history. Senior guard John Goldsberry chipped in 15, along with a career-high seven steals, while sophomore center Vladmir Kuljanin added 14. Senior Mitch Laue had 11 and sophomore Todd Hendley finished with 10.

Sophomore guard Antoine Agudio paced Hofstra with 26 points, followed by junior guard Loren Stokes with 16 markers. Agudio finished 7-of-10 from the floor, including 2-5 from behind the 3-point line, and 10-of-11 from the charity stripe. Senior Adrian Uter hauled in a career-high 18 rebounds, nine on the offensive glass.

Leading 33-25 at the break, the Seahawks withstood an early spurt in the second half by the Pride. After Hendley hit a bucket to open the final period, the Pride scored six straight points to pull within, 35-31. A thundering dunk by Uter cut the deficit to four points with 18:02 left.

UNCW increased its lead to as many as 13 points before the final nine point verdict. The Seahawks answered HU’s run with eight straight points to jump ahead, 43-31, and Carter’s trey from the left wing pushed the difference to 13 points, 60-47, at 8:59.

Both teams lost key players to injuries in the first half. HU’s Carlos Rivera went down with an ankle injury at 14:58 and Soyebo left the game with a knee injury with two minutes left in the first period before returning.”

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~ by mglitos on February 16, 2006.

5 Responses to “Jump Around”

  1. Interesting and perhaps self serving verdict by Tom Yeager in terms of not enforcing the suspensions. I have a feeling that if the next game didn’t happen to be the bracketbuster matchups then the suspensions would have been enforced. He could not dream of GMU being without one of their star players in one of the biggest OOC non-postseason matchups to ever take place in the CAA. As far as I know officials can use instant replay to review a fight to see if technicals should be assessed and whether players should be tossed. This happens all the time in college basketball, I have seen 4 or 5 games this year in which officials used replay to determine whether a player should be ejected. I just hope Tom Yeager realizes he has set a precedent where he could face some backlash in the future if this turns out to be a double standard. If I were a Witchita State fan I would be very upset right now. But alas I am a CAA fan, not a Tony Skinn fan, and I do hope he plays well and that the CAA does well in the bracketbuster becuase it will help everyones RPI.

  2. I read your post and my thinking is that the CAA is so hell bent on getting two bids they won’t let anything stop them, not even their own rules. Without Skinn, Mason would likely/possibly lose the bracket buster and lose at large hope…

    i don’t blame the CAA since two bids is all their dreams come true, but i think they are looking the other way here to uphold it…an ejection is an ejection, then you are suspended. granted, the officials should have been on top of it and not needed instant replay…

    but whatever, lets see Mason win out, then lose a nailbiter to whoever in the CAA final and the league sends two schools. everybody’s happy except ML who needs a new title for his book.

  3. I saw the video. Skinn probably should not have been ejected. With that said, I think it is a shame that Yeager backed down because Mason is going to be on primetime national tv. The rules are the rules, you really should stick by them.

  4. I was at last night’s Mason-Drexel game. Although I may be a little biased, I really thought Sanchez deserved a technical for walking on/over Skinn when he was on the ground and that should have been the end of it and no ejections. Actually, the officials really should have stepped in as soon as Skinn was on the floor to make sure nothing happened. If the officials would have been more proactive, the CAA wouldn’t have been in the position they are in now.

  5. As we now see it was the way the ref’s accessed the calls. I was at the game right in front of the incident. They both should have had fouls but I don’t think anyone should have been ejected. The refs let things get out of control by their indecision and for a time I thought people were going to storm the court.

    As for you guys thinking that the CAA is being easy on them because they want to get two teams in, I think barring bad losses or early exits in the Conference Tourney, that they are thinking 2 teams are in and trying for 3. If you look at all the mock brackets out there most if not all have Mason and UNCW in the tourney. Several have three CAA teams going.

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