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ACC refs wear "KH" tape to honor Karl Hess

Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:29 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2012 1:37 pm

By Jeff Borzello

We’ve seen players write initials on their shoes all the time, whether it’s for a family member they’re praying for, for a fallen soldier, for a whole host of things.

Well, now we have a new reason to add to that list: for a referee who is not officiating the ACC tournament.

The referees for the Wake Forest vs. Maryland first-round ACC tournament game came out wearing white tape with the letters “KH” attached to their sneakers. Those initials are for fellow referee Karl Hess, who “declined to participate” in the conference tournament.

If you remember, Hess is the same referee who ejected Tom Gugliotta and Chris Corchiani from the stands during North Carolina State’s game against Florida State on February 18.

To be honest, this is completely ridiculous. Initials are usually reserved for someone who needs remembrance or something along those lines. In this case, it’s for a referee who is not officiating a conference tournament. That’s it. There’s nothing wrong with Hess; he’s just sitting out four days of ACC basketball. Fans already think that refs make the game too much about them -- this probably won't dissaude those people.

It will be interesting to see what effect this has on the North Carolina State quarterfinal game; it seems the referees are in a pro-Karl Hess solidarity mood today.

Below is a good picture of the sneakers and tape, from Stephen Schramm of The Fayetteville Observer. Here's a closer look from Andrew Carter from The News & Observer (N.C.).


Category: NCAAB

Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 4:23 pm

ACC refs wear "KH" tape to honor Karl Hess

Perhaph the iPad III will provide a view of the refs' underwear.

Since: Mar 21, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 4:18 pm

ACC refs wear "KH" tape to honor Karl Hess

Well, there you have it. They've shown their true colors. It's no surprise that Jamie Luckie would lead this kind of "remembrance". He should go back and look at the tape from the Louisville - Cincinnati game and be thankful he's even working the post-season. Rick Pitino was 100% correct in his criticism of the ACC crew that worked that game (Luckie, Bryan Kersey, and the young Sean Corbin). They're all members of the Karl Hess School of The Game is About Me. The league should sanction every one of the officials who trots out onto the court with that ridiculous tape on his shoes.

Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 4:16 pm

ACC refs wear "KH" tape to honor Karl Hess

If players or coaches publicly disagree with the conference or officials, they receive punishment. Should be the same for officials. They are there to officiate games fairly and equitably. They are not there to become stories. They are not there to get themselves on television, or to generate controversy. The game is about the players and coaches who play and call the plays. WE should not know Karl Hess's name. I shouldn't be aware of Jamie Luckie or Bryan Kersey or Ted Valentine. I shouldn't have to know that John Clougherty is the head of officials for the ACC, and I shouldn't be aware of just how incompetently he runs the officials. I shouldn't hear the ACC falsely praise Hess as one of the best officials in the country when I've seen far too much of him in action to know otherwise. Officiating the last few years has become atrocious across the country. Officials are working too many games, and have far too high an opinion of themselves and their impact upon the games. They should not impact the game. They should call what is there and not make a bad call and go down on the other end and make a terrible "makeup" call to even out the previous missed/blown call. That Karl Hess was even allowed into Cameron Indoor Stadium last Saturday after his ridiculous ejections of Corchiani and Gugliotta was a farce. He was terrible in the Cameron UNC-Duke game last year and even worse in the ACC Tournament Championship Game last year. I think it's laughable that Hess is working the Big East tourney this weekend instead of the ACC, because that conference certainly needs another possible referee controversy in their tournament. Last year wasn't quite bad enough. Also, Hess was the official who missed the obvious goaltend at the end of the Syracuse game at West Virginia a couple months ago. A truly awful official.

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:36 pm

ACC refs wear "KH" tape to honor Karl Hess

This is honor of one of the worst Refs in the NCAA. LMAO I love it What next Teddy V day!! LOL Thanks CBS Sports this is great! 

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:27 pm

ACC refs wear "KH" tape to honor Karl Hess

Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:44 pm
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