After Arkansas was eliminated from NCAA Tournament in a game with some controversial officiating, a state lawmaker proposed a legal measure to get more calls to go the Razorbacks’ way.
Arkansas state senator Keith Ingram introduced a resolution this week “encouraging better education of NCAA basketball officials.”
“The Senate encourages the NCAA to better educate basketball officials to spare other teams in the nation the fate given to the University of Arkansas men’s basketball team in the recent NCAA Tournament,” the resolution said.
The proposal was a funny shot at the referees in the Razorbacks’ 72-65 loss to North Carolina in the second round of the tournament Sunday. The officiating controversy revolved around a disparity in the number of fouls called and free throws for both teams.
Arkansas shot just eight free throws in the game, while the Tar Heels shot 25. UNC was called for 10 personal fouls. The Razorbacks were called for 20. The Tar Heels took the lead in the final minute on a tip-in basket. However, Arkansas argued officials should have called a travel or a charge against North Carolina before the shot.
Here’s the text from Senator Ingram’s resolution:
WHEREAS, as the University of Arkansas men’s basketball team was the victim of a devastating and grievous loss in the NCAA Tournament that left fans trying to find the strength to carry on, children crying, grown men weeping, cows unable to produce milk, chickens ceasing to lay eggs, and lambs lying with lions; and
WHEREAS, the loss was directly aided and abetted by an official’s call, one so profoundly poor as to be sighted by media, fans, a member of the rock group The Archies, and other astute observers of the game as having cost our beloved Razorbacks a trip to the Sweet Sixteen; and
WHEREAS, the Razorback Nation has suffered heartbreak, pain, and a loss of consortium because of said loss; and
WHEREAS, to protect any school and fan from such highway robbery in the future, the NCAA Committee on Officiating, Refreshments, and Trinket Sales should make the video of the dastardly call mandatory viewing for any current or future NCAA basketball officials so that no other school should suffer and endure such a cruel and undeserved fate at the hands and whistle of a pinhead dressed in stripes,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE NINETY-FIRST GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS:
THAT the Senate encourages the NCAA to better educate basketball officials to spare other teams in the nation the fate given to the University of Arkansas men’s basketball team in the recent NCAA Tournament.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT upon adoption of this resolution, an appropriate copy shall be transmitted to the President of the NCAA by the Secretary of the Senate.