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Grantland: Pac 12 Basketball Refs Are Terrible

USA TODAY Sports

Mark Titus wrote a Pac 12 conference preview for Grantland. This is what he wrote about the league referees:

Pac-12 officiating is so bad that I'm not even sure where to begin criticizing it. Maybe the Sabatino Chen buzzer-beater at Arizona that was called off? Maybe the technical foul called against Sean Miller because he said "He touched the ball"? Maybe the fact that said technical was probably called because the head of Pac-12 officials offered a reward to any ref who rang up Miller? Even the football refs in the conference are awful, if the Arizona State–Wisconsin fiasco is any indication. What's especially terrifying is that all of that happened in just the past 10 months.

"But," you might be saying, "you bitch about Ted Valentine all the time. If other conferences' refs are better, why is Valentine the only ref you ever call out by name?" The answer is that there's a distinct difference between Valentine and the Pac-12 officials. I go after Valentine because most Big Ten refs are actually really good, and he's the turd in the punch bowl. I know his name because he stands out. I don't know a single ref in the Pac-12 because they're all terrible. Beyond that, I think Valentine could actually be good if he wanted. That's not exactly a good thing, but it's not something I think I'd be able to say about the Pac-12 guys. There's a difference between trolling and just being incompetent. Valentine is what you would get if Paul McCartney chose to not play "Let It Be" or "Hey Jude" at his concerts and instead just stood onstage and made fart noises with his armpit. The Pac-12 refs, on the other hand, are William Hung.

He also called Jordan Adams the league's most underrated player.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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