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Saulbadguy
01-24-2006, 09:29 AM
HOUSTON -- Conference USA said Monday that officials "exercised poor judgment" when they upheld a technical foul called on Houston coach Tom Penders after he collapsed Saturday during a game against UAB.

Penders passed out on the sideline late in the first half of Houston's 82-79 loss and was carried off the floor on a stretcher and given oxygen. He returned to coach the second half.

Penders dropped to his knees and then fell face-down as UAB's Wen Mukubu drove to the basket and was fouled by Oliver Lafayette with 52 seconds left in the half and UAB leading 46-44. Officials called a technical foul on Penders, apparently thinking he was reacting to the foul call. But the game stopped, and the crowd hushed when Penders didn't get up.

Penders, 60, has cardiomyopathy, a congenital heart condition, and had a defibrillator implanted in his chest in 1997. Houston officials attributed the incident to Penders' heart condition and dehydration.

Officials refused to reverse the technical after Penders received medical attention, and UAB's Carldell "Squeaky" Johnson made both free throws.

"Commissioner [Britton] Banowsky and I have reviewed the tape of the play in question, and it appears that the crew exercised poor judgment in sustaining the technical foul following the medical condition that arose for Coach Penders," C-USA assistant commissioner Chris Woolard said in a statement. "We have been in consultation this morning with Dale Kelley, our coordinator of officials, and appropriate action will be taken."

The conference will not release what sanctions, if any, it decides to impose, a spokesman said.

"I appreciate the conference office acting upon my request to review the matter and their willingness to hold officials accountable for their work," Houston athletic director Dave Maggard said.

Penders did not realize he had been called for a technical until after the game. When he found out, he said the call was "extremely poor judgment on the officials' part."

Baconeater
01-24-2006, 09:37 AM
Only slightly worse than the Eric Crouch "Exorcist" non-call in 1999.

chefsos
01-24-2006, 09:37 AM
OMFG. Did they lift his wallet for the fine money, too?

Saulbadguy
01-24-2006, 09:40 AM
Only slightly worse than the Eric Crouch "Exorcist" non-call in 1999.
1998.

Owned.

http://cjonline.com/images/111598/sptsksuochsledeLR.jpg

Bowser
01-24-2006, 09:41 AM
Only slightly worse than the Eric Crouch "Exorcist" non-call in 1999.

If it didn't get called, it must not have happened.

Baconeater
01-24-2006, 09:43 AM
1998.

Owned.

http://cjonline.com/images/111598/sptsksuochsledeLR.jpg

Touche.

Baconeater
01-24-2006, 09:44 AM
If it didn't get called, it must not have happened.

Well, apparently it didn't happen in 1999.

Bowser
01-24-2006, 09:47 AM
Well, apparently it didn't happen in 1999.

ROFL

I'm suprised he still has a nose.....

Dunit35
01-24-2006, 09:49 AM
I can't believe they didn't reverse the TF after they realized what had happened.

SBK
01-24-2006, 09:50 AM
That's a pretty bad call. I was thinking this would be about the Iowa State Michigan State game to go to the Final 4 a few years back. ISU gets called for a charge, and MSU gets called for a blocking foul at the same time. Same guys. Probably cost ISU the game.

Baconeater
01-24-2006, 09:53 AM
That's not even the best picture of it. There's another one out there where you can clearly see the ref right behind them. I swear his head rotated farther than what that pic shows.

HC_Chief
01-24-2006, 09:54 AM
That's a pretty bad call. I was thinking this would be about the Iowa State Michigan State game to go to the Final 4 a few years back. ISU gets called for a charge, and MSU gets called for a blocking foul at the same time. Same guys. Probably cost ISU the game.

Charge and block on the same play? :spock:

Saulbadguy
01-24-2006, 09:55 AM
http://www.huskerpedia.com/images/grab.jpg
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/news/1998/11/17/nebraska_regroups/lg_crouch_ap_01.jpg
http://www.huskerpedia.com/images/twist2_si.jpg

KCTitus
01-24-2006, 09:57 AM
That's pretty bad, but the worst to me has to be the '5th down' play against Missouri back in the 80's. Judgement calls can be debated as good or bad, but for an entire crew to give a team 5 downs is just inexcusable.

That's as bad as getting the coin flip wrong.

Saulbadguy
01-24-2006, 10:02 AM
That's pretty bad, but the worst to me has to be the '5th down' play against Missouri back in the 80's. Judgement calls can be debated as good or bad, but for an entire crew to give a team 5 downs is just inexcusable.

That's as bad as getting the coin flip wrong.
Colorado wins its only national championship (a bullshit "split" one anyways) because of the 5th down vs Mizzou

Nebraska wins the 1997 National title, after the "kicked ball" vs Mizzou

Heh.

Dunit35
01-24-2006, 10:04 AM
Saulbadguy, they didn't call a penalty on that play?

SBK
01-24-2006, 10:04 AM
Charge and block on the same play? :spock:

Yep. Less than 2 minutes to go, game was tied or ISU was maybe down 2.

Upon that call "the ladies man" Larry Eustachy got double t'd up and game was over. Paul Shirley was seen crying on the bench.

Saulbadguy
01-24-2006, 10:05 AM
Saulbadguy, they didn't call a penalty on that play?
Nope.

Dunit35
01-24-2006, 10:07 AM
Nope.


WOW, just wow. How do you miss something like that? They should have been fired for that. I can't believe Colorado got five downs as well. Whoever the refs were for that game should also be fired.

siberian khatru
01-24-2006, 10:08 AM
Colorado wins its only national championship (a bullshit "split" one anyways) because of the 5th down vs Mizzou



Side note: The ONLY time I've ever rooted for Notre Dame was when they played Colorado in the bowl game that year, because I wanted payback for that 5th down. And late in the game, Rocket Ismail returns a punt for a TD that puts ND ahead, and I'm thinking "Yeah, baby, luck of the Irish, finally works FOR me." Then there's a flag, penalty on ND, nullifies the return, Boofs pull out another one.

F*ck that prick McCartney and his slut daughter.

Baconeater
01-24-2006, 10:19 AM
WOW, just wow. How do you miss something like that? They should have been fired for that. I can't believe Colorado got five downs as well. Whoever the refs were for that game should also be fired.

The ref who missed it "retired" shortly after that.

Baconeater
01-24-2006, 10:20 AM
http://www.huskerpedia.com/images/grab.jpg
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/news/1998/11/17/nebraska_regroups/lg_crouch_ap_01.jpg
http://www.huskerpedia.com/images/twist2_si.jpg

Now that's more like it! :clap:

Scaga
01-24-2006, 10:29 AM
'72 Olympics in Munich...
Basketball team got screwed.


But here's a good link about some of these that have been mentioned.

http://espn.go.com/page2/s/list/readers/worstcalls.html

siberian khatru
01-24-2006, 10:33 AM
'72 Olympics in Munich...
Basketball team got screwed.



At least the others can be blamed on incompetence. Those Olympic refs were corrupt. They intentionally stole that game from the U.S.

dj56dt58
01-24-2006, 10:56 AM
I'm watching High school stories on mtv and in a playoff game the underdog was winning w/ time running out in the 4th quarter..last chance for their opponents who were undefeated and heavily favored to win. The undefeated team was on offense and was called for holding on 3rd down. the Defense declined to make it 4th down. they never changed the markers on the sideline to 4th down and the coaches told an official but he said it wasn't his job. The offense got 2 more chances to get the first because the ref refused to say anything or change it. The coach got ejected for trying to tell the officials they made a mistake. The team ended up getting a td and winning the championship. That's ****ed up

pikesome
01-24-2006, 11:13 AM
At least the others can be blamed on incompetence. Those Olympic refs were corrupt. They intentionally stole that game from the U.S.

I hate to say it but I think most international events are. The US takes pride in her accomplishments but some countries take it too far. It also doesn't help that, sometimes, the US's attitude makes it easy for others to justify, at least in their own mind, screwing us over. It also happens between other countries like the skating judging from the last Winter Olympics.

ChiefsFanatic
01-24-2006, 11:25 AM
1998.

Owned.

http://cjonline.com/images/111598/sptsksuochsledeLR.jpg

Saul, congrats on the K-State win at the Fieldhouse. I had said it would not happen, but it did.

But referring to that facemask as "owned'? WTF?

BigMeatballDave
01-24-2006, 11:32 AM
http://www.huskerpedia.com/images/grab.jpg
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/news/1998/11/17/nebraska_regroups/lg_crouch_ap_01.jpg
http://www.huskerpedia.com/images/twist2_si.jpgThat is ****ing hilarious!
ROFL I forgot all about that...

Saulbadguy
01-24-2006, 11:41 AM
WOW, just wow. How do you miss something like that? They should have been fired for that. I can't believe Colorado got five downs as well. Whoever the refs were for that game should also be fired.
Don't know, but who knows what would have happened if it was called. NU still might not have scored.