MEMPHIS, TN – MARCH 13: Tom Penders, head coach of the Houston Cougars during the Semifinals of the Conference USA basketball tournament at FedExForum on March 13, 2009 in Memphis, Tennessee Memphis defeated Houston 74 -49 (Photo by Joe Murphy / Getty Images)
Tom Penders has seen just about everything there is to see in the game of college basketball – after all, the now-retired former head coach and college basketball Hall of Fame member has won 648 games in a 36-season coaching careerSo when a coach with so many skins on the wall screams scandal, it carries weight and that’s exactly what he did after the Texas Tech basketball team’s 74-69 loss to Oklahoma State. Monday evening
Specifically, Penders, who was the head coach of seven schools of difference including Texas, Houston, George Washington and Rhode Island, took on referee Doug Sirmons to the task for a controversial technical foul that Sirmons inflicted on Texas Tech goalie Clarence NadolnyOn Twitter after the match, Penders accused the longtime official of having a ‘vindictive attitude’ for assessing technique as Clarence Nadolny stepped away from the game
Sermons turned the tide with technique on Nadolny Nadolny was maimed within 6 feet of sermons Sermons then hit Nadolny with technique to walk away Sermons continued to give OSU the ball despite the did he go OB off Ok St Vindictive attitude? You bet! https: // tco / lhiNE9uQDs
For some, the second-year goalie had a demonstrable reaction after being pushed to the ground in the race for a loose ball only to see no fouls whistled and for the ball to be awarded to Oklahoma StateNadolny is a fierce competitor and he plays with a fiery side so it was no surprise to see him gesticulate a bit after being the victim of a bad referee
But in no way did Nadolny try to show Sirmons or direct any of his frustrations towards his opponentBasketball is an emotional game, especially last night’s contest, and Nadolny should have had a bit of leeway after the wrestling match he had just entered.
However, Sirmons is known to have a quick whistle, in fact, he once kicked Kentucky head coach John Calipari just four minutes into a game.And last night he jumped at the chance to make an example of Nadolny and, as Penders points out, it completely changed the course of the game.
At the time, Tech was ahead 47-39 with 12:34 left on the clock, but following the Sirmons technique, the Cowboys would score 15 unanswered points
Now in all fairness Texas Tech should have been able to react and do a few buckets to stem the tide, but that’s when the game really took over, and not tech favor
From there at the end of the game, the Red Raiders would be called up for 11 fouls sending OSU to the line 20 times, Meanwhile, in the same amount of time, OSU would be called out for only three fouls and the Red Raiders would shoot. than four free throwsAlso, during the OT period, Tech didn’t get any free throws while OSU got eight
It all adds up to a horribly officiated game and one that Sirmons and his fellow officials Doug Ron Groover and Bert Smith should be ashamed of having presided (Interestingly, the last time Bert Smith officiated a Tech game, it was ‘was the WVU contest at Lubbock when Chris Beard was kicked out after seeing the Mountaineers have a 39-20 advantage on the line) Unfortunately, they will not receive any repercussions for their ineptitude while the Texas Tech basketball team will have to pay the price for the incompetence shown by these officials on Monday night.
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