Pac-10 Suspends Men's Basketball Officials (2/19/01)

Feb. 19, 2001

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The three officials who worked the February 15 Arizona State-USC
basketball game have been suspended from one or more future assignments in the Conference during the 2001 season, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

The referee in that game, Richie Ballesteros, has been suspended for two games, Hansen
reported, while umpires Jim Giron and Don McAllister, were suspended for one game.

'The officials improperly ejected a head coach from an important Conference game because
they misinterpreted the rules governing application of technical fouls,' Hansen said. 'While the crew chief (the referee) has ultimate responsibility for the application of rules by the crew, each member of the crew is charged with knowledge of the rules and applying them correctly.

'In this incidence, the crew failed to communicate fully about what had been called and how the
rules should be applied, which resulted in the mistaken ejection and the absence of the coach from over four minutes of the game,' he added.

'They all are accountable for the error.'

The games from which each official has been suspended:

	Richie Ballesteros	February 22	--	UCLA at Oregon				March 10	--	USC at WSU

Jim Giron March 10 -- Oregon at OSU

Don McAllister February 21 -- Arizona at Arizona State

Hansen indicated the suspensions were invoked after he met with Pac-10 Coordinator of Men's
Basketball Officiating Lou Campanelli.

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