Controversy not over
Texas charges ref with robbery: Rick Barnes says official acted "inappropriate"in controversial Arizona win
TULSA, Okla. â€” Rick Barnes feels that the officiating crew robbed his Texas team â€” and then kicked dirt in its face.
The Texas coach is certain that referee Richard Cartmell called a five-second violation on UT guard Cory Joseph before five seconds were up. And he's even more irate with what Cartmell said afterwards to justify it.
And you thought Pitt-Bulter was destined to be the most controversial game of the 2011 NCAA Tournament?
Think again. Arizona beating Texas 70-69 after Texas was whistled for a five-seconds call on a seemingly routine in-bounds play, holding a 69-67 lead with under 13 seconds left, will be a game that's talked about and debated for a long, long, long time.
To a man, everyone in the Texas locker room insists that Cartmell didn't give Joseph a full five seconds. That's to be expected. What's more damaging for Cartmell is the YouTube videos of the play that have already surfaced that seem to show him short arming the five on the five-second call.
To do a five-second count, a referee shoots his arm down in a chopping motion five times to count off the seconds. Videos show Cartmell getting to four with four full motions and then doing at best a half chop on the decisive fifth second. Joseph also insists he was calling a timeout even before then.
It's enough to make Barnes call for a complete overhaul of how college basketball handles these end-game situations.
"I was like flabbergasted with it," Barnes said. "Officiating this game is hard to do. But there are certain calls you just have to get right. My feeling is that if you've got the electronics, you've got to use them.
"I'm certain if they had looked at that on tape that the call would have been reversed. I just watched it again on film."
What really made Barnes lose it was the statement Cartmell put out after the game. Particularly the line, "There's no review involved. Game over."
"For somebody to make a comment like that really is inappropriate," Barnes said. "You just say game over? Game over? I can tell you that game's not over for our guys. They'll be living with that game for a long time. To be so insensitive like that, I just can't understand it. Game over ... our kids were in here crying their eyes out.
"That game's not over to them."
Barnes wasn't backing down either, bringing Cartmell's statement up several times as he answered questions against a wall in the Texas locker room.
"I've probably said too much already," Barnes said several times. And then he talked about it some more. After some losses, you can't shut up.
Barnes wasn't as upset with the no calls on J'Covan Brown's drive that could have still won the game or Gary Johnson's rebound in traffic of Brown's miss in the final seconds, reasoning that those calls are judgement calls that could go either way. Unlike the five-seconds call that changed everything, taking Texas from thinking it had locked up a game against Duke in Anaheim to seeing its season end.
For more from a surreal, Texas locker room scene, look for a full column on CultureMap later tonight.
Watch referee Richard Cartmell's controversial five-second call yourself: