We don’t make a habit of linking to Gregg Dickhead.
But, we also don’t make a habit of purposefully limiting our content.
Dickhead highlights that the last three times the ACC office has publicly reprimanded officials have all been games involving Duke where the Blue Devils received an advantage.
What are the odds?
Last Sunday, Caulton Tudor took a more diplomatic approach to the issue. But, he deserves credit for (a) addressing the issue and (b) including UNC in his comments.
A popular theory in many ACC camps and on Internet message boards Friday was that, during all the confusion, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski slipped the zebras a couple of thousand bucks each.
It didn’t happen that way, of course. But since perception has a way of merging with reality, Thursday’s developments only add to a growing problem for the ACC.
Simply put, lots of fans are convinced that the league’s refs are little more than carbon-based robots for Duke and North Carolina.
There’s no proof of an officiating conspiracy, but that doesn’t change the fact that many fans genuinely believe otherwise. The Clemson-Duke episode fuels those convictions, and it’s something the ACC has to fret.