I must admit that this news is a big surprise to me. I genuinely expected Hess to be omitted from the ACC’s officiating roster this season and probably forever.
Regardless of this news, I would still be shocked if NC State saw Hess next season. But, the ACC has ‘shocked’ us before. If the truth be told, I guess the only thing less shocking about us getting Hess will be when the ACC trots him out for our visit to the Dean Dome in late February.
The question also remains of how the hell referee Brian Dorsey continues to be employed by the ACC? If you need a reminder of why I would single out Dorsey then you must click here for the jaw dropping recap.
The hypocrisy and tolerance for incompetence tolerated by the old boy network in the the conference offices in Greensboro never cease to amaze me.
After bowing out of the ACC tournament, veteran referee Karl Hess will be back in the conference officiating rotation this winter, an ACC spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday.
Hessâ€™ status had been in doubt since he decided not to work the ACC tournament in Atlanta, an event he had worked for decades, after the ACC disciplined him for his handling of an off-court incident during the Florida State-N.C. State game on Feb. 18.
Hess ignited controversy when he ejected N.C. State and ACC legends Chris Corchiani and Tom Gugliotta from their seats behind the scorersâ€™ table during that game. The ACC later issued a rare public reprimand, while N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried was captured on video at a pep rally making pointed criticisms of both Hess and the ACCâ€™s handling of the situation.
While Hess was at the Big East tournament in New York instead of the ACC tournament in March, the officials for the first game in Atlanta — Bernard Clinton, Mike Eades and Jamie Luckie — wore stickers with the inscription â€œKHâ€ on their shoes.
Only four officials worked more conference games last season than Hess (19), who has called nine ACC championship games and worked three Final Fours. John Clougherty, the ACCâ€™s supervisor of basketball officials, referred all questions to the ACC office.
The ACC does not discuss officiating assignments, so when Hess will work his first N.C. State game remains up in the air. In 1989, after a controversial call by referee Rick Hartzell went against N.C. State in an NCAA tournament loss to Georgetown, Hartzell was assigned to work one of the Wolfpackâ€™s preseason exhibition games the next fall.
One important point about the difference between Hartzell & Hess: As much as I disliked Rick Hartzell and his long term record of ‘interesting’ trends when officiating Duke games — Hartzell actually physically APOLOGIZED to Coach Valvano and the team for his blown call in 1989. He actually admitted the mistake of his call.
Has Karl Hess admitted his mistakes?
Has the ACC office admitted theirs?
The best I can tell the ONLY ‘admissions’ of anything was that correct ‘policy’ wasn’t followed