J.P. Giglio writes that Gugs and Fire were kicked out for “excessive demonstration” (N&O):
In the email to N.C. State, Hess wrote:
“They were ejected for excessive demonstration on several calls as they came right up to the scorer’s table. The policeman at the end of the FSU bench was warned that their continual excessive demonstration that incited the crowd would result in ejection.”
ACC commissioner John Swofford issued a statement on Monday night about Hess’ role in the ejection.
“Karl Hess is one of the best on-court officials in college basketball, but the ACC has established a game management protocol, which allows the opportunity to potentially diffuse any situations before they reach the level of ejection,” Swofford’s statement read.
“This reprimand is a result of a failure to follow that protocol. We have to depend on our officials and their judgments; and the explanation from Karl Hess regarding this matter has been shared with the ACC and N.C. State University.”
As further evidence this is nothing but typical ACC bullshit, here are two examples of regular fan behavior that is in fact, not considered “excessive demonstration” by the ACC.
Meanwhile, this is Gugs and Fire completely out of control — just look at that body language!
Out of control!
Hess must not have been working this game.
Not sure what’s changed since the statement Saturday Night — other than I think the ACC expected us to get over this, ignoring the fact we haven’t the proclivity for getting over stuff — but Karl Hess got a slap on the wrist (WRAL):
The Atlantic Coast Conference has publicly reprimanded official Karl Hess for failing to follow procedure when ejecting two former North Carolina State stars from the stands during a weekend game.
In a statement Monday night, the league said it had conducted a “thorough review” of the events leading up to Hess’ ejections of former Wolfpack stars Chris Corchiani and Tom Gugliotta from seats behind the scorer’s table during Saturday’s loss to Florida State.
The reprimand doesn’t reveal a reason why Hess ejected Corchiani and Gugliotta…
WTVD’s Mark Armstrong says via Twitter (@ArmstrongWTVD):
Just got word from State that the ACC is expected to release more info about Saturday’s ejections tonight.
Stay tuned. I think we can sum up State fans’ reaction to the ACC’s latest statement: