NCAA Tournament Officials Will Be Younger, Following Big East Tournament Debacle

After the horrible mistakes made by officials at the end of the St. John's-Rutgers Big East Tournament game on Wednesday, NCAA's head of officiating says refs for the NCAA Tournament will be younger:

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[NCAA’s supervisor of officials John] Adams, who was upset with the end-of-game officiating in Wednesday’s St. John’s victory, told FOXSports.com that he will have no shortage of first-year referees working this year’s NCAA tournament.↵

"The trend will continue in introducing quality, young referees to the NCAA tournament," said Adams, who is in charge of selecting the 98 officials for next week’s NCAA tournament.

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Presumably, the thought here is that younger officials will be more willing and able to work until the final horn. Something the officials on Wednesday -- who Adams says are in their 60's -- failed to do. Speaking of those officials, they have reportedly withdrawn themselves from working anymore 2011 Big East Tournament games.

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