I tell you, college athletics is weird. No less than 24 hours after reporting that a basketball announcer was suspended a couple of games for depicting his team’s loss as a “choke job” directly to the team’s head coach, another hoops announcer’s depiction of a foul leads a referee to get a little out of bounds.
On Tuesday night, during the closing moments of the Saint Louis University Billikens’ home matchup against the 24th-ranked Virginia Commonwealth University Rams, forward Dwayne Evans knocked the ball away from a player on the visiting team, which led to Evans drawing a foul.
Or, as Billikens radio announcer Bob Ramsey called it, “a cheap foul.”
The size of Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis must be about 1/20th of Edward Jones Dome, because the area was so tight, the official who called the foul on Evans was well within earshot of Ramsey’s painting it as “a cheap foul.” Said official made a beeline for Ramsey, who informed the ref (and listeners to the game on the radio flagship, WXOS-FM 101.1) that he had no business interfering with the broadcast.
It’s unclear which official it was, but assigned to work the Rams/Billikens game were the trio of Bo Boroski, D.J. Carstensen, and John Gaffney.
No word if the ref in question, or, of course, Ramsey, will be suspended or reprimanded for the altercation.
Here’s the audio; below is the transcript of the call by Ramsey, with comments from his boothmate, color analyst Earl Austin, Jr., in yellow text and brackets:
“[VCU Rams guard Treveon] Graham hands it off, tipped away; [Rams guard Troy] Daniels goes into the backcourt and saves it, and swings it, knocked away by [SLU Billikens forward Dwayne] Evans; Daniels gets it back, they call — they’re gonna call a cheap foul on Evans, and, I tell you what — [unintelligible] I’m on the air right now, stay away from me… Official tried to get into our broadcast, we won’t have it. [Nope.] We’re not gonna have it. We’re not gonna have it here. [No, no, no.] This is [WXOS-FM] 101’s broadcast. Daniels hits. [Do your own job… You’re not doing it very well, but do it anyway.] Just improve a little. 74-55, 1:54 left…”