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ACC refs wear "KH" tape to honor Karl Hess

Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:29 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2012 1:37 pm

By Jeff Borzello

We’ve seen players write initials on their shoes all the time, whether it’s for a family member they’re praying for, for a fallen soldier, for a whole host of things.

Well, now we have a new reason to add to that list: for a referee who is not officiating the ACC tournament.

The referees for the Wake Forest vs. Maryland first-round ACC tournament game came out wearing white tape with the letters “KH” attached to their sneakers. Those initials are for fellow referee Karl Hess, who “declined to participate” in the conference tournament.

If you remember, Hess is the same referee who ejected Tom Gugliotta and Chris Corchiani from the stands during North Carolina State’s game against Florida State on February 18.

To be honest, this is completely ridiculous. Initials are usually reserved for someone who needs remembrance or something along those lines. In this case, it’s for a referee who is not officiating a conference tournament. That’s it. There’s nothing wrong with Hess; he’s just sitting out four days of ACC basketball. Fans already think that refs make the game too much about them -- this probably won't dissaude those people.

It will be interesting to see what effect this has on the North Carolina State quarterfinal game; it seems the referees are in a pro-Karl Hess solidarity mood today.

Below is a good picture of the sneakers and tape, from Stephen Schramm of The Fayetteville Observer. Here's a closer look from Andrew Carter from The News & Observer (N.C.).


Category: NCAAB

Since: May 29, 2012
Posted on: May 30, 2012 12:04 am

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Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2012 1:43 am

ACC refs wear "KH" tape to honor Karl Hess

Oh wait, we did beat UVA, so, that mean's with Henson out, the refs will definitely favor UNC.  It don't matter though.  Beacuse has as been said before, "Good guys win, bad guys lose, and as always, THE WOLFPACK PREVAILS!!!!"

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2012 1:02 pm

ACC refs wear "KH" tape to honor Karl Hess

Or ref in the YMCA.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:40 am

ACC - Karl Hess -- Big East Gets Stuck with Him

***   Already Blew several calls & a TO on Dieng for setting ball on Court !!! The Guy's a Maniac & with BURR.. A Disaster  !!!   TX ..ACC  !!

Since: Feb 29, 2012
Posted on: March 9, 2012 10:51 am

ACC refs wear "KH" tape to honor Karl Hess

Officiating in general has gotten worse over the years, but this year has been God-awful.  No calls, missed calls, constant visits to the scorers table to review plays because they can't or are too lazy to hustle and get in the proper positions and on and on.   And these guys have no clue how to call a charge or a block.  If fact on one game this year, they called a blarge (both charge and block) and both players got a foul!  Many of these calls/no-calls HAVE directly affected the outcome of big games (see T-Rob's demolition of Phil Pressey after his game saving "block", or the ensuing phantom foul on Taylor at the other end).  Some of the "experienced" officials need to be canned and get some new blood in their without predjudices.  Quit ruining the college game and start officiating the way you should!

Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: March 9, 2012 9:11 am

ACC refs wear "KH" tape to honor Karl Hess

I know to B1G referees and they have always said that it's the last thing you want to do is let a coach or a spectator get under your skin.  By throwing these people out shows lack of confidence and weakness.  You need to be focused and confident knowing that you are going to blow a call here or there...but that's the speed of the game.  Don't let others affect your judgement.

Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: March 9, 2012 8:58 am

ACC refs wear "KH" tape to honor Karl Hess

Karl Hess, Jim Burr, and Ted Valentine should all go bowling!

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2012 8:50 am

ACC refs wear "KH" tape to honor Karl Hess

Karl Hess does that crap for any conference, apparently. He effed up last night's Louisville Marquette game, too.  He completely took momentum away from UL with calls that left even the television crew commenting on the bad whistles.

Since: Mar 9, 2012
Posted on: March 9, 2012 8:39 am

ACC refs wear "KH" tape to honor Karl Hess

I read this and thought I must have written it in my sleep!  I cringe when I see Karl Hess walk out to ref a Duke game too.  He is the only referee I know by name in the ACC.  What does that say?  I was taught an official should not stand out and be known by fans.  I am so glad to hear he will not be on the court for the tournament!

Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2012 8:11 am

ACC refs wear "KH" tape to honor Karl Hess

I bleed CAROLINA BLUE.  Just win baby win.  I do hope we get another chance at KUNTUCKY.....

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