MAC suspends two refs after debacle at end of Ball State-Eastern Michigan

The MAC is punishing two of the three officials who worked the BSU-EMU game. (USATSI)

The outrageous ending to Ball State-Eastern Michigan on Saturday has prompted league action by the Mid-American Conference.

On Sunday, the MAC put out a statement that condemend and punished two of the officials involved in the game. The league said “several errors were committed by two of the officials assigned to that game.”

Two of the officials — not identified in the MAC’s release; the crew consisted of Todd Williams, John Gaston and Rob Kruger — have been suspended for two games. Those officials are also officially out of the running to work the MAC’s postseason men’s basketball tournament.

“The Mid-American Conference holds its officiating staff to the highest standards,” the statement reads. “To that end, multiple errors in judgment on one play, as in this case, must be met with swift and firm disciplinary action.”

This is the sequence in question. As you can see, multiple fouls, travels and jump-balls go uncalled before Ball State launches the winning shot as time expires.

“The final play of the game was not handled appropriately by several officials and unfortunately took away from what was a highly competitive and entertaining game for the competing students and fans,” MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said. “I along with our membership have higher expectations and as a result have directed our coordinator of men’s basketball officials to take appropriate disciplinary action, including multiple-game suspensions.”

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