Davis says bad calls have hounded Indiana all seasonPosted: Sunday December 30, 2001 2:21 AM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana coach Mike Davis didn't like what he saw Saturday night inside Conseco Fieldhouse -- or apparently anywhere else his team has played this season.
Davis, who drew a technical foul in the closing minutes of Saturday's 66-64 loss to No. 23 Butler, didn't sugarcoat his displeasure with the officiating.
"If I wasn't the lowest-paid coach in the Big Ten, I'd tell you how I really feel about this game," Davis said in opening his postgame news conference. "It's been like this every game, tic-tac, tic-tac, tic-tac, every single game. It goes on and on and on."
As Davis' news conference continued, he did not appear worried about drawing a fine from the Big Ten, whose officials worked the three games in the Hoosier Classic.
Instead, his criticisms increased.
Criticizing officials is not something new at Indiana. Former coach Bob Knight critiqued officials routinely during his career. In 2000, former Hoosier football coach Cam Cameron drew a $10,000 fine for chastising the Atlantic Coast Conference officials in a 41-38 loss to North Carolina State.
Three times in the closing minutes, Davis argued calls as he bounced around the sideline. Twice, referee Ed Hightower calmed Davis, but the third time, with 2:10 remaining, Mike Sanzere quickly called the technical. As Davis continued to argue, Hightower told him to, "Back off."
After the game, Davis did not.
"The bottom line is this: If you can watch every one of my games and you watch how we get hosed down everywhere we go in clutch situations, you'll see," he said. "You just watch this game tonight."
Davis' technical was his second of the season.
He contended that the "bad" calls weren't one-sided in Butler's favor but rather that the game was poorly called both ways.
"The last call against [Bulldog forward Rylan] Hainje, that was a makeup call, a ghost call," Davis said. "Both teams were playing physical, both teams were playing hard. How do you make that call?"
Davis will wait to see what punishment the Big Ten may hand down.
"Sometimes, people ought to be accountable," he said. "Coaches stay up watching film every single night, and then you've got guys working games who never watch films and are never held accountable for their mistakes. If I say something about it, I get fined."