You don't know what you've got 'till it's gone. It applies to pretty much everything: girlfriends, beef jerky, M83 songs. Video replay in college hoops is no different. Before the video monitors became available, referees had to go by what they saw. Gross. Now, if a player calls timeout with a certain number of seconds left on the clock, we expect to see that call made exactly right; we can forward and rewind the video to find the exact moment he calls time out, and ... freeze it. Eight seconds. Got it.
If only Vermont could be privy to this fascinating and marvelous world of technological wizardry. The Catamounts lost to South Florida 61-59 Sunday night under some interesting circumstances. SB Nation Blog Unranked America East explains. According to Unranked, Vermont guard Sandro Carissimo called a timeout with 6.0 or 6.1 seconds on the clock. But the clock ran down to 4.0 seconds, and the officials couldn't review the time. Why? They didn't have a TV:
Since USF is temporarily using the Division II University of Tampa's gymnasium while their new gym gets built, the officials had no ability to review a replay. Let's get this straight: this game was not broadcast online like most UVM games -- there apparently wasn't a single camera recording the game. There were no live stats available, making me wonder if this gym even has wireless internet.
That wasn't the first time the lack of TV hurt Vermont in the next, oh, 4.0 (but allegedly should have been 6.0) seconds. On the final play of the game, Vermont guard Four McGlynn (great name) missed a contested shot near the rim. His rebound was tipped in by Matt Glass, but the referees said the tip came after the buzzer sounded. According to witnesses, the timing of the shot was an open question. Some thought it was tipped in time. Others thought it was just a split-second late.
And amidst all this debate and rancor, the referees just ... ended the game. What else were they supposed to do? The game is over. There is no video replay to look at, nothing to mull over before the final whistle. It's games like this that caused college hoops to introduce video replay in the first place. This is a helpful reminder, in case we ever start taking that little monitor on the scorer's table for granted. Without it, anarchy is never far behind.