College Basketball Nation: Jeff Powers

Mike Montgomery unhappy with Pac-10 refs

February, 14, 2011
2/14/11
5:55
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Cal coach Mike Montgomery is fed up with the officiating in the Pac-10.

According to Jake's Take On Sports, here's what he said about it on Cal's radio show following Saturday's 75-71 loss to Washington State:
Amid his postgame radio interview Montgomery opined, "I'm about ready to jump off the bridge on this officiating."

He got one technical foul, and nearly got another. "I just as soon they throw me out," Montgomery said.

Montgomery's dealings with the officials reached a boiling point as Cal got swept by the Washington schools on the road.

He had issues with calls that didn't go his way in the Washington State game and after a 32-point loss to Washington two days earlier, the animated coach had this to say to reporters about the Huskies' physical play not always resulting in fouls.
"They don't care. They foul every time at every position and (the refs) aren't going to call it every time. So, ultimately you are going to get down after a while. They are very physical because they are able to play nine guys throughout the game. They just do not care if they foul. They are not going to let you get to the basket."

Ultimately, Montgomery must do whatever he can to protect his players. With top freshman Allen Crabbe missing the Washington State game due to a mild concussion suffered against Washington, the Bears started walk-on Jeff Powers and were down to seven available scholarship players.

Cal has fought through numerous defections and injuries to be currently tied for fifth in the Pac-10. But if the Bears are to return to the NCAA tournament, they'll have to win the conference tournament and things will have to start going Montgomery's way.

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