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NCAA: Officials No Longer Can Be Questioned Directly By Media On Site

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Tournament HQ

Pool reporters cannot directly question game officials on site following NCAA tournament games due to a change in policy by the NCAA basketball committee.

The committee decided that all post-game officiating questions now will be filtered off site through coordinator of officials John Adams. It ends a long-standing policy of a media member or members — a pool reporter representing the media — being able to question officials following a game.

A pool reporter is rarely used, and only in the case of rules of interpretations or controversial plays. (Examples: fight, flagrant foul, timing issue.) Previously, a pool reporter would make a request after a game, then be escorted by an NCAA staffer to the officials’ locker room to ask pertinent questions. The pool reporter’s quotes from the officials would then be distributed to the media.

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