30 episodes

News & Observer sports columnist Luke DeCock and longtime NCAA referee John Clougherty discuss the complex and controversial world of officiating.

The Whistleblowers podcast John Clougherty & Luke DeCock

    • Sports
    • 4.6 • 21 Ratings

News & Observer sports columnist Luke DeCock and longtime NCAA referee John Clougherty discuss the complex and controversial world of officiating.

    The Whistleblowers, Ep. 30 (The emergency Izzy & Harry's 6 episode)

    The Whistleblowers, Ep. 30 (The emergency Izzy & Harry's 6 episode)

    *THE EMERGENCY WHISTLEBLOWERS* In the wake of six officials being sent home from the NCAA tournament, John and Luke reunite to discuss the impact of their departure on the tournament, officiating during the pandemic and answer a few listener questions.

    • 50 min
    The Whistleblowers, Ep. 29

    The Whistleblowers, Ep. 29

    John and Luke are joined by the McGee family -- Jerry, Ryan and Sam -- to talk about their new book, Sidelines and Bloodlines. And with college basketball's return imminent, we discuss the intricacies of officiating in a COVID environment. Send any questions to ldecock@newsobserver.com and leave a review if you enjoy the podcast.

    • 46 min
    The Whistleblowers, Ep. 28, feat. KenPom

    The Whistleblowers, Ep. 28, feat. KenPom

    Longtime listener Ken Pomeroy joins The Whistleblowers to discuss his referee ratings at kenpom.com and John offers some advice for getting into officiating, in any sport, in the 28th episode of The Whistleblowers. As always, send questions and comments to ldecock@newsobserver.com and leave a review if you enjoy the podcast.

    • 58 min
    The Whistleblowers, Ep. 27

    The Whistleblowers, Ep. 27

    After a few (unexpected) months off, The Whistleblowers returns with a special (appropriately distanced) coronavirus edition in Episode 27, including the SEC hiring Mike Eades and college officials who tested positive for COVID-19. We'll be doing more podcasts over the extended offseason, so send questions and comments to ldecock@newsobserver.com.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Whistleblowers, Ep. 26

    The Whistleblowers, Ep. 26

    Listener-submitted questions dominate the first 45 minutes or so of the 26th episode of The Whistleblowers, including notes from a Federal judge, how to deal with abusive fans, what plays qualify for late-game replays and the concept of a coach's challenge. Got questions? ldecock@newsobserver.com or @LukeDeCock, we'll get to 'em.

    • 59 min
    The Whistleblowers, Ep. 25

    The Whistleblowers, Ep. 25

    What's the craziest object a fan ever threw at John Clougherty? How about a switchblade. John goes back into the archives to talk about a crazy night at Memphis and we discuss Mike Brey's fine and J.D. Collins' watchful eye in the 25th episode of The Whistleblowers.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Goblue1966 ,

Great podcast

Always entertaining and thorough review of college hoops topics with some interesting inside stories.

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