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 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.
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 email@example.com and leave a review if you enjoy the podcast.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and leave a review if you enjoy the podcast.
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 email@example.com.
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? firstname.lastname@example.org or @LukeDeCock, we'll get to 'em.
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.
Always entertaining and thorough review of college hoops topics with some interesting inside stories.