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bigblahla
05-11-2009, 06:00 PM
Crusin the Don's board when I came across this little gem. Dave Libbey has been appointed head of the WCC Referees. Anybody have any info?

Go!! Zags!!!

ZagManFan
05-11-2009, 07:39 PM
PLEASE NOOOOOOOOOO. HAVE MERCY!!!!!!!!!!

Is it safe to wake from my nightmare?

PilotNut
05-11-2009, 09:06 PM
The news was "spilled" on Coach Reveno's Twitter...

We have been discussing it on the UP board, here: http://www.pilotnation.net/men-s-basketball-f5/reveno-s-twitter-page-t2151.htm

If he is the Head of WCC Officials, I dont think he will be reffing any of the WCC games any more... right?!?! :clap:

LongIslandZagFan
05-12-2009, 08:00 AM
If he is the Head of WCC Officials, I dont think he will be reffing any of the WCC games any more... right?!?! :clap:


Lord, I hope so. If that is the case, perhaps that was the ultimate end game by the WCC.

BobZag
05-12-2009, 08:26 AM
Libbey is better than 90% of the others. He isn't totally inept like many others. I just think it has become "fashionable" to b!tch about Libbey.

Angelo Roncalli
05-12-2009, 08:40 AM
I too think Libbey gets a bad rap.

I wish Libbey would have been reffing the game against UCLA in the sweet 16 when Farmar assualted Batista on the inbounds play at the end of the game. He would have called the foul.

I know GU coaches would rather have Libbey reffing a game than a whole slew of the other usual suspects.

Baldwinzag
05-12-2009, 09:09 AM
Libbey seems to live for the controversial calls, yet to his credit, generally makes the right call. Sure, Libbey is a bit of a prima donna as an official, yet he's one of the harder working ones out there. I think he attracts unnecessary attention because he makes the call others are afraid to make(with added theatrics, of course). I'd say Dave makes the correct call more times than not. His arrogant personality isn't for me, but I have no issue with him as a ref.

All that said, this is a rather amusing article posted by Seattle Sportsnet:


Dave Libbey has no soul. I’m convinced of this. Don’t ask me why I’m convinced, I have no reasoning, but if you know who Dave Libbey is, there’s a good chance you might just agree with me.

For those of you who don’t know Libbey, he’s a college basketball referee that makes his home on the West Coast. Libbey has been an official since the early-1980’s, and over the years has worked his way up to a certain level of prominence in the world of NCAA hoops.

If you’re a hardcore Pac-10 basketball fan, you know Dave Libbey, and you subsequently hate Dave Libbey. Amongst his peers, Libbey may be viewed as a savvy veteran of the profession, but to fans and purists everywhere he’s more of a villain than anything else.

When it comes to college basketball, it’s all about Dave Libbey. If Dave Libbey is on the call, then Dave Libbey WILL BE the main attraction. You may not think that’s the case going in, but by the end of the game you’ll know it’s the truth. Libbey maintains an iron-fisted grip over his three-man officiating team and overrules anything and everything his minions attempt to do. You see a charge? Dave Libbey sees a block. You want traveling? Dave Libbey sees dribbling. For some refs, there may be such a thing as a no-call situation. For Dave Libbey, every situation requires his influence.

If you watched the Washington-UCLA game on Saturday, you witnessed Dave Libbey at his best. There were technical fouls, blatantly missed calls, questionably called calls, and even a sign in the Dawg Pack that read “Welcome to the Libbey show.” The billboard in his honor apparently brought out the best in Libbey, as he walked over to the students before the game, blew kisses, and thanked them for spelling his name correctly. As one fan put it, it was little more than “disturbing.”

On message boards around the nation, Libbey is trashed and lambasted by college basketball fans on a seemingly daily basis. However, I did find one message board where the man, the myth, the legend was praised. The forum on Officiating.com is a Dave Libbey lovefest. One user, under the handle “Stripes,” offered this praise of Libbey’s work: “I have been to Dave’s camp held at UCSD. I thought it was excellent. Dave is a great teacher and motivator. At the time I was a JV official…” And we’ll stop you right there. You were a JV official.

Just the fact that Libbey is as well-known as he is, is an indictment on his job and his personality. Officiating is a profession based on anonymity. The less people recognize you, the better. If fans can leave a game never knowing you existed, then that likely means you did a great job. Apparently Dave Libbey doesn’t play by these rules. He thrives on the attention, and he loves to be in control. He goes out of his way to chastise players, talk to coaches, exchange barbs (not necessarily in a friendly manner) with fans, and showcase his ######bag personality every chance he gets. Dave Libbey may be good for officiating, but he ruins the game of basketball.

http://seattlesportsnet.com/2009/01/26/its-dave-libbeys-world-we-just-live-in-it/

CDC84
05-12-2009, 09:14 AM
The main issue with Libbey is his arrogant demeanor on the court (which can irritate fans), but which comes into play, especially, in one area: how he treats the other officials on his crew. I have seen him overrule dozens of his underlings over the years who were in a better position to make a call. Sometimes he ends up being right, but sometimes he's wrong. I know that there is at least one Pac 10 team that refuses to have him ref their games, but there are apparently all sorts of coaches that don't have an issue with him. There are certainly worse guys within his profession. The one thing I will say is that he's less prone to home court favoritism than other refs. He's probably a guy that you want officiating your game if you're in a hostile gym.

TheZagPhish
05-12-2009, 10:09 AM
https://www.eofficials.com/ESO_Repository/Content/ContentImages/ESO%20Crew%20Members/pic_DaveLibby.jpg

LongIslandZagFan
05-12-2009, 10:36 AM
The main issue with Libbey is his arrogant demeanor on the court


Nuff said.

Birddog
05-12-2009, 11:11 AM
I always liked this one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dm67Gk_pRk

MDABE80
05-12-2009, 11:19 AM
"I"........look at that clip and you'll know every thing you need to know about the lil "colonel".

lothar98zag
05-12-2009, 12:06 PM
The news was "spilled" on Coach Reveno's Twitter...

We have been discussing it on the UP board, here: http://www.pilotnation.net/men-s-basketball-f5/reveno-s-twitter-page-t2151.htm

If he is the Head of WCC Officials, I dont think he will be reffing any of the WCC games any more... right?!?! :clap:
I hope this is so. & I hope he uses his ego to "punish" refs when they screw up during WCC games. & that translates into a higher quality of reffing in WCC games.


Either way, this move can't make WCC reffing worse - can it?

a13coach
05-12-2009, 01:53 PM
I hope this is so. & I hope he uses his ego to "punish" refs when they screw up during WCC games. & that translates into a higher quality of reffing in WCC games.


Either way, this move can't make WCC reffing worse - can it?

Who knows. Basically the head conference ref gets to choose the crews and with Dave's ego he could eliminate some good ref's if he does not care for them. So it could go either way.

PS does Dave read this board? :D

Jeff_Scribe
05-12-2009, 02:30 PM
Jamie Zaninovich forced Jack Ditty out and has made an offer to Dave Libbey to replace him. Libbey has not fully recovered from his injury a year ago and is very seriously considering the position.

bigblahla
05-12-2009, 03:43 PM
Arrogant on court demeanor? Commanding demeanor?

Add to that, knowledge, assertiveness, confidence and 100% conviction he is right. What else would you want in an official or better yet head of officials?

I've seen his errors as have we all but his steadfastness to his call in the face of thousands has to be commended. I think these would be great attributes for whomever fills the position.

Just my opinion.

Go!! Zags!!!

KennewickZag
05-13-2009, 08:59 AM
Libbey is no better or worse than the average NCAA official. Of course, he makes some bad calls occasionally, but like most referees, he probably makes the right call 90% of the time.

The problem with Libbey is that so many college basketball fans know who he is. The game should be about the players, not the referee. He is way too interested in being noticed. On a call that could go either way, he tends to prefer the call that would be least popular with the home fans or most controversial.

Zag79
05-13-2009, 10:55 PM
I just think it has become "fashionable" to b!tch about Libbey.

no kidding!