John Marinatto

Game official Jim Burr (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images), reportedly forced out of the Big East Tournament. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Report: Blown Call Officials Forced Out By Big East

Big East commissioner John Marinatto said Thursday that three officials “voluntarily” withdrew themselves from this week’s tournament at MSG following a blown call uproar. The Post paints a different picture, reporting that the refs “were told to put away their whistles.”


Tim Higgins (Thomas Cain - AP), Rutgers coach Mike Rice (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

3 Officials Withdraw From Tournament After St. John’s-Rutgers Blunder

After a colossal missed call that cost the Scarlet Knights their chance at beating St. John’s on Wednesday, Jim Burr, Tim Higgins and Earl Walton have voluntarily pulled themselves from the Big East Tournament.


Head coach Steve Lavin coaches his player Justin Brownlee #32 of the St.Johns Red Storm against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the second round of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament presented by American Eagle Outfitters at Madison Square Garden on March 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Blown Call Sets Up St. John’s-Syracuse Showdown

By virtue of a Jan. 12 victory over the Red Storm at MSG, Syracuse earned the final double-bye in the Big East Tournament. St. John’s, meanwhile, has a short turnaround following Wednesday’s controversial 65-63 victory over 13th-seeded Rutgers.



Big East Will Expand Football Membership

The Big East conference has unanimously agreed to expand the number of football-playing schools to 10.