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