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2014-15 NC Memos Archive
  • 7/23/2015

    Good morning:

    I spoke with Verne Harris today and he urged me to share this letter with all of you. 

    For those of you who do not know Verne, he lives in Denver, CO and has officiated in the last 17 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, including 7 Final 4 assignments.

    John W. Adams
    NCAA National Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officiating

    Letter from Verne:

    To My Entire Basketball Family,

    First of all I want let everyone that I am writing this letter with a HUGE smile on my face.   

    I want to thank all of the referees, coaches, administrative staff, coordinators, commissioners and friends for all the prayers and wonderful wishes throughout this entire ordeal.  The love I felt from everyone was very instrumental in me maintaining a positive attitude throughout.   I just knew that with everyone praying for me that I was going to be okay, but the outpouring of prayers and love was truly humbling.

    Hopefully this doesn't bore you, but here's a quick synopsis of the past few days.  I had surgery on Thursday February 5th.  The surgeon took out 12" of the right side of my colon.  The surgery was a success.  I was out of it the rest of the day.

    I was released from the hospital on Sunday, relatively pain free with zero medication since early Saturday.  When I got home I was walking very gingerly, even my dog seemed to be concerned.  However, Monday rolls around and I wake up, take a shower and I have a pep in my step again.  Carla prepared a wonderful breakfast for me, it was so much better than the horrible hospital food.  We took a 3 mile walk to Starbucks to help my caffeine headache.  Tuesday morning, and the same thing but even a more brisk walk.  My doctors are just fascinated by the progress that I have made.  Then to top the day off I get a call from my surgeon that said the pathology tests are back and the results were NEGATIVE.  I am officially cancer FREE!!!!!  I will not need chemotherapy or radiation, they got it ALL.  My doctor will continue to monitor my progress but he has no doubt that I will be back on the court real soon.  GOD IS GOOD.

    Thanks again to everyone for the emails, texts, phone calls, hospital visits, gifts and prayers.  All were very instrumental in this incredible diagnosis, surgery and recovery.

    Being in good physical condition really paid off but lets be real, the early detection continues to be the key.  I cannot express how happy I was to hear the number of people that were texting or emailing me with their scheduled date for their colonoscopies, after reading my original letter.  I know I made the right decision to share this.  So please continue to spread the word to your family and friends to get their colonoscopies scheduled and to continue to get checked every five years.

    Love you all,

    Verne Harris

  • 2/6/2015

    Officials:

    The weekend of February 6-8 has been designated Autism Awareness Weekend by the NABC.  The coaches, in approximately 50 televised games, will be wearing a "blue puzzle piece" pin and there will be 3 pins available at each venue for the officiating crew.  Wearing the pin in support of this program has been approved at a National and Conference level. 

    Naturally, it is up to each of you to decide if you want to participate but it is my feeling that joining the NABC in any civic or charitable effort, is "Good for the Game."

    John W. Adams
    NCAA National Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officiating

  • 1/27/2015

    Good day to everyone,

    I wanted to take moment to thank all of you who wore pink socks this past weekend in conjunction with the NABC's Suits and Sneakers cancer research fund raising initiative. It is greatly appreciated by survivors and members of families that have been touched by this disease.

    On a procedural note, please check your Eligibility Center on the Central Hub. January 30 is the last day to complete the viewing of the 8 Video Bulletins that have been posted.  If you have any issues, please email me at jwasports1@aol.com.

    In the games I have attended and observed, I am noticing an inconsistent approach to enforcing 10-1-4. Let me remind you that Keeping a hand or forearm on an opponent is a foul; putting 2 hands on an opponent is a foul; jabbing an opponent is a foul; using an arm bar to impede or "stand up" or "re-route" a dribbler is a foul.  These types of illegal actions don't require judgment as much as they require RECOGNITION followed by calling a foul.

    Finally, I don't know how to say this any other way: when guarding an airborne player, if you are not SURE the defender met the requirements of establishing legal defense prior to the player he is guarding leavingthe floor, and the ensuing contact is illegal, call a blocking foul.  Too many of you are still judging this play on how it looks, rather than applying the guarding principles to the play.

    Travel safely, stay healthy, eat well, and get plenty of rest.  It's only 48 days until March Madness!

    John W. Adams
    NCAA National Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officiating

  • 1/13/2015

    Greetings from a frigid Indianapolis.  

    There are a few items I would like to make you aware of as we head into the "meat" of 2015 conference play:

    1.  I would be happy to send evaluations to any D1 official who requests one.  Email me at jwasports1@aol.com to request them.  If you do not request an evaluation by Friday, 1/16/15, I will then only send evaluations conducted after 1/1/15.  If you would like me to send a copy of the evaluations to the assigning coordinator, let me know.

    2.  The weekend of February 6-8 has been designated Autism Awareness Weekend by the NABC.  The coaches, in approximately 50 televised games, will be wearing a "blue puzzle piece" pin and there will be 3 pins available at each venue for the officiating crew.  Wearing the pin in support of this program has been approved at a National and Conference level.  Naturally, it is up to each of you to decide if you want to participate but it is my feeling that joining the NABC in any civic or charitable effort, is "Good for the Game".

    3.  The deadline to watch the Video Bulletins is approaching (1/31/15).  If you have watched the videos and have not received credit, please let me know ASAP.  Note it may take up to two days for your completion status to appear in your Eligibility Center.

    4.  Thanks to many of you who send plays for possible use on the web site.  Depending on the quality and/or content, I try to use as many as I can.  Keep them coming.

    Please be careful traveling and don't take foolish risks to drive or fly to a game.  Stay healthy and be safe.

    John W. Adams
    NCAA National Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officiating
     

 
 
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