Penn State head coach Pat Chambers was furious at officials following a loss to Maryland at home on Saturday. At issue is an offensive foul called on Nittany Lion center Jordan Dickerson with 1:50 left and Maryland leading 70-68. Dickerson was planting to set a screen and was pulled to the floor by Maryland forward and defender Evan Smotrycz.
Both players went to the floor and the referee called a foul on Dickerson. The play and call eliminated Dickerson from the rest of the game with his fifth foul.
After the game, Chambers went on to fully explain his feelings on the call in an extended rant on the subject. According to Ben Jones of statecollege.com, here’s what Chambers had to say:
“That is the worst call that I’ve ever seen in my entire life. They’re pulling Jordan Dickerson down. First of all, time and score. He’s too young, he doesn’t have a feel for the game, he shouldn’t call that foul. That’s one.”
“Two is, he back cut. He went down the middle. He didn’t even use the screen and he got pulled down and they called a foul on him? It makes no sense. And if I didn’t complain Newbill would have gotten to the foul line because Trimble gets there 12 times and he’s a freshman and he’s on the road. It’s a joke. It’s a joke the way we’re officiated. It’s disappointing. And there was an elbow that they didn’t want to call that they should have called that normally get called against us. Frustrating, disappointing. But, we gotta take the refs out of the game, and we didn’t.”
Here’s the best vine of the play that I could find in real time.
It looks like Chambers might have a point on the call and it really looks like Dickerson didn’t do anything wrong on the play.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Big Ten responds to this call, as well as Chambers’ comments.