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UIL officials visit Celina; provide explanation, closure after officiating flap
Celina girls basketball coach Jordan Davis said UIL executive director Charles Breithaupt and deputy director Jamey Harrison visited Celina on Wednesday to discuss the conclusion of Saturday's Class 3A Region II championship.
Argyle beat Celina, 51-50, in double-overtime, but not before a bizarre series of events that ended with the officiating crew running off the floor without explanation. Watch the video and catch up on the story here.
Celina officials urged the UIL for an explanation Monday, and Davis said the UIL offered one Wednesday. Here's what they said:
"One of the UIL officials had talked to the head official of the game, and he said he did blow his whistle and raise his hand for a foul call," Davis said. "He didn't see the time or hear the buzzer go off. He looked over at his co-official, who then waved his arms to indicate the game was over. That's when they said 'Let's go' and took off.
"The UIL said the referees should have stopped at the scorer's table to check with them. That's something that should have been done. And that's where they didn't handle it correctly. And the part about knowing that there was a whistle blown to call a foul does say a lot."
Davis reiterated that she had no expectation for the UIL to change the outcome of the game. She merely sought closure after the inexplicable conclusion.
"I feel much better now," Davis said. "I think the UIL has done what it can to make this right and take steps to make sure this doesn't happen to someone else."
Davis said she was told that the lead official of the game from the Temple chapter of the THSBOA has self-imposed a two-week suspension.
As far as Davis is concerned, Wednesday's meeting with the UIL was the end of this long, bizarre scenario.
"We're not going to talk about it anymore," Davis said. "I can't speak for the fans, or where the video has ended up."