Official who ejected ex-players not at ACC tourney
An official who ejected two former North Carolina State stars
from the stands last month did not take part in the Atlantic Coast
Conference tournament but had the support of his colleagues.
The ACC issued a statement Thursday saying Karl Hess decided not
to officiate in Atlanta because he ”did not want to take away from
the ACC tournament, its teams and the players.” But his absence
was noted in the opening game of the tournament, when all three
officials wrote the letters ”KH” on a small piece of tape that
was attached to the side of their shoes.
The league released its statement after Maryland’s victory over
Wake Forest, saying the other officials ”agreed to respect” the
decision by Hess. There were no such protests in the remaining
Hess wasn’t sitting at home Thursday. He officiated the
Marquette-Louisville game at the Big East tournament in New
On Feb. 18, Tom Gugliotta and Chris Corchiani were ejected from
their seats by Hess during a game in Raleigh, N.C., between the
Wolfpack and Florida State.
Hess told ACC officials that the former players weren’t ejected
for anything they said, but for ”excessive demonstration on
several calls.” The league reviewed the incident and publicly