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

reprimanded Hess.