Officials Quit Big East Tourney Amid Controversial Missed Calls

Following a controversial and even embarrassing ending for the Big East Conference, the three officials that called yesterday’s St. John’s vs. Rutgers game have voluntarily withdrawn for the remaining of the 2011 Big East Championship. The announcement was made by Commissioner John Marinatto earlier today. With approximately 1.7 seconds remaining, and Rutgers down by two, the officials missed a traveling call followed by an out-of-bounds violation by the Red Storm’s Justin Brownlee. The missed calls by officials  — Jim Burr, Tim Higgins and Carl Walton — may have caused Rutgers to lose the game.