Even though pro football is over for another year, the debate continues on why officiating seems to be getting worse rather than better. Even with all the replays that we now have, there are still many calls that either are not subject to replay. Even with a replay, most fans still believe the refs get the calls wrong.One thought that came to my mind is that officials knowing there could be a replay might fear they will get it wrong and hesitate a moment before making a call. This would lead to a brief hesitation and in that split moment the play is already over. Someone else might say that today’s officials make the calls knowing that it can be replayed and thus corrected. This could lead to a poor call as well.One solution is more cameras, and Bill Belichek believes the best solution is to allow a coach unlimited use of the red flag. I think baseball is on the right track by sending all replays to a central office. They do not identify who is making the calls in the central office; whereas, football announces who the replay official is. Anyone who has ever coached has favorite referees and ones they didn’t like. Do I need to say more?
Houston Baptist at A&M-Corpus Christi – 5 p.m. Houston Baptist at A&M-Corpus Christi – 2:30 p.m. McNeese at Lamar – 4:30 p.m. (ESPN+) McNeese at Lamar – 2 p.m. (ESPN+) Saturday’s Men’s Games Women’s Games Southeastern Louisiana at Nicholls – 3:30 p.m. Southeastern Louisiana at Nicholls – 1 p.m. The settled women’s seeds: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi New OrleansIn the running for the eighth and final seed: Central Arkansas and Northwestern State The women’s teams that clinched a place in the eight-team field and will be battling for the Southland Conference Tournament championship and the accompanying automatic berth in the 2019 NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament: Lamar, Stephen F. Austin, Nicholls, Abilene Christian, Sam Houston, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and New Orleans. Central Arkansas at Northwestern State – 3 p.m. Central Arkansas at Northwestern State – 1 p.m. Lamar and Stephen F. Austin will each receive a tournament double bye, with No. 1 and No. 2 seeds to be determined based on Saturday’s results. Nicholls is guaranteed a single bye and will either land in the No. 3 or No. 4 position, while Abilene Christian can land in either the No. 3, No. 4 or No. 5 position. Sam Houston State can either land in the No. 4 position or No. 5 position. Sam Houston at Stephen F. Austin – 4:30 p.m. (ESPN3) Sam Houston at Stephen F. Austin – 2 p.m. (ESPN3) Incarnate Word at Abilene Christian – 3:30 p.m. CT Incarnate Word at Abilene Christian – 1 p.m. CT Women’s Breakdown:For the women’s conference tournament, seven competing schools are known with seeding to be finalized based on the results of Saturday’s six games. FRISCO, Texas – Here are the remaining scenarios for for the 2019 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament:Men’s | Women’sThe documents outline the possibilities for both men’s and women’s competition heading into the final slate of conference games Saturday.The tournament, which features the top eight teams from the regular season in each bracket, commences Wednesday (March 13) in Katy, Texas, at the Leonard E. Merrell Center. This year’s tourney will mark the 12th consecutive year the Southland tournament is in Katy.Men’s Breakdown:On the men’s side, five schools have secured spots and three have cemented seeds for the tourney: Sam Houston State – 2018-19 Regular-Season Champion (outright) Abilene Christian Southeastern Louisiana (Seeds TBD) New Orleans LamarBy virtue of their regular-season records, the Bearkats and Wildcats receive double byes in the single-elimination tourney that will determine the Southland’s automatic qualifier for the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship field.Meanwhile, six schools are vying for the three remaining slots: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Houston Baptist, Stephen F. Austin, Central Arkansas, Nicholls, and Northwestern State. Idle: New Orleans Idle: New Orleans