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Major College Basketball Coach Trashes Referees After Game

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A major college basketball coach didn't hold back in his criticism of the officiating in his team's game this week.

Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin trashed college basketball referees following his team's game on Tuesday night.

Cronin was ejected from his team's 82-74 win over South Florida.

The head coach went on quite a rant in his post-game press conference.

Cronin called one of the referees a "tough guy" and called for them to be suspended.

The officiating in college basketball has come under fire in recent years, with several people close to the sport suggesting something needs to change. There are many who believe officials - some, not all - place too much of an emphasis on themselves and not the players. The biggest complaint among many fans are the dramatic charging calls, which you rarely see at other levels of the sport. The Athletic's Sam Vecenie, for one, agrees that officials need to be held more accountable.

The NBA has a system that attempts to hold its referees accountable by publishing a last two minute report, which reveals which calls the refs got wrong and which they got right when the game is on the line.

It's unclear if something like that could happen in college basketball, but most would agree that something needs to change.