“Working” officials is an art form. Some coaches are masters at knowing just the right buttons to push over the course of a game to the point where—Who knows?—maybe they can get a key call in their favor. I asked several media members who cover the Big Ten which coach they felt was best at “working” officials.
Jeff Washburn, Boiler Sports Report/Scout.com: Bo Ryan is the most demonstrative and theatrical, but Tom Izzo seems to produce results that would make Perry Mason smile.
Kevin Noon, BuckeyeGrove.com: Watching Tom Izzo is worth the price of admission, but it is a maddening adventure if you are a fan of his opposition. There are a few certainties in college basketball, but Izzo going into histrionics over the first call he doesn’t get is as sure as it gets.
Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: I’d vote for Tom Izzo: Part crazy, part beggar. But his rep/resume gives him cache.
Scott Dochterman, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Tom Izzo does an excellent job of expressing his displeasure, making his point and then reaping both the calls and non-calls in the aftermath.
Marcus Fuller, St. Paul Pioneer Press: Bo Ryan. Players aren’t the only ones who can feel his scowl. Nobody gets better home cooking with calls.
Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland.com: I think I’d say Tom Izzo, always has a conversation going and with a physical team you need to.
Joe Rexrode, Detroit Free Press: I think Tom Izzo. Bo Ryan and Fran McCaffery work them more ferociously. Doesn’t always work. Tom Crean’s approach seems effective.
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