Arkansas State Senate addresses bad officiating in Arkansas-North Carolina game

It's safe to say Arkansas fans are still upset about the officiating in the Arkansas-North Carolina game.

It has been four days since Arkansas was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by North Carolina.

However, fans of the Razorbacks are still upset about how the game ended, with a pair of calls going against Arkansas late in the game. Those feelings apparently extend to the Arkansas state government.

Sen. Keith Ingram of West Memphis and Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson of Benton sponsored and co-sponsored, respectively, a senate resolution for "encouraging better education of NCAA basketball officials," known as SR19.

Here is how the resolution is written, from the Arkansas State Legislature website:

WHEREAS, as the University of Arkansas men's basketball team was the victim of a devastating and grievous loss in the NCAA Tournament that left fans trying to find the strength to carry on, children crying, grown men weeping, cows unable to produce milk, chickens ceasing to lay eggs, and lambs lying with lions; and

WHEREAS, the loss was directly aided and abetted by an official's call, one so profoundly poor as to be sighted by media, fans, a member of the rock group The Archies, and other astute observers of the game as having cost our beloved Razorbacks a trip to the Sweet Sixteen; and

WHEREAS, the Razorback Nation has suffered heartbreak, pain, and a loss of consortium because of said loss; and

WHEREAS, to protect any school and fan from such highway robbery in the future, the NCAA Committee on Officiating, Refreshments, and Trinket Sales should make the video of the dastardly call mandatory viewing for any current or future NCAA basketball officials so that no other school should suffer and endure such a cruel and undeserved fate at the hands and whistle of a pinhead dressed in stripes,


THAT the Senate encourages the NCAA to better educate basketball officials to spare other teams in the nation the fate given to the University of Arkansas men's basketball team in the recent NCAA Tournament.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT upon adoption of this resolution, an appropriate copy shall be transmitted to the President of the NCAA by the Secretary of the Senate.

According to Associated Press reporter Andrew DeMillo, the resolution passed by a voice vote, so NCAA President Mark Emmert can expect to receive a copy of it in the mail sometime soon.

Arkansas fans, though, will have to wait eight months to see the Razorbacks on the court again.

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