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Big Ten Basketball Referee Assignments For The 2015

Terry Anderson 
Sam Banks
Phil Bova
Dennis Bracco
Jim Burr    
William Bush
Dan Chrisman
Tom Clark     
J.D. Collins
Mike Conlin
Bill Connor  
Fran Connolly 
Edward Corbett
Eugene Crawford
Eric Curry  
Joe DeMayo
Randy Drury     
Tom Eades
Warren Evans  
David Gentile
Dwayne Gladden
Donnee Gray
Reginald Greenwood
Rick Hartzell 
Randy Heimerman
John Higgins 
Tim Higgins 
Ed Hightower
Ted Hillary  
John Hughes
Tim Hutchinson  
Kyle Ingram
Eddie Jackson
Paul Janssen
William Kaminski 
William Kennedy
Mike Kitts    
Sam Lickliter
Bob Mahre   
David Maracich  
Mark Masariu
Tom Mauer  
Glenn Mayborg 
Art McDonald  
Eugene Monje
Jeffrey Nichols
Brian O'Connell
Steve Olson   
Tom O'Neill
Brad Pressentin  
Michael Roberts   
Sid Rodeheffer
Mike Sanzere
Jerry Sauder
Curtis Shaw  
LaMar Simpson
Lamont Simpson
Steve Skiles
Bert Smith
Zelton Steed
Winston Stith   
Joe Townsell
Ted Valentine
Steve Welmer   
Mike Wood
Terry Wymer  
John Yorkovich
Ron Zetcher




With his sturdy, 6-foot-3 inch frame, his perma-tan, light brown floppy hair and, most of all, his high-profile assignments — including six Final Fours and the 2013 NCAA championship game — John Higgins has become the most recognizable referee in college basketball. That is not always a good thing. 

His familiarity to television viewers, combined with his penchant for calling technical fouls, have subjected him to considerable mockery and loathing.

Soon after he worked the epic triple-overtime game between Kansas and Oklahoma on Jan. 19, he received a threatening email at his business. He forwarded it to the FBI.

"If I looked at everything people wrote or said about me, I'd be a basket case," Higgins said.

According to the website bbstate.com, Higgins has worked 59 games this season. That put him in a three-way tie for second among all Division I officials, with David Hall's 61 setting the pace. During one stretch in early January, he traveled 4,800 miles over three days.

Higgins often gets paid more than $3,000 per game. The more games he refs, the more money he makes. Though he could work every single day if he wanted, he gives himself every Friday and most Mondays off, and he disagrees with the suggestion that his performance suffers because he calls so many games. "I'd ask you, do you work five days a week?" he retorts. "I work five days a week for two hours a day. That's less than most people. Yes, I spend a lot of time on airplanes, but if you keep yourself mentally and physically healthy, it's no big deal."

That Big 12 officiating coordinator, Curtis Shaw, has heard occasional complaints about Higgins's heavy workload from coaches. Yet, he continues putting Higgins on the most important games because Higgins is among the very best at what he does. "A coach will say to me, 'He's working too many games.' So I'll say, 'O.K., I'll take him out of your game.' Then they say they don't want that," Shaw says. "John is a tremendous play-caller. When push comes to shove, in our business it's about getting plays right."

Higgins does not dispute the impression that he calls more technical fouls than most of his peers. "I'm not disagreeing, and I'm not apologizing," he says. "We're supposed to enforce the rules as written, right? The NCAA is always preaching sportsmanship, sportsmanship, sportsmanship. You can eat a little crow if you know you probably screwed a play up, but when you let coaches and players and coaches act like idiots, you lose all credibility. I try not to let it happen in my games, that's for sure."

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