Rutgers Coach A Lot Less Bitter And Ranty Than We Would BeS

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Mike Rice joined WFAN in New York with Mike Francesa to discuss when he become aware that Justin Brownlee did step out of bounds at the end of the game and that there should have been time put back on the clock, is there any question about whether there was time remaining for his team to have a shot at winning the ball game, did any of the calls the referees may have missed in in the last minute specifically outrage him, does he under any circumstance expect the Big East committee to overturn the play and replay the last 1.6 seconds remaining [not official time left] and was he surprised down three coming up the floor with 17 seconds left that St.John's fouled or did he expect it.

When did you become aware that [Justin] Brownlee did step out of bounds at the end of the game and there should have been time put back on the clock?
"Actually the SID [Rutgers Sports Information Director] has an iPhone. We watched it on YouTube. I mean again it clearly is a mistake. They clearly are some of the best, most veteran referees in the Big East [Jim Burr, Tim Higgins and Earl Walton]. Again, I tell my guys every day you can't control what happens. You can control how you respond and I made a lot of mistakes today Mike. Hopefully they go back and review the procedures of that because it was very interesting if somebody could look with 1.8 seconds and we get the ball with a chance."

This is a reviewable situation. [Justin] Brownlee stepped out of bounds. You should have the ball with 1.6 seconds remaining. I don't think there's any question about it?
"Again, I love that your passion for justice but it is what it is. That's not going to happen. Yeah it should be interesting what takes place next, whether it's a statement, or whether somebody will talk to the media. I'm just very proud Mike of the way our guys kept fighting down ten with three minutes left to go. This team they have a toughness about them."

Did any of the calls the referees may have missed in your opinion there in the last minute specifically outrage you?
"Yes and no. Mike, it's a judgement call. Every time they blow the whistle and show. Every coach wants it to go their way, so yeah I thought maybe there was a couple of times where Mike, especially on the last play where he drove, but again that's a judgement call. These [officials] are the best we have. Those veterans guys that we have, so I have to believe they made the right calls. I haven't gone back to it, but again I'm confident these guys are the best referees in the country."

You don't expect under any circumstance expect the Big East committee will give your team a chance to replay the last 1.6 seconds remaining?
"Under no circumstances do I think that the Big East will let us go back on the floor with 1.6 seconds."

Where you surprised down three coming up the floor with 17 seconds left that they fouled or did you expect it?
"You know what you have different beliefs especially after watching what we did last night. Maybe he changed some of his beliefs. From everybody, especially we had a conversation yesterday, I still probably believe and I believe in my defense that switches out and defends. That's the reason why you don't do it because we pressed and now we get the ball with you know how many seconds left because they turn it over. That's a tough thing to do give somebody 2 points and give them an opportunity to press. It is what it is. It's an incredible last 5 minutes to be honest with you. It is like a blur right now Mike because of everything that took place, but as you said the toughness that this team showed. The second chance points from the big-time shots we hit. I am very proud of them."

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