Was Clockgate worse than today?

Sorry to bring up such painful memories, but this all has a point to it.

A quick refresher for those who may not remember the infamous "time freeze" from a 2008 women's basketball game between Rutgers and Tennessee.

On Monday night, Tennessee's superstar Candace Parker tried to put a philosophical spin on the controversial finish in her top-ranked team's 59-58 win over No. 5 Rutgers that was aided by a "frozen" clock of 1.3 seconds.

That was enough "extra" time to allow a foul to be called on the Scarlet Knights' Kia Vaughn, sending Tennessee' Nicky Anosike to the line where she hit the winning free throws with 0.2 seconds left.

"The game officials, who were assigned by the SEC, never asked the timer about the stoppage of the clock and did not follow procedures as defined by the NCAA Mechanic Manual," Tranghese said of Bob Trammell, Tina Napier, and Bonita Spence, who also work Big East games.

"As a result, they rendered their judgment that the foul occurred with .02 seconds remaining in the game. The SEC was asked to speak with the timer, who said that he did not stop the clock and the clock was controlled by the officials."

Did this travesty have lasting implications? Not particularly. Bonita Spence was pulled from the UConn/Rutgers game a few weeks later, but all three have subsequently worked Rutgers games. In fact, Napier worked that year's Final Four.

If precedent is any indication, today's clown crew will walk away with a slap on the wrist at best.

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