Refs want a clean slate when they start a game- they don't want the coach mad about a call or calls from a game a month ago. Coaches and players want the same from refs- they want the game to start with a clean slate. When I first started coaching, most refs would refuse to work more than 3 games during an entire season with a particular team- the feeling was when you worked more games you were creating too much history.
Several years ago I had an athletic director relate an exchange he had with a ref. The ref had asked him what he thought about me, because the refs said, "I can't stand him." That is not what a coach wants to hear from a ref- the question becomes- will the ref start with any predisposed ideas about how to call the game. This past year a coach related that in the middle of the game, the ref had called numerous fouls, and the ref turned to the coach and said, "You teach your kids to foul so I am going to call a lot of fouls." Again, this ref did not start with a clean slate.
Officiating is not easy, but they cannot start a game with predisposition of how to call the game. The following is the said story from the PAC-12. The key question, did this ref without knowing it become influenced by the pregame suggestion?
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