Roundtable: Post-USQ Cup 10

Editor’s Note: What follows is an FBI roundtable on the events that unfolded during and after USQ Cup X. Included just before our discussion are the formal resignations of Matt Dwyer and Curtis Taylor. Lisle Coleman agreed to forward us her resignation, but her USQ email account had already been deleted.

Matt Dwyer’s formal resignation:

Eric [Schnier],

As told in person on Sunday, I am stepping down as regional coordinator due to the many flaws of USQ:

1) Not allowing gameplay to have any on-field decisions such as suspensions or any other disciplinary action. Two cases occurred this weekend with another at NWRC. One with Utah State being named the winner of NWRC when Boise State was the rightful winner. No gameplay staff was contacted in the decision or consulted in the tiebreakers. This resulted in USQC wearing the gold medals with Boise being on board as they were asked by USQC if it was okay beforehand and finding it funny but the star player being suspended for 3 games due to it. The second with Adam Heald being suspended for taunting (which we all know Adam would never do if you’ve ever played/met him) for the Sweet 16 game. Everyone on gameplay that I’ve talked to found both decisions highly unfair to the players but with nobody from gameplay able to make decisions, 4 people with no experience of playing in high intensity matches on a national level made the decision.

2) Not allowing the ref team who was playing to have a say in refs. This allowed highly unqualified and unprofessional refs to be reffing games they shouldn’t be while Jayke Archibald and Austin Pitts (two of the most qualified/respected refs on the ref team in the country) were not allowed to put in any input. Both these people know how to put personal bias aside and schedule refs fairly as they did for both their regionals. Instead, it was put in the hands of Marcus Toomey who is one of the most unprofessional refs in the country according to many people.

3) The water condition. At midday Sunday, every single cooler was filled with yellow water and had dirt in them. I approached multiple USQ staff to express my concern to fix it/relay it to the facility to fix it. However, any staff member I talked to who had authority and field managers were not able to confirm the problem was fixed. This led to multiple people (including myself) becoming sick. I have included a picture of Pitch 1’s water supply to illustrate my point.

4) The unprofessionalism of Mary Kimball. During the appeal process of Adam Heald’s suspension, she continuously interrupted the KU leadership while they were making points and proceeded to tell us we needed to calm down since she “has had a long day” after she just suspended one of our key players for a Sweet 16 game. Leading the investigation, she found it suitable to get one side of the story (the ASU player’s thoughts) and not Adam Heald’s thoughts.

USQ is currently an organization that has too many problems and a majority of people working there on salary are not qualified to fix them. In order to fix this, unfortunately people need to be removed from their positions as they are not willing to admit their faults or mistakes. I hope these changes are made before another league is formed and USQ dies from the lack of teams that are willing to deal with situations like those mentioned above on an annual basis.

Sincerely,

Matt Dwyer

(Editor’s Note: Marcus Toomey is an FBI staff writer and participates in part in this roundtable as such. Because they are a member of our staff, we requested that they have the opportunity to speak with Matt Dwyer regarding his comments on their behavior at nationals. Matt respectfully declined, and as such we have decided to allow Marcus the opportunity to include a brief note, which you can find at the very end of this article.)

Curtis Taylor’s formal resignation:

Eric,

I would like is to serve as my formal resignation from the RC position due to the fact I don’t feel like I can serve within the context and means of what the regional coordinator position has become since I started. As a volunteer over the last six years for this organization, I have put time, effort, and energy into an organization that has given me so much that I felt the need to pay it back. Additionally, as longest serving regional coordinator I have seen many a volunteer leave for negative reasons, burnout, or hatred for USQ. I don’t want that to be my experience, so I have decided to leave when I just don’t feel I can support the direction my role has taken.  

After reflecting back on this weekend and my experience at US Quidditch Cup 10, I feel that my position was underutilized and valued as a place holder. There were many a decision this weekend that teams within my region and in other regions that approached me and asked me to listen to them, actually hear them, and advocate for them within my role as a regional coordinator. When I paused to ask myself what I could do with in my role, I came to nothing.

I know moving forward that my time will be spent in a place where I truly enjoy and can continue to create positive feelings and memories about the sport I love as a college coach and through more involvement with MLQ.

I feel this decision is for the best to allow your staff’s vision to be executed with those truly invested in the direction you are going in as an organization.  

I have truly enjoyed my time with USQ Volunteer getting to know you personally, Eric.

Cheers,
Curtis

FBI Staff Discussion

Dirty drinking water

Bruce Donnelly: Prior to Cup, I bought a case of bottled water. It’s not environmentally sound, but it was a daysaver. All of Day 1, I chose to drink my bottles of water and, obviously, noticed no issue with the water. On Day 2, we played in the 9:40 a.m. time slot. During warm-ups, I finished the bottle of water that I had, and I filled it up from the cooler at my field during the game. I recognized upon first sip that the water was off. While I didn’t ever look at the water, clearly it was bad. I said something to a teammate, and they told me it had been like that the entire day before.

This is a terrible oversight. Knowing that there was the same issue the last time Cup was in Kissimmee makes it hard for me to believe USQ officials when they say they have a plan in place for the future regarding facilities and water.

Ryan Smythe: Exact. Same. Fucking. Issue. The water on Day 1at least the water I drankwas fine. Once Day 2 rolled around, it started getting a bit worse, and by the end it smelled like actual rotten eggs. I have no idea where the people refilling the coolers were getting their water from, but it needs to be checked out before people who need to drink it on a regular basis get sick.

Ryan Sparks: I didn’t see the dirty water, but something definitely tasted off about it all weekend. It had this weird taste of eggs to it and just didn’t taste clean. That being said, I think it’s this kind of negligence on the part of USQ officials that is driving so many people away from the organization. This is a league whose job is to take care of its player base, and this is one of the easiest, most basic ways that USQ can do that, and it failed.

Ali Markus: I grew up on well water so off-tasting water doesn’t necessarily ring my alarm bells as quickly as most. But the women’s bathroom smelled like the Grim Reaper tossed her cookies in every stall, so if USQ was refilling those jugs with water from HQ, which was the same building as the bathrooms were in, then I regret the one bottle I filled up on Day 2 even more. What worries me is that they messed up a logistical issue that is one of the most basic things a TD should do.

Elizabeth Barcelos: The funny thing is I saw the facility staff refilling water coolers on the pitch with clean water jugs on Day 1. Chris Rothery even got a picture of it happening. So I have no idea why this didn’t continue to happen on Day 2. I wasn’t playing by then so water wasn’t my beverage of choice anymore. Someone dropped the ball at the facility level, but this was a promise they gave USQ and so they should have been held to account.

Marcus Toomey: This, kids, is why I love bottled water.

BD: RT^^^

Sarah Goad: I just want to jump in here and say that the jugs of water in the VIP tent were clear and delicious all weekend long thanks to Megan Stacey’s brilliant handling of said venue. I’m not sure if all of the water at the event was bought or sourced from the same spigot or WHAT was going on there, but it’s unfortunate that the players were drinking dirty water and the spectators were not.

Resignations of Regional Coordinators Matt Dwyer, Lisle Coleman, and Curtis Taylor

BD: Based on the things I’ve heard regarding the RC position over recent years, these volunteers have been undervalued for a while now. Knowing this, I’m sure USQ is gonna have to consolidate the positions. I don’t imagine them replacing qualified and dedicated volunteers on a nearly yearly basis and expect it to be reasonable progression for the sport.

Smythe: USQ needs to get its shit together here. Losing volunteers sucks no matter what level they’re on, but losing volunteers like these three who have helped shape the direction of the sport for the past half-decade in this fashion is potentially crippling. Cup made it obvious that the paid leadership absolutely cannot handle delicate issues on their own, and they just lost three names a significant chunk of the community would trust to help them out.

Sparks: I think all three RCs were justified in their resignations. USQ has slowly been shrinking the role of regional coordinators for several years now, to the point where RCs are really only responsible for making sure that teams get their registration requirements done on time. This has been a problem for multiple years, as I remember very distinctly a conversation with Colin Richards (former MWRC) about how USQ basically ignored any of the suggestions RCs made and that a large frustration of the RCs as a whole was how they felt handcuffed in their jobs by USQ. By limiting the bright minds that make up the future of the sport, USQ is condemning itself to death.

AM: It’s a really good thing that these RCs took a stand. The only thing that scares me is that we’re already at a dearth of good, quality volunteers. I don’t want anyone volunteering who doesn’t want to be there, and no one who volunteers should have to fight uphill battles to feel that their work is appreciated. They made the right choices for themselves, and I applaud them for that. BUT—it does scare me since there is a 99% chance USQ will hire people to replace them who are simply not as qualified as these people were. USQ has absolutely no idea how to train volunteers, and even if they did, their entire organizational structure is designed around letting Sarah Woolsey make every decision. Hopefully, these resignations send a message to USQ: You’re driving great resources directly out the door.

Karissa Kirsch: This was a position I had my sights set on for some day down the road. After hearing flutters of complaints over the last year and then witnessing this mass exodus and USQ’s banhammer response when the first public resignation rolled in, I’m no longer interested in working with USQ at all. I’m founding my own conference and giving back to my region that way. I want to directly influence, aid, and develop the sport and the sport’s following in my area. I want to put programs in place. I want to host events and summits. I want to listen to what my teams need and give them that. From what I’ve heard, USQ hasn’t been allowing that kind of direct hands-in-the-dirt work from their RCs. And that sucks, because I know I’d be a boon to their staff and I would love the opportunity to work on a nationally recognized level. Oh well, I suppose.

EB: Oh hey, here’s a subject I know nothing about. But in all seriousness, while I did vacate my position earlier this season, it had far more to do with pressure from below than above. Still, I can’t pretend that I don’t know what happened here.

The inherent problem with the RC position is that everyone has a different opinion on what the position is. I personally treated it as being a Team Mom, rooting for my kids but making sure they got their shit done. (Oh yeah, and I knew it meant I was on the hook to run West Fantasy.) The only time I ever felt I had an effect on policy was when college team requirements were being discussed and I mentioned that Anteater Quidditch was made up of students from two universities: UC Irvine and Concordia University. The RCs have the best knowledge of their region and USQ makes the best choices when RCs are consulted about how changes will affect their regions.

I wasn’t given much of a job description so I made the job a reflection of my personal leadership style. I saw myself as the voice of the West to USQ and USQ’s voice to the West. That’s a rough middleman position to be in. That was a big part of why I left the position, though I did love it while I lasted. There was no training to be an RC. I really wish training existed so that people would understand what the role really entails. It’s obvious this weekend that this was not the case. The RCs that left are people that I worked with and that I respect. They care about their regions but had expectations of their role that were not met. In the future, the expectations need to be clearer so that future RCs know what they’re in for and what that job really is.

Karissa is 100% right about conference life, though. I felt like I did far more for quidditch as NCQC Commissioner than I did as West RC. It’s the quidditch thing I’m proudest of. If you want to make quidditch better, start local.

MT: The pliability of the position throughout the years gives me hope that we will be able to keep the regions without an RC afloat, but the hemorrhaging of volunteers as a concept is terrifying. While we look at the next few years our number one priority should always be to generate programs that can sustain themselves, but we have to create a better atmosphere for volunteers behind the scenes. 90% of the work happens beyond the pitch and that 90% needs to keep happening for the league to live on. The staff members, whether we like them or not need people to show up. However, it’s more than clear that work still needs to be done for many of the talented minds who could volunteer to think it’s worth it.

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Austin Pitts reffing during pool play @ MWRC 2016 | Ali Markus Photography

Resignations of Officials Teams members Austin Pitts & Jayke Archibald

BD: This makes me really sad, actually. In my opinion, Austin and Jayke are two of the best and most dedicated refs in our sport. However, I also think this is completely justified. Watching the finals, with — what I feel to be — less qualified officials on the field and knowing that Jayke Archibald and Austin Pitts were sitting on the sidelines spectating, I was disheartened by the decisions that were made. I can’t imagine how the more qualified officials watching felt.

Smythe: I don’t think I can fault a single volunteer for leaving after this year, especially not these two. Putting them on the sidelines for the finals was a terrible decision, and combining that will the rest of the dysfunction at Cup their decision looks completely reasonable, if not disappointing for the rest of us sticking around.

Sparks: This goes hand-in-hand with the RC resignations. Pitts and Archibald are two of the most highly respected officials in our sport, and are two people who know the rules better than just about anyone. Even more importantly, they understand how the rules can either inhibit or encourage the growth of the sport, which is something that very few people understand. This is a MASSIVE blow to the Officials Team, and one that I’m not sure USQ will be able to recover from, as it’s consistently shown that it falters when it comes to development.

AM: Every word USQ has ever uttered about improving the quality of refereeing or supporting officials in this aspect of the game now rings hollow, because we’re watching two people walk out the door who not only care deeply about improving reffing, but who use their time and skills to ACTUALLY IMPROVE REFFING. That’s more than most of this community can say, sanctioning body not excluded.

KK: If we could stop running the people who can teach the next generation what the fuck an illegal reset does and doesn’t look like right out the door, THAT’D BE GRAND.

SG: How long do I have to say this before someone starts to listen? How many people have to scream this, type it, tweet it, make a post about it in ATRs before someone on USQ’s staff thinks to themselves, “Huh. Maybe it’s a good idea to embrace our volunteers and encourage them to grow alongside us?” I dunno, man.

MT: These were absolutely two of the better refs in the game right now. My only thought words here are a prayer to St. Quidditch that we are able to find not just suitable (apparently I can’t spell) replacements for these gentlemen.

Being on snitch team this year has helped teach me the value of this team for both reffing and snitches. We need refs who have been out on the front lines and are being active to show us not only their expertise but their forward thinking. Ref team and snitch team not only keeps up the current state of both officials groups but pushes both roles to get better and advance. We need minds like Jayke’s and Austin’s pushing reffing forward.

USQ’s silence in the wake of the resignations

BD: How is this a surprise of any sort? The organization is being run poorly at this point, and they don’t think they owe anyone an explanation. The decision to suspend Utah State for “mocking” USQ is evidence of this; they just think they’re above reproach.

Smythe: *gasp* *shock* *astonishment* USQ remaining radio silent when all it needs to do is release a simple statement? Crazy talk. This is completely unlike them. I think every team should show up wearing gold medals to the next USQ event to reinforce how stupid that punishment was.

Sparks: Honestly, I think this is due mostly to USQ really not knowing how to handle the mass departure of some of its best volunteers. It really shows, in my opinion, that USQ was blindsided by the resignations, and was in no way prepared to deal with this sort of backlash.

AM: We’re talking about an organization that dissolved without notice the entire department of volunteers who were working to keep teams functioning and sustainable. I’m completely unsurprised that they have nothing to say about their most qualified manpower deciding that their efforts are worth more than USQ’s current appreciation.

USQ’s consistent weakness is its refusal to delegate. The tragedy in that is that they have an entire army of people who are passionate about this sport to do these things for free. Hopefully they’ll see that eventually. But I’m doubtful that without complete overhaul they will.

MT: REDACTED BY USQ

Quality of officiating at Cup

BD: Get outta here. There’s clearly an astronomical gap between good refs and bad refs in our sport. We’re still at a place where “forced” volunteer assistant refs either say NOTHING at all or, even worse, don’t pay any attention to bludger play. Beating is already an overly strong, borderline game-breaking, part of the sport. When it’s coupled by some teams having unrelenting autonomy to do as they please without repercussions, it makes the game nearly unwinnable. On top of that, silent assistant refs, especially in highly physical games, run the chance of causing serious injuries.

That’s IGNORING the Ball State-UNC incident.

Smythe: We need to get every quidditch player who understands how to project their voice to teach the rest of the ARs how to shout when on the pitch. We’re taught to play to the whistle, and if refs won’t scream “BEAT” when needed, then players will continue to ignore beats both because they won’t be punished for it and because they actually may not feel the bludger.

BD: Smythe has it on excellent authority that people—specifically rooster-looking beaters—will ignore beats.

Sparks:
 This one in particular REALLY got my blood boiling. Specific shoutout to Boise’s AR volunteers for the Baylor-UMD game on Day 1. I was LAR for this match, and, as requested by my HR, focused primarily on off-ball chaser play. The reffing from the Boise ARs was so atrocious that I had to abandon that portion of the game and focus strictly on bludger play, then focus on both bludger and snitch play once snitch was on pitch. Two referees trying to do the job of seven referees is inexcusable.

AM: You know what’s also inexcusable? Executive management being allowed to make on-pitch calls regarding incidents they did not witness. Actually, executive management being allowed to make on-pitch calls at all. You have a highly qualified gameplay department, comprised of people who have dedicated their quidditch careers to ensuring high-quality gameplay and officiating. Use them. Delegate. Stop pretending quidditch is yours and acknowledge that it’s ours. It’s asinine to let people who aren’t even watching the game make the final call on a play. Guess it’s not enough of a “conflict of interest” to matter.

MT: That first thing Bruce said. The gap is getting REALLY big. As a mid-tier ref just starting to get to the upper echelon of officials I had some of the best officals I’ve worked with that weekend and some of the absolute most frustrating.

My shoutouts from the weekend go to Chris Coleman for helping me get better as an SR, Ra Hopkins for my favorite game I’ve ever been on a crew for, Ryan Smythe for killing it when he was on my crew, and Applebee, Zakowske, and Mcgreggor for all being super cool to work with.

SG: Yes, Tooms! Chris Coleman is a seriously underappreciated ref, not to mention a fantastic human being.

Officiating/officials for the finals

BD: EL. OH. EL. Shouts to Amodol for being a very deserving Ref of the Year. That’s about as much as I’ll say.

Smythe: Yeah, Amodol is great. Always had good experiences serving on his crew/having him as the head ref for games I’m in.

MT: What’s worth noting, Bruce, is Amodol made the decisions on the finals crew. He gets to handpick the full crew up to the goal ref if he feels it is needed.

EB: I know that certain refs were unavailable for the final, so let’s not throw Amodol completely under the bus for this. It shouldn’t have happened, fine. That being said, I we’re all dancing around the fact that a referee with a cloud of controversy around them was put on that final. Nothing was proven, of course, but that was a massive unforced PR blunder (I work in marketing now; thinking about optics is a big part of my job) on USQ’s part to not only include him, but publicly honor him for his previous accomplishment. If he was the only choice for the final, fine. He’s Tier 1, he earned that. This is not a comment about his ability as an official. But did they tell everyone about Canto’s accomplishments? Ra and Martin being former Refs of the Month? No. How can anyone feel like they can speak out against someone they feel shouldn’t be a part of the community when the community seems just fine with that person’s continued involvement?

Community/college split—when is it going to happen and how?

BD: I’ve recently been brought to the side of supporting the split, in some aspects. I understand the need to separate, at National tournaments, storied college programs from new, overpowered, community teams. That said, Regionals and Cup should be the only places the split should be enforced. Anything more, like a full regular season split (at least at this stage of the sport) would cripple the future of USQ. Too many community teams, even overly strong ones, would die out because many only have college teams around them or one other local community team.

Smythe: I’m very much in favor of keeping the split to Regionals/Nationals and allowing teams to play who they want in between. There simply aren’t enough teams in a lot of areas for this to be reasonable – yeah, places like LA, Boston, and Texas will be fine, but there are so many areas where the only options are for community teams to play college teams. That being said, I would love to see the winner of the college bracket play the winner of the community bracket in Regionals and Nationals.

Sparks: It shouldn’t happen, but it’s going to. And community teams, should they continue at the rate that they’re going at, will slowly die out. Every year, we lose more comm teams than we gain, and every year, we see college grads opt to play for existing comm teams instead of trying to establish their own.

As of now, USQ has roughly 30 community teams around the country. Frankly speaking, this just isn’t enough to have a competitive league. There are several USQ regions that only house 1 community team, so what on earth are they supposed to do for their regional championship? Does every community team get an auto-bid to USQ Community National Championship? Why would teams pay comparatively exorbitant fees only to play a handful of the same teams over and over and over again? This doesn’t even begin to touch on the logistical side of actually running the split college and community championship tournaments, in which the league simply won’t have enough resources (monetarily, and volunteer-wise) to make it work.

AM: Are there really great community teams out there? Yes. Are there really great college teams out there? Yes. Are there terrible college teams out there? Guess what? YES. Are there terrible community teams out there? Guess what? ALSO YES.

As quidditch currently stands, there is a serious drop-off in the level of competitiveness among our teams. But that is not a problem only quidditch has ever faced. It’s not even a problem only sports have ever faced. Literally any activity has these differences in the level of execution—that’s why literally all other sports have divisions.

IndyCar did literally exactly this in the 90s. Tony George got upset about the high prices of competing in CART, which had been sanctioning American open-wheel racing since the early 80s after USAC disappointed its athletes and teams (sound familiar?) Anyway—Tony George broke away, told everyone it would be cheaper, and tried to hold the Indianapolis 500—the marquee event if the series—hostage by reserving 25 of the 33 spots on the starting grid for drivers in his newly-formed Indy Racing League (IRL). CART tried to make their US 500 in Michigan their big new event, but you can’t compete with Indy. And guess what happened? Popularity fell in droves. You cannot split like that and expect both to survive. If you talk about open-wheel racing in the US today, 9 out of 10 dentists will assume you’re a Formula One fan.

USQ is having a hard enough time running one league—do you truly believe that they can handle two? Let’s fix the way our rankings algorithm and seasonal gameplay allows for teams outside of the top 60 to play at Nationals while teams in the top 30 do not qualify. The fact that Texas State executed Consolation Cup before and better USQ did or could speaks volumes about both organizations.

But to answer the original question—when and how will the split happen—too soon, and poorly executed.

EB: This is a hill I will gladly die on. I’m going to use Cal Quidditch as my argument here because I am a biased NorCal homer. This is a team that went from the worst college team in NorCal in the World Cup 8 season to back-to-back Day 2 appearances in US Quidditch Cups 9 and 10. Both times, they were eliminated by all-star community teams, the Warriors and QCB. In the run up to both championships, they got better press and spread knowledge of the sport better than the Silicon Valley community teams that also went to nationals.

These kids are the future of the sport. Think about how much further they would have gone against the other college teams. Do you think the University of California’s club sports department cares that Cal Quidditch beat a team like the BosNYan Bearsharks? Do you think their alumni care? It was an exciting game for us in the quidditch world, but this is an insular world we’re talking about.

I’ve seen promising college quidditch players that I busted my ass to recruit get sucked into other club sports because they were tired of losing to community teams with players who have been in the sport since they were in middle school. Community teams that have basically had the same core for most of my time in quidditch. I’m on one of those teams now. The Skrewts had two rookies this year. I guarantee you that all the local colleges had more rookies than we did. My team is great when it comes to volunteering and helping run the sport, but we’re not exactly the best at recruiting non-college players.

College is where the sport grows. College teams bring in far more new players than community teams. It’s not even a question of skill. Texas State is an amazing program but there are more requirements upon them and other college teams (RIP RUQ) than community teams. I’ve loved not having to tell my college club sports department when I’m driving, where I’m staying, and whether or not I’m drinking.

Colleges are also the brands that non-quidditch people care about. I love being a Skrewt, but far more non-quidditch people care that I played for San Jose State University, a brand they recognize. What the hell is a Skrewt? My team still can’t agree about that.

Split regionals and nationals. That way teams can still get their regular season requirements done if they live in an area that isn’t overrun with teams. (What is that even like?) That way community teams that want to help their local college teams can do so without worrying about empowering their competition. I want to be the best Skrewt I can be but I also want SJSU players to be able to experience nationals before they graduate. There will be some gameplay fiddling to get it right, but I trust gameplay to do it.

KK: Everything Liz just said. The closest team to Knoxville’s developing quidditch scene is inTENNsity, a community team populated with people who’ve been playing together since the Golden Hippogriffs (RIP) were founded back in 2011. We get our butts handed to us on the regular when we play them. They’re such a cohesive unit at this point and have so much more experience than literally any one of us. Their program is twice as old as ours.

It sucks going up against teams like that at regional and national tournaments. You want to bring home victories over or close losses at the hands of big, recognizable universities. It’s great for recruiting and great for morale. Our team and our fans were so hype when we got to play Ball State at King in the North this season. When we lose to inTENNsity – while the name is killer and I’ll love it ’til I die – there’s no recognition. It’s less interesting than rolling back into Knoxville, Rocky Top blaring and recounting the harrowing tale of how we just barely fell to the Florida Gators (someday we will be victorious).

However, playing inTENNsity throughout the season has been crucial to our development. They’re great about picking out details of the game and talking to our coach and specific players after our matches to teach us and help us improve. They’ve been there for us like that since our first tryouts. If we had that taken away from us, the ability to play a team that cares deeply about our program’s success, we and Nox would be stranded out here playing each other and getting stuck in an insular little circle jerk of too-loose defense and incomplete passes.

I don’t know when or how the split’s going to happen, but I sure as hell hope it’s functional and it doesn’t isolate my program instead of boosting it.

A note from Marcus Toomey: Respectfully I feel it is important as both a writer for the site and a member of the on-site planning staff at Cup to clear this up. At no point was I involved in the scheduling of refs. My role was strictly to handle the scheduling of snitches. While I am a qualified ref I am not at the point where I can know cross country officials well enough to schedule them for a logistical undertaking such as Cup. I was not given any say on which refs were given any of the Day 1 or Day 2 games and I even had to advocate for myself on the same level as the Day 2 officials.

Furthermore, having reffed a Kansas game on Day 1. I take accusations of unprofessionalism very seriously. Having only interacted with Matt Dwyer during the game, I hope to eventually mend that bridge. I hate to leave anyone frustrated with my work as an official or a professional.

 

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