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I agree. I've got nothing.  The hand wiping on the pant leg before coming set is awkward, but not a visible violation.  Ballsy call in this type of situation and very surprising a 4-man crew in a Regional Final does not get together on this one.  

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3 hours ago, humanbackstop19 said:

very surprising a 4-man crew in a Regional Final does not get together on this one

I'm not sure it is surprising. U3 evidently had enough to rule a balk. What would the discussion be, "are you sure?" That's not a reason to get together. Umpires at this level know what NCAA wants balked, so there's no rule/interpretation issue, and there's no point discussing judgment.

2 hours ago, noumpere said:

Maybe he didn't clear the rubber when stepping off

Maybe, but that's awfully tight. If NCAA guidance on borderline F1 actions is the same as OBR, we'd consider advantage/disadvantage to rule on it. There's no disadvantage here.

The camera angles provided don't show the kind of obvious act we'd expect to be balked in such a situation. U3 must have something from his angle that we can't see. I'm 100% he didn't make this up.

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Man, I gotta be honest, even looking for the front leg moving at 1:07, I don't see squat. Is it because he wiped his pitching hand on his pants then went straight to the ball just before comes set (and all before he steps off)?

I just don't see anything here.

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The only thing I can find is a possible twitch/flinch in the hands at :11-12 that perhaps is more visible to the calling ump than anyone, particularly live. Video is a bit distant for us. Could've been very clear to him, while not even visible to his partners. 

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4 hours ago, kstrunk said:

@maven, that's disgusting! 

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4 hours ago, kstrunk said:

@maven, that's disgusting! 

You kidding?

This is no where near the worst thing they have done on this show.

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I asked Brad about this in December, but I honestly can't remember what he said.  How helpful is that?  

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