If a team takes a 30-second timeout before the mark, the break is transformed into a radio/TV 75-second timeout, yet the team is only charged for a 30.
Then the rule reverts.
If either team takes a full timeout (no mention of 30) following the first radio/TV timeout but before the 7-minute mark then the second radio/TV timeout vanishes.
Confusing, eh? And you should see the participants trying to keep it straight.
On Monday, I sat at the scorer's table for the West Liberty-UC game. Repeatedly assistant coaches and game officials visited to ask about timeouts.
At one point, Hilltoppers coach Jim Crutchfield (aka The Calmest Coach In The History of Man) asked a ref if a "media" timeout was coming. The ref nodded yes.
It did not. It had vanished. Crutchfield didn't get mad because, apparently, he does not get mad. But he certainly was frustrated. "He told me there was," Crutchfield calmly explained to another official.
It's craziness. The nice part is the maximum number of timeouts within the WVC is 16. There can be as few as 12.
But consider UC shot 55 free throws. West Liberty shot 24. Play was stopped more than speeding cars around Milton.
What's amusing is some WVC games have no radio (and almost always no television) stations broadcasting. Yet the breaks are still taken.
Thankfully, Monday's game was exciting. Overall, the night was a great experience for most attending Eddie King gym.
But as for interpreting that timeout policy? Well, understanding Stonehenge might be easier.
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