As you can imagine, being selected as a referee for a Division II
National Championship game is an accomplishment and honor. The
officiant evaluation process is long and rigorous. In theory, those
selected as an “Elite 8” referee are chosen based on their overall
performance throughout the season; that is, the “best” officials
advance to the National Championship game. But as I have witnessed
and experienced, not only in basketball; but, throughout my life—this
isn’t how things always play out.