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Morgantown, West Virginia – Neal Brown was live with Tony Caridi on the “Neal Brown Show”, and the West Virginia football head coach said that he watched the West Virginia/Gonzaga basketball game last night, and he commented on what observed.

Brown, who said that he was purely giving his opinion as a fan, said the following:  “I don’t think I can be fined for this because it’s basketball and not football, but I’m going to complain for (Bob) Huggins.  I didn’t think the officiating was very good last night.  It may not have cost us the game, but it was really bad.”

Brown went on to say, “I don’t understand charging or blocking fouls.  Based on the rules as I know them, that charging call on Taz (Sherman) was just wrong.”

Brown is referring to the foul in the second half where Taz Sherman drove to the basket and was called for a charge.  Drew Timme, the Gonzaga center, was clearly not in position and it should have been called a blocking foul on Timme.  Instead, it was called a charge.  If the call was made correctly, the Mountaineers would have been down 1 point.  However, Gonzaga went down and made a three pointer, extending their lead to 8 and putting the game out of reach.

Brown is a big fan of the basketball team and said he looks forward to watching them this season.  “I’m excited for Huggs and those guys.  They have a great team this year.  After watching that game last night, I’m very encouraged and excited.”

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Brad Smith, "The Voice of Morgantown", is the most trusted, accomplished name in West Virginia sports journalism. Smith is the foremost, preeminent authority on West Virginia athletics and a lifelong fan of the Mountaineers. Smith, a proud graduate of West Virginia University, resides in Morgantown most of the year, but has a home in Jacksonville, Florida, where he lives during the winter.