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Calling an NCAA game, as an amateur

College basketball officials must balance real jobs, family amid part-time duties

Updated: September 20, 2010, 1:37 PM ET
By Mark Fainaru-Wada | ESPN.com

DUNCANVILLE, Texas -- It's a good 690 miles from Princeton, Ky., to Duncanville -- a relatively straight, if not always visually appetizing drive that takes you southwest through Memphis, Tenn.; Little Rock, Ark.; and Texarkana, Texas, then on through downtown Dallas before you finally come to a stop on the outskirts of Big D. It's about a 10½-hour trek without stopping, but, of course, you have to stop at some point, at least for bathroom breaks and food.

The four grown men ...

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