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Referees desperate to avoid credibility issues

Originally Published: July 23, 2007
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

NCAA officials are expecting a backlash and a potentially lasting blow to their credibility because of the allegations that NBA official Tim Donaghy made calls with the purpose of affecting point spreads the past two seasons.

ESPN.com contacted a handful of NCAA officials Sunday and found that they were distressed over the FBI's investigation into Donaghy while also fearing that the officiating profession has been irreparably harmed.

But Donaghy's case also ...

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