Ted Valentine won’t officiate in NCAA tourney, says it’s due to fallout from Joel Berry incident

Well-known NCAA referee Ted Valentine, who officiated the Final Four last season, will not be working NCAA tournament games this year — and he told ESPN it’s because of fallout from the incident in which he turned his back on North Carolina’s Joel Berry II during a game in January.

“This is not right, it’s just not fair,” Valentine told ESPN. “It hit me like a ton of bricks. I’m being punished unjustly.”

Valentine told ESPN he was informed by NCAA coordinator of officials J.D. Collins of the decision just prior to working the Wichita State-Houston AAC semifinal game on Saturday.