Mark Whitehead of Denham Springs Among 10 Final Four Officials

Mark Whitehead has worked the 1999 and 2011 Men's Final Fours previously.Mark Whitehead has worked the 1999 and 2011 Men's Final Fours previously.

NEW ORLEANS --- The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee has approved 10 game officials recommended by John W. Adams, the national coordinator of officiating, to work Saturday's two national semifinal games and Monday's national championship game. A three-man crew will work each Final Four game, while one official will serve as the standby official for all three contests.

The NCAA has notified these 10 individuals selected to work the 2012 Final Four, which will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans:

• Pat Adams, Mobile, Ala.;

• Roger Ayers, Roanoke, Va.;

• Joe DeRosa, North Canton, Ohio;

• Tom Eades, Central City, Ky.;

• Verne Harris, Denver, Colo.;

• Les Jones, Chesapeake, Va.;

• Jamie Luckie, Charlotte, N.C.;

• Doug Shows, Rome, Ga.;

• Mike Stuart, Maryville, Tenn.; and

• Mark Whitehead, Denham Springs, La.

"Much like the four teams that have advanced to the Final Four, these 10 men were selected to work this tournament based on the evaluation of their performance during the regular season, and all of them have performed exceptionally to earn their spot on the crews that will officiate in college basketball's showcase event," said Adams. "These officials had to advance to this point by consistently getting the calls correct and enforcing rules and decorum. They're the best of the best."

Nearly every official has recent experience calling Final Four games. Jones was selected for the fourth consecutive year, while Luckie is on a crew for the third straight Final Four and Stuart is calling a Final Four game for the third time in four years. Eades was selected for the third time in five years, while Shows, Harris and Whitehead are back for a second consecutive year and Adams will work a Final Four game for the second time in three years. Meanwhile, DeRosa, a veteran of eight NBA Finals, will call his first Final Four this weekend.

Saturday's first semifinal features South Regional champion and overall No. 1 seed Kentucky facing rival Louisville, the No. 4 seed and champion from the West Regional. Tipoff is set for 5:09 p.m. CST. The second game, which will begin 40 minutes after the conclusion of the first game, pits East Regional champion Ohio State against Midwest Regional champion Kansas. Both teams were seeded second in their respective regions, knocking off the top-seeded teams to win their regional title games.

The officials assigned to each semifinal will be announced Saturday morning, while those assigned to the national championship game, which is scheduled to start at 8:23 CST Monday night, will be made public Monday morning.

 
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