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Division I Men's Basketball Championship First & Second Rounds
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National Collegiate Athletic Association. Division I Men's Basketball Championship First & Second Rounds - Page 53. March 15 and 17, 1990. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 30, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/champ/item/1144/show/1036.

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National Collegiate Athletic Association. (March 15 and 17, 1990). Division I Men's Basketball Championship First & Second Rounds - Page 53. University of Houston Sports Championship Publications. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/champ/item/1144/show/1036

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Title Division I Men's Basketball Championship First & Second Rounds
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  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
Publisher National Collegiate Athletic Association
Date March 15 and 17, 1990
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  • Basketball
  • College sports
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  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
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  • Knoxville, Tennessee
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Language English
Physical Description 166 page document with half-page insert
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Original Item Location ID 2009-006, Box 7, Folder 7
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Transcript During a game, Ballesteros is always looking to get the "best angles, absolutely. Are you kidding? "I've come close a couple of times," Ballesteros said, "and I wouldn't be telling the truth if I said it didn't bother me when I didn't get taken. But the thing is, the game's the getoff for me, and when I have a setback like that, that's what I keep in mind." Ballesteros is 49 now, and been a Pacific- 10 Conference official for the last 15. That is after 11 years of learning the rudiments of the craft, "and it is a craft," he said. "There's a great deal of satisfaction of knowing that I can work at this level, that I'm among the top one percent of the people in the field. That makes me feel good." As it should, given the fact that Ballesteros did not immediately gravitate to the craft. Rather, it was as a grammar school athletics director that he stumbled into the calling. "It was a dead accident," he said. "We're at St. Paul of the Shipwreck (a Catholic church just north of Candlestick Park in San Francisco), and the officials don't show. The kids are all prepped to go, and I didn't want to tell them the game was off, so I went to the other coach and said, 'Why don't you work one end and I work the other?' "So I got out there and did it, and when the game's over, a guy comes up to me and says, 'You ever think about doing this professionally?' I said, 'Do you get paid?' He said yes, and I said, 'Where do I sign?' " That began what is really a million sto ries about how people get involved in officiating. The difference for Ballesteros was his single-mindedness. He worked every game he could get his hands on; "I'd work 30 in a week, and if I didn't call on Sunday night for the next week's schedule, I was devastated." There was not that much devastation in Ballesteros' early career. At 5-7, he was convinced he would have to work harder than anyone else just to stay even, so he worked twice as hard as that. That meant working every rec league he could reach with his car, and working every night and all day Saturdays and Sundays. How he managed to find time to get married and begin a family with such a schedule remains a great surprise to his contemporaries. "I had little man's syndrome," he said. "I felt I had to be three times better than anyone else, so I'd work every chance I got, and I ran more than anyone else. I told myself that other guys might have more talent than me, but I wouldn't be outworked." "That's when you realize how much is involved in becoming a good official. A lot of guys can blow the whistle, but there's a lot more to it than just making the right call." Richie Ballesteros It was that drive that got him into the Pac- 10 freshman program in 1975 and eventually into the varsity program. Not that he slowed down the rest of his schedule, mind you. He still could fill in his Division I schedule with games from the PCAA (now Big West) and WCAC (now West Coast Conference), Division II and junior college games on his off nights, and when his schedule would permit (that is, whenever he had a spare moment), a high school game. Naturally, he got seen. First, Frank Mclntyre, the Pac-10 supervisor of officials saw him, and he liked most of what he saw. "You hear about guys all the time," Mclntyre said. "You get recommendations from people, and if you hear about a guy enough times, you go and see him. What I saw when I went to watch Richie was a guy who worked his tail off and had good judgment. He was a little rough, but I knew he'd be a good one." He was, but that part about "a little 52