Indiana coach Tom Crean was expressed criticism to referees after his team's loss to Wichita State on Friday.
Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star reported that Crean voiced his frustration to Kissinger before shaking hands with the Wichita State players and coaches. "When this game was over Crean didn’t walk immediately toward the Shockers’ sideline," Doyel wrote. "He walked toward one referee and told him, right in front of me, 'You suck.'"
Dirk Chatelain of Omaha.com also recorded the exchange.
As the horn sounded, Tom Crean looked at official Kipp Kissinger (Nebraska native) across the floor and said, "You suck."— Dirk Chatelain (@dirkchatelain) March 20, 2015
Kissinger works mainly with the Big 12 and Missouri Valley conferences; Wichita State is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference and was its regular season champion. According to Matt Norlander at CBSSports.com, Kissinger has been a college referee since 1997, and this season was ranked by BBState.com as 720th out of 817 officials in terms of fouls called.
Wichita State will to face No. 2 Kansas on Sunday for a chance to advance to the Sweet 16.