Friday, November 09, 2018

[186] ‘MTSU On the Record’ blows the whistle on personal fouls in women’s hoops

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. –Some interesting statistics about officiating at college basketball games will be the topic of the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Andrew Dix, an assistant professor of communication studies, will air from 9:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, and from 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and

Dix’s study, which was published in the Howard Journal of Communications, found that women basketball players at historically black colleges and universities were called for personal fouls more often than women basketball players at predominantly white institutions from 2008 through 2017.

Using NCAA statistics, Dix revealed that the five most penalized Division I women’s teams during that period were all HBCUs, even though such schools represent less than 7 percent of the field. They are, from number one to number five, Alabama State, Alcorn State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Tennessee State and Southern University.

Dix’s report takes note of the dominance of white males among NCAA President Mark Emmert’s executive advisors.

“In contrast, the least represented demographic on his executive team is that of African-American females,” Dix said. “There is some literature out there that would suggest that those who are in the positions of power influence the way the game is played in terms of the micro-level rules structure that’s being enforced by the referees.”

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to

For more information about the radio program, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800. 

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