NCAA basketball official Ed Hightower announces retirement after 2013-14 season
Legendary college basketball referee Ed Hightower told a Michigan State radio program Tuesday that he is retiring after the 2013-14 season, according to a tweet from the program's host:
BREAKING NEWS: CBB ICON/Official Dr. Ed Hightower said on Spartan Nation Radio moments ago he is retiring during the 2013-2014 season!— Hondo Carpenter (@HondoCarpenter) June 4, 2013
Hightower has always been known to have a flair for the dramatic -- even when no drama exists. His theatrical foul calls came frequently; his crews called more fouls than most, though his number of calls has dropped slightly in recent seasons. As he has entered his late 50s, Hightower has called fewer games and stayed closer to his southern Illinois home. As he told Spartan Nation last month:
I've been around a long time. So I realize I don't run as fast as I used to, I realize that my time is getting near, I'm gonna fade away. But the moment that I stop being able to enjoy the game and make a contribution toward the betterment of the game, then I wanna walk away.
Hightower holds three degrees from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a doctorate in education from St. Louis University. He is the superintendent at Edwardsville District Seven Schools.