Gene Steratore serves as the rules analyst for CBS football broadcasts, and he’s continuing in that role for CBS and Turner’s March Madness coverage. This is a logical move, as in addition to Steratore’s decade-plus experience as an NFL referee, he also officiated men’s college basketball games, working in the Big Ten and other leagues and officiating in the NCAA tournament.
Steratore has also been a heavy presence today thanks to college basketball’s many, many replay reviews. He’s been solid overall, too, explaining things quickly and clearly, without being afraid to disagree with the in-game officials.
Some viewers tuning in for March Madness, though, apparently only knew Steratore as an NFL guy, a perhaps predictable situation that led to some amusing tweets.
What the fuck does Gene Steratore know about college basketball rules?
— kevin Himes (@kevinHimes8) March 21, 2019
Not sure Gene Steratore is an authority on basketball refereeing….
— NOLA JT (@NOLA_JT) March 22, 2019
@dividedsky05 @lifewolaundry can we also talk about how ridiculous it is
that in the CBS coverage of Seton Hall / Wofford, their rules analyst is former National FOOTBALL League referee Gene Steratore
— AJ Cufone (@AJCufone) March 22, 2019
— Ben Goodwin (@BenGoodwin241) March 21, 2019
Am I tripping or is Gene Steratore a former NFL referee talking about rules for basketball? #MarchMadness2019
— Andrew Golden (@andrewcgolden) March 21, 2019
Former NFL referee Gene Steratore is doing college hoops rules analysis?
— Paul Charchian (@PaulCharchian) March 21, 2019
Rodger, as someone who loudly pronounced to a half full bar "why the fuck did they just go to Steratore?!"…thank you
— My Team Finally Has an Allstar (@abt05c) March 21, 2019
As for his work itself, it drew mostly positive reviews from an admittedly small Twitter sampling:
Gene Steratore is the Bo Jackson of Rules Analyses #MarchMadness2019
— Michael Mykyta (@MichaelMykyta) March 22, 2019
Although the length of the day (and, again, the way college basketball’s constant reliance on replay reviews demanded his omnipresence) did seem to wear on Steratore:
Is Gene Steratore okay? Did he take an ambien too early or something?
— doctorgc (@DoctorGC) March 22, 2019
Gene Steratore is gassed
— J RY 5 (@FlystGuyInDaChi) March 22, 2019
Steratore better rest up as he has a long day again tomorrow ahead of a full weekend. He’ll be working across all the networks until the Final Four, when he’ll be on-site in Minneapolis to work with Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, and Bill Raftery. And if today’s games (and really, the entirety of the college basketball season) are anything to go by, we’ll be hearing a lot more of Steratore while we watch the same replays over and over again.