A bad night in Pinehurst

Forfeit stories from the olden days can be pretty amusing.

Unlike now when in-game forfeits occur seemingly mostly for fights or they’re determined afterwards for ineligible players, older forfeits are more fun and usually revolve around a hair-trigger decision by a coach.

On December 7, 1954, Butler head coach Mack Marchman pulled his boys team off the floor during a game in Pinehurst. The score was 14-9 at the time.

The Butler Herald from December 9 described the situation as, “Marchman apparently was dissatisfied with the referee’s decisions. Pinehurst scored all 14 of their points via the free foul shot route according to an observer.”

Arguably the toughest part for one Butler booster came minutes later.

“Mr. Alfred Robinson of Butler won the cake given as a door prize but returned it to the referee with a few kind words.”

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