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Professor’s research blows whistle on personal fou...

Professor’s research blows whistle on personal fouls in women’s hoops on ‘MTSU On the Record’

Some interesting statistics about officiating at college basketball games was the topic of a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Dr. Andrew Dix, assistant professor, Department of Communication Studies

Dr. Andrew Dix

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Andrew Dix, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies, first aired Nov. 6 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and You can listen to their conversation above.

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 were, from No. 1 to No. 5, Alabama State, Alcorn State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Tennessee State and Southern University.

WMOT Roots Radio-new logo-2017 web Dix’s report takes note of the dominance of white males among NCAA President Mark Emmert’s executive advisers.

“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.”

You can read Dix’s research here.

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For more information about “MTSU On the Record,” contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.