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Published: Tuesday, March 25 2008 12:40 a.m. MDT

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fcbenjamin

Greg has always been one to stand up for his team, and he has rarely been shy about talking to referees, during or after the meet, in the past. It's good to see he retains that passion (and seems to have it more under control) that makes him the best women's gymnastics coach in the country (sorry, Suzanne). As a former decades-long season ticket holder (I moved back to native central New York), I could tell you tales of his tete-a-tetes with referees in years long past.

Coach

I coached at the U in another sport for 6 years. I know Greg Marsden. No one in gymnastics in the NCAA knows the rules better than he, and even referees will pay attention if he notices something. He is a fighter for his team, but beyond that he is also a fighter for his sport. He is passionate about making gymnastics even greater, and making sure it's fair and avoiding the points scandals of figure skating is one of the things he can do. There is no greater advocate for gymnastics, and Utah is fortunate to have him. Let's hope for another 20 years to add to the 30 he already has. And let's hope for a national championship, which we haven't had in far too long!

I'm curious....

what are the backgrounds of the referees judging gymnastics competitions? They better be all former gymnasts themselves, are they?

Anonymous

How funny that for the gymnastics program it's ok to whine about officiating, but not in other sports. Boylen does it and gets accused of being a crybaby. ute fans rip on other programs for complaining, but now it's ok because it deals with the red rocks.

Re Anonymous

Perhaps you should read the article! Greg knows the rules better than most judges because he has been in it longer than anyone else. He stated in the article that the judges listened to him and they went on with the compition. He is an advocate for "GYMNASTICS" not just Utah gymnastics.

Anonymous

The background on judges is that they have to pass a test. That's it. Most are former gymnasts or coaches, but some were parents of gymnasts. There are levels the judges must progress through to get to the level of judging NCAA.

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