As a follow up to yesterday’s article on Larry Sintz who is being inducted into the Indiana Refereeing Hall of Fame, memories of a fellow Hall of Famer came to mind. I am speaking of Roy Gardner of Batesville who was inducted many years ago for his outstanding career in refereeing. Before Roy’s untimely death in the late 70’s, he was one of the Big Ten’s featured referees. Roy, like most referees, started his career as a high school official. He worked several state finals before moving on to the college level.
Roy’s style of refereeing was a no-nonsense approach. Roy was always in charge, and as a coach, you learned this very early. If you let him do his job, he would let you coach. If you tried to referee for him, he did not hesitate putting you in your place. If Roy were officiating today, I am sure he would be very happy collecting the money that is now available to college officials. I understand that besides their normal fee, they get a very healthy amount for travel and lodging if required. Of course, in Roy’s day few facilities could seat 40,000 fans like they do today. Roy was always a great mentor to me–as his math student in high school and later as a fellow teacher.