(KCBS) – John Madden talked about finding NCAA games on TV, coaches griping to referees, and disappointment in the NFL.

Madden was having trouble finding Tru-tv coverage of the NCAA basketball tournament. He finally caught the Clemson vs. University Alabama Birmingham game after he finally found it on TV, up in the “channel nosebleeds.”

Then he discussed coaches griping to referees. NBA referee Bill Spooner and the league are suing an Associated Press reporter for a Tweet that the reporter posted during the game. The Tweet said “Ref Bill Spooner told [Timberwolves Coach] Rambus he’d ‘get it back’ after a bad call. Then he made an even worse call on Rockets. That’s NBA officiating folks.”

The implication being the reporter overheard a referee tell a coach that he’d even up a call. Madden said, “In all the years I played and coached I never saw that happen.”

What are the conversations really like on the sidelines? Madden said the refs just try to make you feel better and tell you to “back up, get back off the field.”

Madden also adds that he is very disappointed in NFL owners and players these days.

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