Time for conferences to get out of the officiating business

 

 

 

On most weeks, it is fun to be Rogers Redding. The professorial Redding received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Georgia Tech and then earned his Ph.d. in Physical Chemistry from Vanderbilt. At several institutions, Redding was the chemistry professor that everyone wanted because he could take the complex and make it understandable.

 

Redding, it turns out, didn’t know what complex really was until he became the SEC supervisor of football officials in 2006. And he never really knew there could be a three-week stretch like this, where he has been called everything but, as our friend Neal Boortz would say, a child of God.

 

“It’s been interesting, to say the very least,” said Redding.

 

The SEC, much to its chagrin, has been put front and center over an increasingly loud discussion over football officiating. In three of the last four Saturdays a big call in a nationally-televised SEC game has sparked controversy that resulted in suspension of officials, reprimands of coaches, and charges from fans of conspiracy theories that would make the members of the Grassy Knoll Society blush.

 

In the past two weeks SEC Commissioner Mike Slive has had to reprimand three coaches—Arkansas’ Bobby Petrino, Tennessee’s Lane Kiffin, and Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen—for complaining publicly about officiating calls. The first couple of reprimands are public with no real teeth. Kiffin was sent notice on Monday that his two strikes are up. The third time could result in penalties and one of those potential penalties is suspension.

 

The latest two calls to spark debate came last Saturday:

**–With Florida up 23-13 in the fourth quarter at Mississippi State, Gator linebacker Dustin Doe returned an interception 23 yards for an apparent touchdown. TV replays indicated that the ball may have been stripped before Doe crossed the goal line. After reviewing the play, the call stood. Mullen went nuts after seeing his own video and said that the replay official should be punished.

 

On Monday Mullen received a reprimand from Slive.

 

The rules say that “conclusive video evidence” must be present to overturn the ruling on the field. After reviewing the call on Monday, Rogers said such evidence did not exist.

 

“The default position is that the call on the field stands unless there is conclusive, indisputable evidence that it is wrong,” Redding said. “It wasn’t there.”

 

Based on some still screen pictures that are out there, Mississippi State fans would disagree.

 

The other call came at the end of the Tennessee-Alabama game. Alabama’s Terrence Cody blocked a Tennessee field goal as time expired and in the wild celebration that followed the big guy took off his helmet. Gary Danielson, who covered the game for CBS, wondered if it should have been an unsportsmanlike violation because it happened while the ball was still live. Kiffin was convinced that it was and said publicly that the refs had missed it.

 

Well, the refs didn’t miss it. The way the rule is written, even if a penalty had been called (which it shouldn’t be in that situation), it would have been marked off on the next play and not the previous play. The ball belonged to Alabama after the blocked kick.

 

“That’s a case where the rule is pretty clear,” said Redding. “Even if there had been time left on the clock, the ball would have belonged to Alabama. And if a penalty had been called, it would still be Alabama’s ball after the penalty was enforced.”

 

Fans look at these calls and the ones in the Georgia-LSU game and the Florida-Arkansas game (where the crew was eventually suspended) that the SEC had to admit were wrong and wonder: What the heck is going on here?  So if you’re keeping score at home, that’s three coaches and one officiating crew who have been punished.

 

“What we have to realize is that these things are so important to our fans and they care deeply,” Redding said. “We review everything that needs to be reviewed and when action needs to be taken, we take it. Our guys work extremely hard at this and take a lot of pride in it.”

 

Slive said he backs Redding and his officials.

 

“We have the best conference in college football because we have the best players, the best coaches and easily the best fans,” Slive said. “We take our responsibility seriously and we’re going to do what we have to do maintain the highest standards.”

 

I do have one suggestion as we move forward. One of the most popular conspiracy theories is that the officials are “looking out” for Florida and Alabama because they are 1-2 in the polls and seem destined to meet in the SEC championship game. I’m not going to spend any time writing about how silly that is, but we’re probably reaching the stage where it’s time to take that idea off the table.

 

It seems to me that it’s time for the conferences—all of them—to get out of the officiating business. Let’s have officials assigned on a national basis so that they are not identified with one conference, who is technically their employer. It certainly wouldn’t solve all the problems because officials are human beings and human beings are going to make mistakes. But it would take away one argument from those who see a massive conspiracy behind every missed call. That, in and of itself, would be a welcomed change.

 

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THE REAL Reality Check

October 27th, 2009
10:03 am

Here’s an idea. Get rid of the Excessive Celebration penalty.
These issues should be handled by the players.

Got 12?

October 27th, 2009
10:06 am

Tory,

What was the bad call in the Bama/UT game?

Go Dawgs

October 27th, 2009
10:06 am

At least Kiffin stands up for something that is not right….so do the ARK and Missy coaches. Who cares what Mike the Commish says…his actions and his officials are a joke. Hopefully the NCAA will investigate this crap. If all the coaches (except of course, Mike’s buddies Urban and Nick) would stand up and say enough is enough, it would not matter what Mike thinks-

Thanks Chop Chop.

October 27th, 2009
10:07 am

Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to push for Gov’t control of over all officiating in all conferences. We cannot take anything for granted. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be put in charge taking Slive place.
They are confident they can stop making major mistakes and miscalculations by working hand in hand with the Pres. and his take control agenda. What a illusion of justice ……… just a opinion.

dawgster

October 27th, 2009
10:07 am

Coach Richt does not bash the officials calls publically as some coaches do, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t voice his opinion, he does, but he does it the right way, if he voices it publically everyone will just say that he’s being a crybaby, i don’t believe i have heard Coach Richt blame a missed call on the officials, that doesn’t mean that he has not felt that way, but he addresses it in other ways that doesn’t embarrass UGA..Just a matter of time for Kiffin

Logical Call

October 27th, 2009
10:08 am

The wording of the “review” should be changed. The wording should be more like… “The play should be overturned to the likeliest video evidence” instead of having to conclusively prove a call wrong to over turn it. The most blatant evidence I have seen of a play that was obviously wrong was the fumble by VT against GT about three or four years ago (It is on YouTube) where the VT player fumbled on the five into the endzone and GT landed on it. The call was touchdown VT and the replay official did not over turn the call because of the wording of the rule. Shoot I am a diehard DAWG fan and even I was stunned that play stood. But hey…I did get several good jabs at my GT friends over it. LOL

mightyKC

October 27th, 2009
10:08 am

two points:

1) why is nobody smart enough to understand that the split screen replay that dan mullen watched “all night” on sportscenter WAS NOT AVAILABLE TO THE REPLAY OFFICIAL?! i will agree that the guy on the field maybe should have caught it, however, although even then it was close. doe was swinging his arm back and forth, so that made it more difficult. also, i wouldn’t exactly call what he did “high steppping”…this was not deion sanders, c’mon guys.

2) FL fans laugh at all this penalty conspiracy stuff. UF, ever since they became a dominant team in the 90s, as been the most penalized team in the SEC. in fact, they probably have led the league in 90% of the years since 1990, and if it wasn’t for the dopey mutts the last few years, UF would have probably led those years, too. don’t try to tell a team that suffered the swindle in the swamp vs. FSU that the refs cheat for them. it’s laughable.

Right BamaFan........

October 27th, 2009
10:09 am

WrongBama Fan is wrong. It was a live ball foul. All unsportman like penalteys are enforsed as a dead ball foul. So it would have be after we recovered the fumble. Alabama ball, backup 15, time expired, ,since we are on offense game over. You need to read the rules son.

Why do you think when players highstep into the endzone and get the penalty it is enforsed on the kick-off. Because it is dead ball. Congrats, you made Barhart look smart and that is hard to do.

panhandlebuzz

October 27th, 2009
10:09 am

Can you say full-time officials. There, sure, I knew you could. Since, referees are just as important to the college football landscape, as say, assistant coaches, lets pay them in the $100,000-$300,000 pay area, base upon experience. Also, there should be strict physical requirements too, some look like they haven’t missed too many meals since they graduated from college.

robodawg

October 27th, 2009
10:10 am

Cody’s helmet, by the rules, would’ve made no difference in the outcome of the game. But in Florida’s case, it was pretty obvious on the video that the ball was fumbled before crossing the goal line.

And I would like to see, just once, Florida or Bama flagged for flagrant showboating.

I don’t think it’s a real conspiracy or any fix, but I believe human subjectivity does come into play. Teams ranked No. 1 or 2, with a superstar behind center or with the likes of Saban stalking the sidelines, are going to catch some breaks from the officiating crews. Just like Michael Jordan or the Yankees’ pinstripes always did. Getting conferences out of officiating would remove the appearance of a conflict of interest, but I don’t think it would really improve the officiating.

Logical Call

October 27th, 2009
10:12 am

Larry

October 27th, 2009
10:14 am

Add the Auburn/LSU game and the mystery chop block call on Auburn on a running play on LSU’s three-yard-line. It negated an Auburn touchdown and brought LSU to life. Those refs’ stripes must have been purple and gold.

Vols_1

October 27th, 2009
10:17 am

The Tennessee complaint is that 10 penalties were called against the third least penalized team in the country (UT) compared to one against the home team. Anyone who watched the game knows that there should not have been that kind of disparity. Let’s see how the Dawg fans respond if Georgia plays a close game and gets the “SEC treatment” against Florida this weekend. Of course, Richt won’t say anything because he never does.

Lash La Rue

October 27th, 2009
10:21 am

Richt does say something, he just does it in the right way, Agree UGA will have a tough time in Jax with the strips.

Jon

October 27th, 2009
10:22 am

Watch. When fla plays FIU and is up 35-3, the sec will tell the refs to make a bad call against fla to say see it’s not always in their favor.

They will do the same thing when bama plays chattanooga.

My god, talk about a pathetic schedule. And these teams are 1 and 2. Look at this joke. Isn’t it funny they both have FIU.

Fla
Charleston S
Troy
FIU

Bama
FIU
North Texas
Chattanooga

Jake

October 27th, 2009
10:23 am

I feel any coach in the SEC should be able to express thier thoughts on calls after he reviews the film and get the facts. If one of their kids gets a bad call then the coach should be able to stand up for him and his team. I understand that the SEC officals reviews films themselves and grades themselves after each game. They do get most, not all, of their calls correctly.

dawgster

October 27th, 2009
10:24 am

To Vols_1, the dawg fans probably would be, at least i would be complaining outloud also, the point is that Coach Richt handles it with a lot of class and doesn’t publicly bash the officials…do i think he should at times, maybe, but thats not his personality…i truly believe Kiffin will land your team eventually on proabation, especially if he continues to stir the pot with some of his actions and quotes..just my opinion…

YoungDawg

October 27th, 2009
10:24 am

Tony,

You’re right! This should have been done long ago! But we should have a playoff long ago too so this might not ever happen either. In reality the officiating should be done nationally (by the NCAA or a independent referee association) for all the D1 sports.

senoiadawgs

October 27th, 2009
10:25 am

Yep the way CMR has been handling the officials has been real effective and produced results. What has or ranking been with penalties since UF 2007? Pretty much LAST. That is a real good way to handle the problem that 95% of UGA fans feel the officials have with our team. The sheer number of penalties called against UGA is what is embarrassing to the university.

Hal

October 27th, 2009
10:27 am

Ok Brad… me and you gotta talk! lol

1) I’m not a UGA conspiracy theorist. Never had said it until this posting by TB. I simply say there is too much going against everyone else and not enough of EXACTLY the same type calls that UF & Bama are getting away with. I also hold that celebration should NEVER be a penalty unless a player visibly and irrefutably mocks a member of the other team either on the field or sideline. What is going on at least warrants the conversation and the SEC should step in a correct this.

2) UF/MISS, yes UF was up 23-13 when the “fumble not a fumble” occurred but being blinded by your orange and blue you fail to realize that the TD sealed the game v/s Miss St gets the ball back, 1st and 10 on the 20 after the touchback, and the game is still 23-13 with a chance to get with in 3. Now, I don’t think anyone is stupid enough to publicly post that MISS St would have scored the other 3 and tied or even won the game in that time remaining, but we did say… the refs made sure that wasn’t a chance.

UF/AR… Who cares what down it happened on? A free 15 just a couple plays (going off a 2 week old memory here, trust you’ll correct me if I’m wrong)after a ghostly pass interference call on Arky that didn’t happen and a missed OFFENSIVE pass int call that was conveniently “missed” when Cooper spun the DB around right in front of the ref on the go ahead drive. You had 30 yards and two free sets of downs on ghost calls, and a get out of jail free card on Cooper’s TD catch.

Don’t say they didn’t effect the game or the outcome, they most certainly did. If they hadn’t the crew wouldn’t have gotten the first suspension ever handed out by the SEC.

Again Brad… I’m not saying it’s a real conspiracy. I am saying if I were Slive or Redding and ran this company, I would run like a scalded dog from any appearance thereof and NOT defend these cooks day after day. The SEC is ABSOLUTELY 100% better when UGA, UT, LSU, BAMA, UF, Auburn, among others is strong. They would be out of their mind stupid to run us down so that 2 may succeed. UGA has consistently the most revenue of any program in the country and just signed the largest media deal ever, of course they want us good. Which is why they have got to take the steps to fix this.

Gen Neyland

October 27th, 2009
10:27 am

DP : To single out Kiffin on complaining of calls only puts him in a catagory with many other coaches and thousands of fans. Also, if you study his range of complaints over the season (and you should before locking in on one call to make an errant point), they don’t begin and end with the one FG block. I do believe the issue at hand is blown calls and non-calls and we’re all getting fed up to a degree…

At the UT-UGA game, me and 100,000 friends witnessed one UGA OL 10-15 yards downfield blocking, not running a route, blocking on a Georgia pass play in front of the Tennessee bench and the Field or Side judge, as Cox was behind the LOS looking downfield to pass. Kiffin and Assts were pointing the OL out to the ref and the ref ignored the bench and stayed focused elsewhere. The yellow flag was MIA on a call so obvious. The OLman was not announced eligible prior to the snap. Poor overall officiating is the root cause for coaches and when they’ve seen enough, they’ve seen enough. He11, we’re still hearing UGA’s fanbase complain over Green’s ‘celebration’ flag. Ain’t that right, Mr College Football..? A call The Dooley thinks is necessary but is so dam hard to determine what constitutes a celebration, 85 guys dancing in the endzone notwithstanding…So in essence, I guess you’re happy with the play of the Zebra this year..?

Hey, RightBamaFan...

October 27th, 2009
10:28 am

…how many times do I have to apologize? I already acknowledged that I did not know that ALL unsportsmanlike penalties were DEAD BALL fouls and apologized to Hal & Nodoginthefight. But, thanks again for clarifying the rule (along with Hal, Nodoginthefight, and Football Official).

But, who is “Barhart”, and IF he had explained the rule initially in his feeble attempt to sniff up to Redding I would not have made a fool of myself!

GMan

October 27th, 2009
10:29 am

I think the government should take control of the officiating and regulate it. C’mon Tony, the bottom line is that fans and reporters (you included) will continue to scrutinize anything and everything. You should never let the game get to a point where a player, coach, or referee decides the outcome of a game on one play.

Joe

October 27th, 2009
10:29 am

mightykc
it isn’t about who is most least penalized. it is the shady calls when video evidence overwhelmingly says the opposite.

even the announcers in the games said the calls were bs.

Anonymous

October 27th, 2009
10:30 am

Ooo-wee!
You ladies want some fruit & cheese with your whine? ! ! !

Willie

October 27th, 2009
10:32 am

We would not have this discussion if the winner is decided on the field of play and not in the book of idiotic rules. For instance, the excessive celebration rule! I am awed that there are people like Vince Dooley who want golf etiquett in college football.

Vince Dooley and anyone else who wants this rule do not want football. They want flagball! I have no respect for Dooley anymore. He should retire or die, which ever he can get done first. That sounds harsh but it is the way I feel about anyone trying to make football more like soccer or golf.

I have seen bad calls all my life and the call determined the outcome of the game. I do not go to games or watch games on tv to see the referees.

The referees are getting as bad as football analyst on ESPN. They think it is about them and what they seem to know and not about football.

Impartial

October 27th, 2009
10:32 am

It’s always been obvious that Mr. College Football should really be called Mr. SEC, but now it’s also becoming obvious that Mr. SEC is nothing more than a shill for the league office.

GT79

October 27th, 2009
10:33 am

“JP owns DJ” has a man crush on “Nachos”.

Willie

October 27th, 2009
10:35 am

I am not going to watch UGA anymore this year or as long as WM is the DC. I guess I will be a tech fan or ga southern fan. Did you all hear about Valdosta State getting creamed by an Alabama team?

GatorKim

October 27th, 2009
10:35 am

“When is someone gonna call an excessive celebration penalty on TEBOW? Oh, wait. I think we know why that’s never happened.” I guess you didn’t watch our latest NCG in January??

“Even the Gators get bad calls against them. Case in point, in the LSU game, I was furious that on LSU’s only scoring drive, we were called for a late hit on a 3rd down play where the refs claim that Joe Haden hit Charles Scott out of bounds. They showed replays and, of course, it was a bogus call, but 15 yards and an automatic first down later, it was a moot point. The Gator D responded by stuffing LSU on the goal line and forcing them to kick a field goal… that’s how you’re supposed to deal with bad calls.” WORD. STFU.

I am ROFL. Did an Auburn fan REALLY call GATORS losers??? “Hey GATORS: Did you bunch of losers…” – um, what’s your record this year (or the past 5)? chumps

Refs won’t have anything to do with this game. We won by, what, THIRTY-NINE points last year???? I don’t think we’ll do that again this year, but I’m not planning on sweating on Saturday, in Jax. CHUMPS

J Dub

October 27th, 2009
10:37 am

Tony – Your constituents seem to be calling for an explanation for Tebow’s ability to avoid excessive celebrations and you have not broached the subject once. The sticking point I heard when AJ Green got flagged was that the rule stated that you could not raise your hands to the crowd. Same for Charles Scott’s makeup call. What does Tebow do every time he gets a first down? Raise his hands to the crowd and showboat. It’s painfully obvious that the rules don’t apply to everyone. That is all the people really want here. If you are going to make a call, then make it for everyone. If a few people are late for work and you punish all but one, what are the employees to think of the relationship with that employee? If your kids sneak out of the house and you punish all but one, are you not showing favoritism? I am not here to crow on behalf of Georgia. I would just like a black and white explanation as to why what Tebow does when he gyrates and loses his mind is any different than what the rest of the country is doind. Why when he does it, do the announcers say, “Man, look at that emotion! He is a natural leader! That is what you want in a quaterback, and a human being.” On the flip, when someone else does it and gets flagged for it, “That is just a bonehead play there. No sense of team. That is no more than a look at me player taking the attention away from the team. There is no place for that in college football.” I think we deserve an explanation at this point. Oh, and don’t think the whole country isn’t going to be watching Pouncey the first time they get into shotgun and he does that ludicrous head twitch before he snaps the ball. Conspiracy or no conspiracy, I think we can all agree that Florida is getting the benefit of the doubt more than others. You know the old saying, “The rich get richer.”

mightyKC

October 27th, 2009
10:38 am

“mightykc
it isn’t about who is most least penalized. it is the shady calls when video evidence overwhelmingly says the opposite.”

the FL/arky call was not reviewable…human error, admitted by the ref.
the FL/MSU call was called BS by the announcers BECAUSE THEY HAD ACCESS TO A BETTER VIEW OF THE CALL!!!

why are people so dense? the ref in the booth did NOT have evidence to overturn it!!!

bad calls happen in every game. those whining about conspiracy theories are just whining. i never complained about the swindle in the swamp (which basically was the catalyst for replay)…FL should have overcome the bad calls by the ref. don’t let the refs decide it for you. arky missed a FG and couldn’t stop UF, and UF made their FG. UT’s coach is a retard and let 40 seconds go off the clock…and, he let a kicker that was 0-2 kick a 40+ yd FG, which was blocked. THOSE are the reasons those teams lost.

in UGA/LSU, UGA let the little guy have a huge return and then couldn’t tackle charles scott. people have always been blaming the refs, it’s human nature for losers.

Football Official

October 27th, 2009
10:38 am

Dead ball, unnecessary whining, on most parties involved. 15 yard penalty, repeat 1st down.

Willie

October 27th, 2009
10:41 am

J Dub

October 27th, 2009
10:37 am
I salute you and agree with your point.

GMan

October 27th, 2009
10:41 am

NCAA penalties per game rankings: UT #7; UF #35; UA #44; UGA #117; MISSst #59. Out of 120 teams, if there is a conspiracy, why is UF and UA not ranked higher? C’mon folks, stop the crying.

mightyKC

October 27th, 2009
10:41 am

Even the Gators get bad calls against them. Case in point, in the LSU game, I was furious that on LSU’s only scoring drive, we were called for a late hit on a 3rd down play where the refs claim that Joe Haden hit Charles Scott out of bounds. They showed replays and, of course, it was a bogus call, but 15 yards and an automatic first down later, it was a moot point. The Gator D responded by stuffing LSU on the goal line and forcing them to kick a field goal… that’s how you’re supposed to deal with bad calls.”

uh, as a Gator fan, this was a good call…the call wasn’t on haden, as the announcers i believe originally said…i believe it was on spikes, and happened after the play, when he blew someone up out of bounds from behind.

GMan

October 27th, 2009
10:42 am

Oh yeah, Arkansas is #117.

GMan

October 27th, 2009
10:43 am

Sorry, Arkansas is #107!

Willie

October 27th, 2009
10:43 am

mightyKC

October 27th, 2009
10:38 am

So an underdog should not beat the top rated team? If you get a bad call and momentum changes I am sure the highest rated team will have the advantage. That is exactly what the referees think I am sure.

Otto

October 27th, 2009
10:43 am

Jake, I agree the coaches should be able to walk into a press conf. with film, show it in slow motion and stand up for their kids.

Auburn has had obvious blown calls go against them. 3 of their first 5 penalties were very questionable reviewing the DVR. The one that stands out the most was the false start where the tackle moved after contact causing another player to move on the DL. Against UK the refs missed a blatant block in the back on UK’s last big run.

It is not just UGA and it does not always change the game. However, CFB is big business and the refs should be just as professional as the coaching staffs. Yes errors will happen but blowing obvious calls should not be tolerated. I would like to see the NCAA step up and hire officials taking it out of the conferences hands. It takes a long time for change to happen just look at the suspended refs but if Tony and other members of the press point it out and coaches take the fines to point it out like SOS used to at UF maybe something can happen.

Keep it Real!

October 27th, 2009
10:44 am

The fix is in, The SEC with it’s big money T.V. contract needs to have an SEC team in the BCS championship game! SEC refs have been making calls for the hometeams for 50 years this is the south and cheating is o.k. in the blble belt!

UGA fans please be shut your pie holes, UGA has a weak team this year! Plus the coaching lacks structure and fundamentals.

GMan

October 27th, 2009
10:46 am

Keep it Real! Yes, it’s all a conspiracy and the government is running it. Puleeease!

Willie

October 27th, 2009
10:47 am

Nothing is going to change. Too much money! We have to stop going to games and watching it on tv. Stop talking about it and avoid advertisers who display their services or goods during the game.

I AM READY TO DO IT ARE YOU?

calvin

October 27th, 2009
10:47 am

Why should ‘excessive celebration’ penalties be
15 yarders? Celebration is as bad as pass interference?
The people who make stupid rules with excessive penalties
are very much to blame in some of these controversial calls?

dawgster

October 27th, 2009
10:48 am

I think all teams have some legit complaints about the officials, its just some coaches hve a little class and don’t whine about it publicly…just a matter of time for Kiffin and Co….

Anonymous

October 27th, 2009
10:50 am

Yo Willie,

“If you get a bad call and MOMENTUM CHANGES . . .”

Wow!
Could you be any more subjective?

Keep it Real!

October 27th, 2009
10:51 am

I do not want to see a comment from any of you losers talking about a referee’s bad call will not make an impact on the game!

Why is any team ranked right now? I have not seen an impressive team yet but I do hear excuses why Florida,Texas and Alabama did not play well.

When Bama lost to Utah last year, well they where not ready to play. I thought a SEC team could walk in the field and beat any team. Since they lost I guess not!

This game is too fast for some of the old out shape referee’s, get some young blood on the field so they can be in position to make the correct calls!

gt

October 27th, 2009
10:52 am

Against VAndy, our fresman wideout caught a pass, and then spun the ball. Penalty. Shortly after, the Vandy lineman sacked Cox, pulled Cox’s towel off him and threw it in the air. No penalty. Why?

After UF intercepted Ms St and scored that questionable TD, a few Gators gathered and had a little dance action. No penalty . Why?

The disparity is just too great, whether on purpose or not.The zebras handed the ark-uf game to the Gators.With very debatable calls. Yes some were judgement. Judgement IS important, or we would have blind people out there calling the games- literally.

Gator fans, and others- I have no problem with you guys- not caling you out- just pointing out the refs are awful. Remember this- a wise person -Bill Russell by name- once said in a speech-”What happens to me will eventually happen to you if not corrected”.

Sanford Drive

October 27th, 2009
10:52 am

The fact that Rogers Redding didn’t see a problem with the call on Saturday says it all. What a goob.

mtraininjax

October 27th, 2009
10:52 am

Do as the NFL does and just have them all in a union. It would be good to see independent refs from different cities or regions call games. Having ACC refs follow ACC teams to SEC schools makes no sense, case in point the GT/Vandy game. Why not use the same refs that plan to call the Jaguar/Titan game, or use a group of officials who are based out of Nashville? Tech does not need ACC officials to win or lose, and refs for a conference is a racket anyway.

Make their calls stand on their own and independent of a conference. Great idea Tony!