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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GMan

October 27th, 2009
11:48 am

That’s probably why MSU lost the game, the refs were punishing the stadium for bringing cowbells in…jk!

Hal

October 27th, 2009
11:48 am

Willie, yes, I played at UGA when Mark got there. I was on the practice squad so no, I’m not David Greene but yes a really bad penalty or call period can kill momentum of a drive or for a defense. True a team has to be able to get over it as the gators did at the goal line against LSU but you can’t really blame them if they don’t.

GMan, G8rGrad, your colors show in your post as I’m sure mine do. But I hope you at least played peewee ball so you’ll understand this statement. On the previous kicks, LSU had gotten the ball at the goal line and averaged the 27 yd line. Lets say they had even gotten the 44 yds they did on the return as it were….. the strategies are now different for both teams.

When they got the ball on our 42 yd line they were only 8 yds from FG position. Yes a TD was scored and won the game (and damn right, he should have been tackled) but had they been 40+ yds away from FG range to begin the drive they would have had to throw the ball which they hadn’t done well all day consistently. The D could have pinned their ears back and gotten 3 sacks again and game over. Guys even if we had tackled Scott at the line (which, we had the chance) they still had the FG iced. I know I know,, BAMA blocked one Saturday and so did we 2 weeks before.

Bottom line is, they should have never been in that position. Tebow should never be flagged for the gator chomp, Cody was fine, Mo Mass 2 years ago was fine for chompin back at the gator fans…. this isn’t golf guys. ANd my own beloved coach Dooley needs to realize that.

Joe

October 27th, 2009
11:49 am

mightykc
huh? i showed you a YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE GAME AS IT HAPPENED. You think the announcers have videos that the booth doesn’t you idiot.

As for the ark game i never said it was reviewable. i said it was another pathetic bs call that went for UF so they could retain their undefeated season. and there were two 2 atrocious calls in that game. dumbazz

Joe

October 27th, 2009
11:53 am

so many of you idiots don’t get it. it’s not about who is most or least penalized. it’s calls that when the game is close gives a team points or takes them away or gives a team the ball. one bs call can and HAS had a big effect on two fla games. there is no doubt in my mind uf loses to ark with the two calls in that game. the miss st game call preserved the game for fla. when that call was made, it guaranteed no chance for miss st to come back. it’s bad enough the pathetic schedule both bama and fla play. nice 1/4 of your schedule is full of fiu charls s troy and n texas. what a joke. neither team deserves to be where they are.

Joe

October 27th, 2009
11:55 am

yeah the officials only have one camera to work with. are you people this demented? they have the same cameras you see on tv you dopes.

TS

October 27th, 2009
12:01 pm

Joe- you are so right. FLA and Bama should redact their #1 and #2 ranking and drop to #33 and #37 where they belong, respectively. They OBVIOUSLY don’t deserve to be where they are and it is all the officials fault. I think GA Tech should be #1 and UGA should be #3.

another dawg in ptc

October 27th, 2009
12:01 pm

Gentlemen,Gentlemen, Gentlemen,
If everyone would just step back and take a deep breath, and stop looking thru red and black glasses,or orange glasses or maroon glasses, you would realize that the SEC has a big problem.

A bad call is a bad call, and bad officiating is bad officiating regardless of the situation. When you have the same officials making bad calls over and over and head of the officials doing a political spin over and over, you have a problem.

It starts at the top. The head of the officials needs to educate the officials better on the rules, teach them how to use fair and just judgement, and make the TOTALLY ACCOUNTABLE for every call. Then they have to hand out tough and just punishment for bad calls. If this is too difficult for a conference that signed a hundred billion dollar contract for sports and entertainment, then they deserve the product they put out every Saturday.

That being said, UGA is an average team this year and has to fight and scratch (and block fgs)to win. We need the breaks to go our way, and the officiating to be at least be 50-50. However, the passion of the Dawg fans is not and never will be average.

Bill Will

October 27th, 2009
12:07 pm

These people should all be fired. The officials at the Mississippi State/Florida game should have been fired along with the replay official.

ROGERS REDDING Head of SEC OFFICIALS happens to be a GA TECH graduate

BOBBY GASTON Prior Head of SEC OFFICIALS happened to be a GA TECH graduate.

MARC CURLES SEC OFFICIAL is a GA TECH graduate

PENN WAGES just an OFFICIAL UGA hater and cheat.

AL FORD cheat

DAN DEMBINSKI-Mississippi St-Florida game official.

gator gator

October 27th, 2009
12:11 pm

Hal,

If you are that knowledgeable regarding rules and actually played at UGA then why don’t you become an official. Maybe you can teach the SEC FB officials something!!!

Bud

October 27th, 2009
12:16 pm

All this rhetoric still does’nt change the fact that these bad call have a huge impact on the out come of the game, rankings, bowl invitations, recruiting etc.,etc.. These calls should be challenged on the spot and overturned if neccessary.

2N4YEARS

October 27th, 2009
12:16 pm

Tony, let me get this right: In one breath you say how ’silly’ it is that the refs would call a game to line two teams (FLA & ALA) in the SEC Championship game, and in the next breath you say we should have a national ref base to eliminate this?? So one must ask the question; if it’s so ’silly’, then why did you right this column?

Joe

October 27th, 2009
12:19 pm

ts you are playing on borrowed time like iowa. even with the refs you will still lose eventually. your offense is a joke. we can still beat you think week even if the refs do help you. but all eyes will be on them and one more bs blown screw up and all he11 will break loose.

Mean Dean

October 27th, 2009
12:22 pm

Yes–It’s a vast right-wing/left-wing/SEC/CBS/ESPN/AJC conspiracy! It was Meyer on the grassy knoll with Saban in the book depository and Slive in the motorcade! All the SEC officials should be fired! And all the SEC employees should be fired! And all the SEC coaches and AD’s should be fired! And all of them should be replaced with the retards on this blog! Power to the people! The revolution cannot be stopped! Che lives on!

GMan

October 27th, 2009
12:24 pm

Hal – yes, I played. Does it matter? Nope. I get to discuss the games the same way as the guy paying $150 a ticket sitting next to me in the stands and on this blog. I don’t really disagree with anything on your last post. I agree that the unsportsmanlike penalties in the SEC are off the charts when comparing to the other conferences. I think it was the wrong call – my opinion. Even so, I think you can’t get to a point where the game is decided by one factor (call, play, etc.). A sign of a mature team is to refocus and play the entire 60 minutes.

Burdell

October 27th, 2009
12:25 pm

Goober–

There is physical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry and biochemistry just to name a few…

GO JACKETS!!!

AlwaysAVol

October 27th, 2009
12:31 pm

Maybe they should do a little spiel on officiating like they do on safety before you fly on a plane and then 10 minutes before kickoff, pick an equal number of lucky fans to be officals from the visiting and the home team. They couldn’t do much worse. And by the way, just to deflect any accusations of whining, congratulations to Alabama for one of the more classic UT-Bama games ever. Thriller to the end, that’s what college football is all about…

bamafan

October 27th, 2009
12:32 pm

Hey Mean Dean – you forgot about Dick Cheney sitting in a bunker trying to figure out a way to shoot down an airliner!!

bamafan

October 27th, 2009
12:33 pm

Always a Vol – my sentiments exactly. The best games and the best series in the SEC is Bama-Tennessee!

Gen Neyland

October 27th, 2009
12:33 pm

Kiffin has rattled the SEC hierachy to the point that Slive and Redding can’t hold their mint juleps without spilling a few drops. CLK, like him or not (which doesn’t matter to me) isn’t afraid to speak his point of view. Reminds me of FDR’s address after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. FDR stated basically, ‘We’re gonna kick some arse.’ Big talk for a guy that just lost a bunch of boats, huh..? We had a few setbacks as a nation, but prevailed quite nicely, IMO. I’m thinking CLK will too. Now, it’s time to put aside these things that can’t be altered and look to frying some Gamechickens…

Again, Congrats to the Red Elephants…

Da truth

October 27th, 2009
12:35 pm

Hey Conspiracy theorists…didn’t Bama get 10 penalties called on them against SC ???

Willie

October 27th, 2009
12:38 pm

Hal; Bud; another dawg in ptc :

I thank you for your comments.

hammerhead

October 27th, 2009
12:45 pm

Florida will be penalized early in the game this weekend, but will get the benefit of all of the late calls. The number of penalties and yardage between FL and GA will be comparable, but the critical calls (late and impossible to overcome) will go in favor of the Gators. To dismiss the notion that Florida and Alabama are being protected is naive. They’re No. 1 and No. 2 in the country. If one of them loses, the conference stands to lose millions in potential BCS revenue. Too much money at stake to allow a close game to go against either team.

RetilesRule

October 27th, 2009
12:51 pm

According to the Knoxville newspaper, even Asst Coach Orgeron has now opened his big trap and made statements about the refs giving favorable calls to the better teams in the league (I think the use of the term “better teams” is revealing in itelf). This coaching staff has clearly crossed the line and by a wide margin. Last week, Mike Slive rightfully suspended the officiating crew that called the Ga/LSU and Ark/Fla game for the sake of the integrity of the league. This week, I am calling on Slive to do the same with Kiffin and Orgeron for exactly the same purpose!

Joe

October 27th, 2009
12:52 pm

hammer exactly. and when you get a bs call when it’s 3rd and 8 and it’s all of a sudden 3rd and 18, it’s a lot different than one on first down. that’s one of the other things i have noticed. fla rarely gets penalized on 3rd down.

AltamahaDawg

October 27th, 2009
12:54 pm

One thing I cannot understand is: Replay is only as good as the camera angle and the off. crew is using whatever network pictures are available to them. Why on earth would it not be MANDATORY for the network covering the game to have a camera dead on the goal line? Is there a camera angle that is more critical than that? There is going to be a goal line issue in every single game.

Zippy

October 27th, 2009
12:55 pm

Most of these comments appear to be non-resopnsive to the question. Can’t a fellow have an opinion without beibng labeled a “whiner?”

Lord of The Lizards

October 27th, 2009
12:58 pm

All I have to say is that anyone who would even begin to make a comparison of a statement made by one Lane Kiffin to one made by a one Franklin D Roosevelt is a bigger idiot than even I can comprehend.

blazer

October 27th, 2009
12:59 pm

Enter your comments here
JCDORE- YOU ARE CORRECT-SHOWS THE BIAS THAT EXIST-YOU ARE RIGHT-
VANDY IS TREATED AS ONLY VANDY-KINDA LIKE TCU COULD GO 12-0 AND

STILL WOULD NOT GET ANY RESPECT. WHY CAN’T COACHES BITCH ABOUT THE OFFICALS-
WHAT HAPPEN TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH? GEEZ? IT DOESN’T CHANGE THE CALLNOW
DOES IT?

Rogers Redding

October 27th, 2009
1:00 pm

Stop picking on me guys. I can’t help it. I have a degree from Georgia Tech. I’m doing the best I can.

Lane Kiffin

October 27th, 2009
1:04 pm

Stop picking on me guys. I can’t help it. I have a Leisure Service Management degree from Fresno State. I’m doing the best I can.

J Dub

October 27th, 2009
1:06 pm

What college football fans lack in general is a little objectivity. If a Dawg fan has something to say about the officiating, the Gators and Bama fans immediately defend the calls and tell the Dawgs to stop whining. When Tennessee does the same thing, guess who comes out of the pack to tell them to stop whining? Objectivity is the key. Of course with Florida and Alabama, they are undefeated and thus have no real opinion on the matter. Do you think they will come out and say, “Yes, there is a problem with the ref situation in the SEC.” Of course not, same as if the shoe was on the other foot. No doubt, Alabama and Florida would be calling for heads to roll while UGA and TN and ARK and whoever else would be saying “You should have stopped us, stop whining!” The whole stop whining statement has become a crutch used by too many when they don’t have anything of substance to add to a discussion. I for one do not believe that the call against LSU won or lost us the game. Did it have an effect? Possibly. No one knows what the effect of crucial calls really are because the game changes from that point on. All things being equal, we don’t get the penalty, and there still are no guarantees that we don’t stop them. Maybe Holliday returns it for a score, returns it to the same spot, and then Charles Scott rumbles for the same td romp. Maybe we the kick is a touchback, we put LSU in obvious passing downs and we win. Who Knows? At this point, who cares? The game is over and we lost, plain and simple. All that being said, it still does not change the fact that the call should not have been made and it hurt the Dawgs in that circumstance. Doesn’t mean that I am whining when I say that. The facts are the facts. I am not living in a world where the dawgs are 6-1 or 5-2 in my mind because what might or could have been. We are 4-3 and I am living with that. We have some obvious problems with our offense, defense, and special teams. Again, it doesn’t take the sting away from a bad call!

Got 12?

October 27th, 2009
1:07 pm

Hammer,

Please point out the calls the officials made for Bama in the UT game.

Agree with the Lord of Lizards

October 27th, 2009
1:08 pm

Hear hear! Someone makes the insipid comparison of the upstart Kiffin to FDR and just last week there was a reference to his (Kiffin) fighting like our ambushing Revolutionary Forefathers fought the prim and proper, rank and file British (of course the Americans did fight in the traditional manner as well and not always ambush. Hint: “Patriot” isn’t historical). Kiffin shouldn’t even be compared to great coaches, much less great national leaders. How shameful it is for a school like UT to resort to hiring such a waste of skin. They will reap what they sow–and it ain’t what they’re hoping for. This childish coach has been on the job less than a year and has 2 strikes. Unprecedented. The real Bob Neyland must be rollin in his grave. He’d beat the livin’ shee-ite outa that punk of a coach.

Bobby Petrino

October 27th, 2009
1:08 pm

Stop picking on me guys. I can’t help it. I have a P.E. degree from Carroll College in Helena, Montana. I’m doing the best I can.

Bob

October 27th, 2009
1:10 pm

Bottom line: If a call (or no call) is questionable, its going to go Florida’s way. This is not a conspiracy theory. It is a fact. If you think otherwise you simply aren’t watching the games or only seeing what you want to see. Its quite blatant.

im4bama

October 27th, 2009
1:20 pm

Lane Kiffen and Gary Danielson; both think they know what they are talking about, but don’t. Both are ignorant pricks who are always wrong about whatever it is their running their mouths about. JUST SHUT UP and quit crying about everything.

Dorsey Hill

October 27th, 2009
1:20 pm

I hate to be one of those conspiracy nuts and I’m not quite ready to say that the refs have been influenced to take care of UF or Bama, although the conference would receive a ton of money if both played in SECCG as undefeateds because both teams would qualify for BCS games regardless of the outcome. However, I did watch the WVU and Pitt game a couple of years ago and if WVU had won they would have played for the national title. Accusations of wearing a tin foil hat notwithstanding, you could never convince me that the refs did not try to assure a WVU victory. Having seen that game, I know that it can happen, because it has in the past. What may be at play here isn’t so much of a conspiracy, but the simple knowledge in the refs minds that a bad call against one of those two teams, or a missed call that should have been called in favor one of one of those two teams, that results in a the loss to the SEC of that payday would come with a greater degree of punishment than the other way around. In other words, is it possible that when the PF against Arky was called that the ref thought in the back of his mind that if he missed that call and UF lost that it would be bad for him? I’m not sure that any SEC official would tell the refs to call a game one way or the other, but the refs are human and they know where the real pressure lies and that is if they are responsible for losing teh conference an 8 digit payday. In short, screw Arky and receive a minor punishment, but screw UF or Bama and you aren’t a SEC ref anymore.

GMan

October 27th, 2009
1:23 pm

Bob: What game are you watching and what color are your glasses? Blatant? Fact? I guess that is why UF is the 35th most penalized team in college football. Next thing you’ll say is that the refs want TN to win and that is why they are #7 in penalties. Or maybe, all of the problems with UGA are the refs and that is why they are 117th for penalties out of 120 teams.

Gatorchomp

October 27th, 2009
1:24 pm

Flashback: 1 year ago, Oct. 27, 2008–Tennessee had an overall record of 3-4 and were 1-3 in conference play. Vol fans hate their experienced coach.

Today: Oct. 27, 2009–Tennessee has an overall record of 3-4 and are 1-3 in conference play. Vol fans love their inexperienced coach.

Got 12?

October 27th, 2009
1:29 pm

Dorsey,

Please list the calls the refs made to take care of Bama in the UT game.

im4bama

October 27th, 2009
1:30 pm

As far as this talk about Bama and UF getting help from the refs, that’s bogus. Florida did not get that TD and that was a bad ball.
But in the UT/Bama game, I saw a pass interence and a two holdings on UT that DID NOT get called. Kiffin can complain, but they commited all those penalties plus more that they got away with and we all know they shouldn’t have gotten another try for a FG at the end. Crybaby Kiffin and ignorant VOl fan, you can also shut up.

Got 12?

October 27th, 2009
1:36 pm

If it will put an end to the Cody penalty talk, I have perused the NCAA rule book and located the rules on kicks and unsportsmanlike conduct. If anyone would like me to copy-and-paste, let me know.

GMan

October 27th, 2009
1:42 pm

For the record, coaches that are complaining in the SEC about officiating and their SEC record:

Vandy: 0-5
TN: 1-3
ARK: 1-4
MSst: 1-3

See a pattern emerging? These guys are hoping to keep their job another year.

GMan

October 27th, 2009
1:43 pm

Got 12? I think that would be helpful, but I’m not sure facts are allowed here!

Brew

October 27th, 2009
1:43 pm

Gatorchomp, you are on to something here. Let’s take it further. If, somehow, your coach for the moment were to stay for 17 years and go 3-4 to this point, would you like it? No. Especially when he had a NC (or in your case, two) and hadn’t won the SEC in ten years. How about with two recruiting classes in the 30s instead of the top ten?
Bottom line, Kiffin is doing a tremendous job with the talent on hand. We have Eric Berry, yes. But we just started a game against Bama’s great D with two 260 lb. walk-on OL and outgained them. Those were the guys Cody beat for the FG blocks. Our MLB until a season-ending injury was a 5′10″, 220 lb undersized walk-on. A team of Tennessee’s historical stature and not far removed from playing for the SECC, shouldn’t have to start three walk-ons, but they were the best we had.
You were one who thought your team would beat us by 50, but you couldn’t. Same with Uga, same with Bama. We were supposed to lose all the games by a total of 150 pts or more, but we lost by ten, won by 26, and missed a FG for the win at the end. It’s unsatisfying to have lost two of them, but to play them as close as we did on the road with the talent disparity on hand is a little bit satisfying.
So, yes, we do love our inexperienced coach. He’s caught up with inferior talent to teams having multiple HS AA and all-SEC types. When the talent levels catch up, we look to have a coaching advantage. Heck, we’re 3-4 and favored to beat a ranked SEC team this week. The rest of the nation has caught on. Maybe you should too.

Tide Rising

October 27th, 2009
1:47 pm

help, I live in Georgia and cracker,

The Terrance Cody play is mute. Bama would have had the ball. End of story. Just like a lot of Lame’s comments such as the comment about Fla. illegally recruiting Nukeese Richardson Lame simply does not know the dam rule.

As far as the comments from help, cracker, and Lame Kiffin himself that the officiating was unfair they were absolutely right. It was very unfair to Bama.

The no call on the pass interference to Julio Jones in the end zone. The rule specifically states the db cannot inhibit the receivers path to the ball. By definition this was pass interference and should have been called. Should have been first and goal from the 1 or 2 for Bama.

Or how about UTs blatantly illegal pick play that the commentators talked about and which was obvious to everyone but the ref? It allowed UT a 7-8 yard pass play and 1st down.

Or how about the equally as blatant holding noncall UT committed on the final drive against Chavis Williams? That was a mugging if I’ve ever seen one and I believe it was on the pass play to Stocker.

That’s 3 horrific noncalls that all went in favor of UT and which are confirmed by replay. So Lame still says the refs favor Bama. The evidence suggests quite the contrary

how2fish 4 men

October 27th, 2009
1:53 pm

Oh you boys are so angry! Come over to my apartment and I’ll “calm you down” ;)

Got 12?

October 27th, 2009
1:54 pm

Brew,

Has it come down to moral victories and “wait til next year/building for the future”? Sad.

Tide Rising

October 27th, 2009
1:55 pm

So Lame didn’t want to try to get more yardage to get a closer field goal attempt because he was in fear of “magical flags” coming out of nowhere. Lame Kiffin, let’s look at the eight penalties that you believe were unfairly called on your team:

Penalty number 1 — 620 to go in the 1Q

False start – five yards — yep, I’m sure that call was imaginary.

Penalty number 2 — Alabama’s ball with 448 to go in the 1Q

Pass interference – 8 yards — yep, I’m sure that call was completely imaginary as well. Replay should it was very blatant and even UT fans would agree.

Penalty number 3 early 3Q on punt to Alabama

Illegal block below the waist when the TN player took out our blocking wedge on Javy’s return — right out in the open — I’m sure that Kiffin will send that video to the SEC as evidence of an imaginary call. The UT player took out 2 Bama blockers with that cheap shot. Good cheating job though because without that play Javy probably takes it the distance.

Penalty number 4 — mid 3Q

Delay of game — My God — this was obviously a made-up, favor Alabama call that no reasonable person would have called on TN

Penalty number 5 — early 4Q

False start — I mean, I’m sure you could look at that play over and over again and not find a single flinch by UT — an obviously biased call by the pro-Alabama crew.

Penalty number 6 – early 4Q

Holding — interestingly, the only holding call on UT all day long — if you had a biased crew — holding would be the one call you would call all day long – and yet, only one holding all day long. Too bad the crew missed the blatant holding by UT on their last drive against Bama’s Chavis Williams.

Penalty number 7 — late 4Q

Roughing the kicker — I’m surprised that Kiffen didn’t pull his team off the field when this was called — obviously his man never even touched PJ Fitzgerald when he went straight into him.

Penalty number 8 — last 4Q

False start — the last straw I’m sure in Kiffin’s mind, and the smoking gun that just proves the refs were biased — another magical flag.

In summary, Kiffin essentially accused the crew of being biased for calling eight penalties on his team — and at least seven of the eight were obvious, out in the open calls — and only one of them was a holding call. Imaginary calls? Lame has got to be kidding.

After reviewing this list, Slive should have suspended Kiffin this time — because Kiffin had zero basis to question any of the calls on his team – there was nothing questionable about any of these calls — unlike Mullen’s or Petrino’s complaints.

Someone in the media should call Kiffin out, and ask him specifically about what calls he questioned — the false starts? the delay of game? the roughing the kicker?

He isn’t just being obnoxious — he’s being flat out dishonest.

Got 12?

October 27th, 2009
1:57 pm

Gman,

Sorry, I forgot the blog rules. I will go back to name calling.