SEC officiating sinks to a new low

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To stand out as a really bad officiating crew in the SEC is a challenge.

But the team of officials headed up by Georgia Tech grad Marc Curles deserves some sort of special golden flag for phantom calls that affect the outcome of a major game.

You’ll remember Curles and Co. for the bogus celebration call on Georgia’s A.J. Green in the LSU game, a call that the head of SEC officiating, Rogers Redding (another grad of the Institute), subsequently had to disavow.

Now Redding has had to issue another statement on a call by Curles’ crew during a fourth quarter drive in Saturday’s Florida-Arkansas game when the Gators were trying to tie it up. Razorbacks defensive lineman Malcolm Sheppard was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for legally using his shoulder to fend off a Florida player who was coming at him. It wasn’t even close to an infraction, as CBS’ Gary Danielson pointed out, but the 15-yard penalty set up the Gators to score on the next play.

As was the case with the Georgia call, the conference said it found “no evidence on the video to support the personal foul penalty” against the Hogs.

Cold comfort to Arkansas, just as was the SEC’s mea culpa for Georgia after the LSU game.

Arkansas also had complained about a questionable pass interference call on that same drive and a noncall on a late hit by the Gators elsewhere in the game, but the SEC said those were “judgment” calls. You can check out video clips of some of the Curles crew’s work in that game here.

It’s gotten to the point where you have to wonder what it takes in the SEC for an officiating crew to get suspended. Maybe the magic number is three. With the Dogs’ luck, Curles and his crew will get a chance to go for the trifecta when Georgia and Florida meet in Jacksonville. Or perhaps we’ll get the Penn Wagers crew, which has proved its deficient knowledge of the rule book in the past. Talk about Hobson’s choice.

On top of these blown calls, there’s the inconsistent manner in which unsportsmanlike conduct flags are being thrown in the SEC, as I noted in Sunday’s blog.

Certain teams, such as Georgia, routinely draw those flags while others, including league leaders Florida and Alabama, don’t. It’s getting to be something of a joke what Tim Tebow can get away with. Likewise, the self-aggrandizing behavior of Alabama defenders in Saturday’s game against South Carolina in apparent violation of the rules against taunting or calling attention to one’s self. One Bama player even took his helmet off on the field after a big play, supposedly a sure infraction, but no flag was thrown.

Now, personally, I have no problem with kids celebrating, gesturing or calling attention to themselves. Emotion is a big part of college football. Such displays are against the rule, but it’s a dumb rule. Heck, I don’t even have a problem with taunting, as unpleasant as it can be sometimes. I wish the rule would go away.

But as long as it’s in place, they either need to call it on everyone or not call it at all. Just apply it consistently across the board. And that very plainly is not happening right now.

There were gestures in both the Florida-Arkansas and Alabama-South Carolina games that were much more blatant than what Orson Charles did in the LSU game, but no flags.

And in Saturday’s Georgia-Vandy game, Rantavious Wooten was flagged for spiking the ball after a big catch, but a Commodore celebrating a sack by throwing a towel in the air drew no flag.

I don’t really think that there’s a conspiracy among the SEC refs to “get” Georgia. I’m not so sure, however, that there isn’t some sort of unspoken agenda to “protect” certain high-flying teams. And even if it’s just a case of officials perceiving certain teams as undisciplined and being more prone to throw flags on them than on other teams seen as model citizens, that plainly isn’t fair.

At the very least, Redding and his officials should be aware that there’s the perception that Florida and Alabama are treated differently because it’s in the SEC’s financial interests that they succeed.

As CBS Sports exec Mike Aresco told the Birmingham News last week, “Tim Tebow has just been ratings gold … You cannot overstate the value of Florida and Alabama. … If you needed two teams to carry you, those are the two.”

Maybe that kind of thinking only goes on at CBS headquarters and not at the network’s business partner, the SEC. If so, SEC commissioner Mike Slive and Redding need to act now to counter the perception that the fix is in. When you start to hear comparisons between the SEC and professional wrestling, decisive action is needed to restore fans’ faith in the conference.

Suspending Curles and his crew would be a good first step. But more than that, Slive needs to make it abundantly clear to all officiating crews that the rules must be applied evenly and equally, no matter who is playing.

170 comments Add your comment

Mark

October 20th, 2009
7:09 am

zino

October 20th, 2009
7:11 am

Good article – the SEC officials are pathetic. It seems like the best conference in the land would have the best officials. And the league is doing whatever it takes to make sure it’s Gators – Tide in Atlanta.

ImADawg

October 20th, 2009
7:17 am

You are exactly right…It’s not the rule, but how the rule is being judged. I called high school baseball and softball in Georgia for a number of years and all coaches wanted you to do was make the calls both ways. I saw a few other times over the weekend when a player scored and held up both hands to the crowd in a pointing gesture. Is this different than what AJ Green did?? Don’t think so. Don’t care what you call, just call it both ways!!!!!!!

Not Disappointed!

October 20th, 2009
7:18 am

When there’s smoke………..”It may be from a fire!” Good article.

Ramblin Wreck!

Bill

October 20th, 2009
7:18 am

Both you and Tony Barnhart are correct about this issue. Penn Wagers has been a sub-par official for years.

Fed Up With Money Drive Sports

October 20th, 2009
7:18 am

Florida is the darling of the SEC … Tebow is the poster child. Officials are afraid to make calls on Florida. Georgia and Arkansas were robbed by the same officiating crew and I’ll bet they’ll be back on the field this Saturday. When the officials make huge effects on the games and not players and coaches … it’s time for a change. Too any penalities, too man TV times out, two much standing around … where did the excitement and emotions of college football go? We’re beginning to see a slow death in all sports. At the final end, money not athletic competiton now rules all sports. This year I decided not to give any of them my money …. haven’t bought a ticket to ONE sports event. Georgia Football and college football in general is sliding down the slide into a position of unimporantace in many people’s lives.
If it’s not changed … it’s going to die.

jdawg

October 20th, 2009
7:19 am

When you watch other games…your reaction is….wow….that would have been a flag thrown on UGA….but until the fans send the mail so to speak, and call Birmingham, nothing will be done. Just like they UGA took away several stations in North Georgia who have supported UGA, just because this new company ISP wants it that way. I see far fewer donations going to Butts-Mehre next Feb. Don’t you just love this the Georgia Radio Network…..by ISP…who is ISP…yeah I know, they get us money….

ldawg121

October 20th, 2009
7:21 am

I’m a die hard UGA fan, and fan of sec football in general. But i swear to God if i see one more blatantly biased call for or against ANY team i’m going to stop watching college football. Sickening !

georgiadawg1970

October 20th, 2009
7:22 am

Very well said. It should also be noted that the press loves Florida. They have always discriminated against Southern teams and Fl is no longer a Southern state except for the panhandle. Mostly yankees and foreighners. That is why they are classless jerks. Boycott Jacksonville.

Carlton Powell

October 20th, 2009
7:29 am

As I posted on TB’s blog, the review system now in effect was supposed to cover the BAD officiating that had been in existence for years in teh SEC. If Mike Slive doesn’t realize he’s got a problem now, he is brain dead. He needs to haul ALL the officials into his office and make it abundantly real how the remaining games are going to be run. Further, Bobby Petrino should have been in Slive’s office at 10am yesterday with game tape in hand for a long, serious discussion. I must throw a bouquet to CBS Sports for their juxtaposing of AJ Green’s “celbration” with Tim Tebow’s. With CBS’s large and direct financial interest in the SEC games, that took a bit of guts. Again, Slive hopefully realizes that when the likes of CBS and ESPN are trashing the calls, he’s got a problem.

Bill Will

October 20th, 2009
7:29 am

Good article from associated press concerning the sorry SEC refs that did the Ga/LSU game and then the Florida/Arkansas game Saturday. Another gaffle, who’s suprised.

The head of the SEC officials happens to be Rogers Redding, he was handpicked by the previous SEC head official, Bobby Gaston, another Ga. Tech graduate.

Redding, a 1965 Georgia Tech graduate, was vice chancellor of academic affairs and a professor of physics at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.a Ga. Tech graduate, (Yep, a physics professor) Are you beginning to see a trend here.

Evidently they love Florida and anybody but the Georgia Bulldogs. SEC football and basketball is not fun to watch because of the OFFICIALS. Same problems in high school football. Normally the home team gets the calls making it almost impossible for visiting teams to win. That’s in SEC football, SEC basketball, and GHSA high school football. But certain teams get favored treatment home and away.And certain teams get bad calls all the time. Bad refs should get called out and put on u-tube. Remember Al Ford, Penn Wages, Michael Watson (LSU fame) all big time cheaters.

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

October 20th, 2009
7:35 am

Robert Daniell

October 20th, 2009
7:39 am

Georgia has traditionally played some of its best football when they have been kicked to the curb……wouldn’t a repeat of the 1985 (Worley/Henderson) thrashing, Georgia put on then #1 Florida, be glorious! When you’re #1…..there’s no where to go but down!!!!!!

Gooooo You Hairy Bulldogs…Sic’em!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
RADLYDAWG

dtdawg09

October 20th, 2009
7:40 am

Well said Bill. I’ve been saying for years what a joke the SEC officials are. They are way too flag-happy. If they haven’t flown a flag in say 3 plays or so, you can bet they feel like they have to throw one on the next play. It’s getting out of hand. Let the kids play!!!

Bobby

October 20th, 2009
7:41 am

You SEC fans should count yourself lucky not to have ACC officials. At least the SEC owns up to the possibility of their having made errors. ACC just says tough luck and continues using Wal*Mart employees for officiating crews.

Jay Kersting

October 20th, 2009
7:46 am

This has been way too obvious for years. It is as if the officials are getting a bonus if more SEC teams make the BCS Championship Games.

I noticed it as especially bad during the 2004 SEC Championship Game, but anytime an underdog team takes on a Poll rated darling and gives them a game, the darling of the SEC gets the breaks.

Maybe a quarterback from the underdog needs to steal a page from Paul Crewe in the remake of “The Longest Yard” and get the attention of the officials and “politely” ask them to call a straight game.

Denver Dog

October 20th, 2009
7:47 am

It is unbelievable that we are reading and writing about officiating when the action is on the field with the players. How about the pitiful Big East refs against USC this past weekend when they played Notre Dame. USC did manage to beat them along with the Irish after many give away flags.

The worst call in this series of bad calls in the SEC mode has to be the Sanks call by Al Ford, I think. Penn Wagers with his phantom holds and unsportsmanlike calls;the 30 yard excessive celebration penalty, the failure to overturn a placement last year, and alas the phantom time out, these are all unacceptable. The SEC needs to get these clowns out, and this head of officating out. This is going on during his watch. Who was the head of officiating on the Jasper Sanks call,oh yeah a Tech grad. Hmm, at least back then it was just stupid is as stupid does, now it seems conspiratorial. I don’t care what TB says, there is one rule that is always around, and when it comes to having big ratings, and guaranteed MNC game it is this. MONEY TALKS!

Dawg Tired

October 20th, 2009
7:47 am

Bobby – I’ll take the Wal Mart folks anytime.

Burdell

October 20th, 2009
7:48 am

The fact that the head of officiating went to Tech is about as important as the fact that Bill King went to Georgia SOUTHERN.

You are no Bulldog sir. If you are calling out diplomas, then state you own.

m

October 20th, 2009
7:50 am

Enter your comments here

UGA89

October 20th, 2009
7:52 am

Georgia Tech grad Marc Curles –what does the fact that he’s a GT grad have to do with anything? The biased referee theory –geez this is so funny! You bullpups need to quit your whining about the officials in the LSU game –make a freakin’ tackle and you win the game. Fact is UGA is a horrible team when it comes to two things, tackling and discipline. And it’s fans are terrible when it come to accepting defeat –always looking for something or someone to blame.

I guarantee you that over the years blown calls by officials in UGA games have won them more games than it has cost them. UGA is just getting it’s comeuppance for all the blown calls that have gone their way over the years.

PAUL

October 20th, 2009
7:53 am

If they would simpley make this a reviewable call, they should be able to make the right call everytime.

Lee

October 20th, 2009
7:53 am

This SEC Crew apprently went to the Pro Wrestling Referee Clinic put on by the WWE. Teaches ‘em how to dictate the out come of a match or in this case a game…

Denver Dog

October 20th, 2009
7:54 am

Burdell, somewhat right, would you like for the head of the ACC officials to be from UGA? I don’t think so. Here is why you are right, it shouldn’t matter, but it seems that it is impacting certain games. Maybe there needs to be a criminal investigation into this, heck if congress can look into the BCS, surely the FBI can look into the SEC. Just joking guys, but it is a little absurd.

Denver Dog

October 20th, 2009
7:57 am

Bogus UGA 89

We shouldn’t be hard on them because the graduated from Tech, heck back then a Tech degree meant something. Unlike today when they are the 4th rated academic school in the State of Ga.

Whopper Dawg

October 20th, 2009
7:58 am

There is growing speculation that this deal is fixed. And I struggle to explain it a different way.

WTH

October 20th, 2009
8:04 am

I think I saw a flag thrown from the grassy knoll.

Nota mutt

October 20th, 2009
8:06 am

Good article! Except as you stated:

“Now, personally, I have no problem with kids celebrating, gesturing or calling attention to themselves. Emotion is a big part of college football. Such displays are against the rule, but it’s a dumb rule. Heck, I don’t even have a problem with taunting, as unpleasant as it can be sometimes. I wish the rule would go away.”

Man! I don’t believe you said that!! You want them to just run wild.

Emotion is a big part of the game, but this would be a big negative, and the rule should stand. IT SHOULD BE ENFORCE CORRECTLY, and it has not. All teams should be treated equally.

The call on Green was terrible as were the others you have mentioned.

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

October 20th, 2009
8:07 am

well said Burdell

WTH

October 20th, 2009
8:08 am

Nota mutt,

Amen

Urban Meyers

October 20th, 2009
8:09 am

Marc & Penn lets do lunch again in Jacksonville

Sautee Dawg

October 20th, 2009
8:11 am

Bill

As i posted in Mr College Football’s blog.
This years Ga. vs Fla. game will have 2 or 3 controversial calls, 2 or 3 calls that either complete a scoring drive or preventing one.
Ofcourse these SEC officials want to secure a trip for them and their families to Pasadena. Let’s face it Bill, would you rather spend New years there or the Ga. Dome?

George O'Leary

October 20th, 2009
8:12 am

You don’t have to be a Tech”grad”to lie and cheat…………….but it helps

BamaBirDawg

October 20th, 2009
8:12 am

Regardless of a fix or not, mistakes have been made, game results have been altered and the SEC power landscape is now in question. This hurts the conference, the schools and the fans. If the fix is not fixed, there’s sure to be more than a haystack of problems to come.

Big Al

October 20th, 2009
8:13 am

Good article but you must have missed the 10 pentalies for over a hundred yards they gave to Bama Saturday.

Bill Clinton

October 20th, 2009
8:13 am

I did not have sex with Urban or Nick

Z.Itchy

October 20th, 2009
8:13 am

Yeah, and just think about how much you paid for tickets this year. It seems like value for money paid is sinking lower and lower. I’m sure the guys with all those TV contracts are sweating blood about now.

dap01

October 20th, 2009
8:16 am

Someone from Tech is not use to having more than 37,000 in the stands. He is probably nervous.

guy

October 20th, 2009
8:16 am

its true. its all a fix. if it werent for the officials making all those bogus ‘touchdown’ calls uga totally wouldve won the TN game…

Kim

October 20th, 2009
8:20 am

I can only pray to Tebow’s sweet baby jesus that GA’s pathetic celebration of a TD!!!!! has come back to bite them in the a** 100000-fold.
Face it, GA sucks.

Jozef

October 20th, 2009
8:22 am

I don’t watch SEC games anymore. Granted, the conference has some of the best teams in the country, but I watch football for enjoyment of the sport, and a few blatantly bad calls (which are way too common in the SEC) can turn enjoyment into frustration.

The Real SugarHillDawg

October 20th, 2009
8:28 am

I’m going to enjoy watching the Ga/Fla game just to make sure the flags are called evenly.I DARE the crew to treat the two teams differently. You’ll see a fan revolt in Jax.!!!I know Tebow ain’t gonna change the way he plays and that’s good for atleast 3 personal foul penalties!!!

dgroy

October 20th, 2009
8:38 am

Calm down all you Georgia Dawgs……you’re getting paranoid…..nobody’s out to get you. Referee’s have been making bad calls as long as football’s been played…..it just so happens to be happening to the Great Georgia Bulldogs when they’re having a bad year with bad coaching to boot. It you want to complain, do it to CMR……he should be coaching his players to exhibit some class, which they’ve never done before but, it’s never too late to start :) Go Bees

Steve

October 20th, 2009
8:39 am

Bill, the only worse than the officiating you’re complaining about is the lack of facts and disinformation in today’s offering. I know its a blog, but at least take the time to gather the facts.

Whine on pups.

jacketbacker

October 20th, 2009
8:41 am

First, keep in mind that today’s players are bigger, stronger, faster and more athletic than ever. It is almost impossible to make some of these calls in “real time,” and often difficult even with slow motion replay. However, having watched both SEC and ACC games for many years, I can tell you the officials in the ACC are far worse than their SEC counterparts. I think most ACC fans would trade their crews for the SEC crews straight up any day of the week.

College footbal fan

October 20th, 2009
8:47 am

SEC officials are definitely not up to par with ref crews from the rest of the NCAA. The BIG question is whether or not SEC refs are on the take. Are SEC refs taking bribes or shaving points for illegal gambling? From the evidence this is absoultely a legitimate question.

Tom

October 20th, 2009
8:48 am

Denver you can HAVE the ACC head of officiating!…..PLEASE TAKE HIM!!

(btw, he’s a FLORIDA grad).

dawgrific

October 20th, 2009
8:49 am

Tebow is a blatant hypocrite when he is out there “hot-dogging” and “gator-chomping” in people’s faces-with no call mind you, all the while being played up and talking like he is God’s 3rd son (behind JC and obama). The inconsistency and unfiarness are putrid, and it has to stop. It has gotten to the point that EVERY time UGA makes a big play I worry that a flag is coming, especially if they show, in any way, that they are happy or excited. Any yes, the back-to-back BS calls that GIFT-WRAPPED a td for the gators made me just as sick as if it was MY Dawgs on the field. The uncalled Vandy “towel throw” was comical as well, as the Dawgs may have had an ejection if they had done that.

tampadogfan

October 20th, 2009
8:50 am

Why is it only offensive players being called, a defensive player makes a routine tackle and jumps up and down while thumping his own chest. No call. Makes no sense.

FOOTBALL

October 20th, 2009
8:50 am

SEC referees are truly inferior to ACC referees. In fact SEC refs are inferior to refs in the BIG TEN, the BIG TWELVE, the Pac Ten, the WAC, the Mountain West, the MAC, the Big East, the Gulf States and Conference USA.

SEC refs are the worst in college football.

Gainesville

October 20th, 2009
8:53 am

During the UGA vs Vandy game two Vandy defensive players sacked UGA QB Joe Cox for a big loss, then one of the Vandy players yanked Cox’s towel out of his pants and tossed it high into the air, jumped up and pumped his fist in celebration BUT NO PENALTY was called. Can any SEC official explain that one?

dawgrific

October 20th, 2009
8:53 am

There is ONE simple solution, don’t call it (personal foul, unsportamanlike conduct, pass interference) unless you are ABSOLUTELY SURE that an infraction has been committed-that would solve SO MUCH! Would anyone be saying that the refs changed the game if they HAD NOT called those 2 bogus penalties on Arkansas??? NO!!!!!!!!!!!

RGP

October 20th, 2009
8:54 am

Most jobs have annual reviews to measure job performance. If you get a poor review and are not performing up to standards than you are held accountable. If it continues then you are usually looking for another job. Officials need to have the same accountablility for poor judgement calls. If they dont measure up they need to be doing something else instead of taking it lightly and saying it was just another blown call.

TRUTH

October 20th, 2009
8:58 am

Talk about lying and cheating: Georgia Tech spent three years on NCAA probation for changing the grades of eleven starting football players (19 scholarship athletes overall) on their 1998-2000 football teams & others to make tor keep them eligible. That’s Georgia Tech’s version of integrity or “inTECHrity!” So you techster termites can keep your dubious opinions and stick them where the sun does not shine!

You forgot to mention this one...

October 20th, 2009
9:01 am

The bogus excessive celebration call on the Arky player who flexed his biceps after sacking Tebow… Turned a 10 yard loss into a 15 yard gain and a first down… and led to a score I believe… pathetic!!!

Tenn 45-19

October 20th, 2009
9:02 am

And this just in….Tennessee scores again. Must have been the refs’ fault.
45-19

jason

October 20th, 2009
9:02 am

Bill, the integrity of the officals is coming into play here. Also, there are to many instances where the officals are having a direct effect on the changing of a game. Now, I am not goimg to sit here and say that thhe calls on the drive is why ARK lost the game. What I amsaying is that I was watching one the best games of the SAT for 3 1/2 qt turn into a BS contest. I am tired of the refs taking the games out of the players hands.

While speaking of the 2 celebration calls in the UGA/LSU game. Is it me or was there about 2 dozen times UF could have been called for excessice celebration penalties in the ARK game alone? The officiating in the SEC has alot to be desired. One more thing the 15 yard face mask is total BS. They need the 5 and 15 yard penaltie back.

jason

October 20th, 2009
9:03 am

I also think HCs should have the right to challange a penalty in game. If you can review and change plays that are close, then why not penalties. It could fall under the same format with the one challange per half. That is what instant replay is for; to make sure these games are played as fair as they can be.

Also, the Vandy player that blocked that FG. I saw nothing wrong with the play. I don’t care what the rule book says. The player did not use another player for a height advantage. If the player jumps to make the play and comes down on another player, well that player should not have fell. It should be as in basketball on a blocked shot. I am a DAWG fan, and I guess in the grand scheme of the game that play did not matter, but it was still a horrible call against Vandy.

the real Old Gold

October 20th, 2009
9:03 am

Just thank the good Lord you don’t have ACC crews. I’ve seen horrific calls that GHSA refs would have gotten right. I’m talking ball spotting, what down it is, clock stoppage…. fundamentals.

I have a theory. I’ve thought for a long time that there is an unspoken push in the BCS conferences to protect their higher ranked teams if they can see a window to do so. It’s millions of dollars at steak for the conference. What do you guys think? THWG!

the real Old Gold

October 20th, 2009
9:04 am

Saint Simons

October 20th, 2009
9:04 am

Boo Whoo the refs are the reason UGA is #39, you bunch of cry babies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 45 – 42 !!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Lindsey

October 20th, 2009
9:11 am

Well said Mr. King, I agree 100%!!

Bill Will

October 20th, 2009
9:11 am

SEC OFFICIALS are the worst, and they are ruining the game, whether football or basketball. I hate to see home teams receive the benefit of bad calls. I want all officials to call games to the best of their ability. And when an official is obviously biased, then get rid of him. It happens in football, college and high school, and in basketball where the home team usually is give a 10 point home advantage. I quit watching basketball years ago because of this. But anyone that can not see that something is wrong with the following situation should open their eyes.

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.
AL FORD made the call that Jasper Sanks fumbled costing UGA the game against Tech and ruining the poor boys life. I don’t see how he can live with himself.

BTW, I don’t hate Ga Tech, and wish them good luck, except for one game a year. And I know that UGA has benefited from bad officials sometimes. I don’t like it. I want games call fairly and they are not. And all officials are not bad.

Most of the people on here defending the SEC OFFICIALS are Gator fans or related to these biased officials.

Technically, that call in the UF/AR game...

October 20th, 2009
9:14 am

…SHOULD have gone against the UF guy for trying to block a guy 20 yards away from, and behind, the play (how many times have we seen this called in ordinary situations), thus resulting in UF getting the 15 yard penalty! At least the guy got his clock cleaned by the AR guy trying to protect himself.

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 20th, 2009
9:17 am

Alicia

October 20th, 2009
9:18 am

Check to see how many games Georgia has won when Marc Curles’ was officiating. Answer: none. A little bias there?

hogmtndawg

October 20th, 2009
9:24 am

“I think I saw a flag thrown from the grassy knoll.” That is seriously funny! Great post!!

PMC

October 20th, 2009
9:27 am

They can’t let this crew ruin another game really. The league has had to apologise for them twice. It doesn’t matter where they went to college, that’s a red herring. The fact of the matter is that they are embarassing the league.

Cuz

October 20th, 2009
9:30 am

What about you Tech fans lurking out there like sharks past the breaker line. Do you see bad officiating in your games. Leave the LSU-UGA game out of the mix. I saw bad calls in the Bama and the Florida Arky game last weekend. I thought Arky would win til the Gators started racking up yards. And to me, it is a travesty to both sides when the officials throw these bogus flags. The Gators have the tenacity to win without help. Tebow could have performed another miracle all by himself. Now the winning team is tainted with you had to have help. I agree, unless it is blatant, let them play for God’s sake.

Mikey

October 20th, 2009
9:31 am

Wonder which crew we will see in Jax ??

Splash Daddy

October 20th, 2009
9:31 am

What about the offensive pass interference or holding by FL against LSU the week before. With minutes to play in the first half and tied 3-3, the FL receiver grabbed the LSU corner’s jersey and pulled him backwards, leaving him wide open running into the end zone. Two official were right there and neither called it. Danielson upon reviewed stated that “we have to absolve Hawkins on this play.” FL
s is better than LSU and probably would have one anyway but come on guys.

The SEC refs are the worst.

gt

October 20th, 2009
9:35 am

i BLOGGED EARLIER ABOUT THIS . tHERE WERE ACTUALLY 3 CALLS. oN THE WINNING FG DRIVE, THE UF PLAYER CLEARLY COMMITTED OFFENSIVE INTERFERENCE
ON 3RD DOWN- ESPECIALLY IF ARK COMMITTED INTERFERENCE ON THAT TYING DRIVE.

AT BEST, THE SEC OFFICIATING AND ADMINISTRATION IS INCOMPETENT. AT WORST , IT IS OUTRIGHT CROOKED. THE RULES DO NOT APPLY EQUALLY , LIKE WHAT YOU MENTINED IN THE GA GAME.

AS BASKETBALL, ESPECIALLY WOMENS BASKETBALL, IS LESS PROMINENT, WHAT DO YOU THINK GOES ON THERE? IT IS ACTUALLY WORSE. i ONCE SAW A TN WOMENS PLAYER SHOVE A GA LADY OUT OF BOUNDS RIGHT IN FRONT OF A REF. THE CALL? TN BALL- GA OUT OF BOUNDS. THIS HAPPENS A HUGE AMOUNT, AND CONTINUALLY FAVORS CERTAIN SCHOOLS IN EACH OF THE SPORTS.

IF THE SEC CANNOT CLEAN THIS UP, EACH SCHOOL HAS A LAW SCHOOL. USE IT. PULL OUT . START A NEW CONFERENCE. POWERFUL ALUMNI- TELL THE IMAGE CONSCIOUS JERK PRESIDENTS TO SPEND A FEW MOMENT DOING WHAT IS RIGHT FOR A CHANGE.

sluggernaut

October 20th, 2009
9:35 am

make it legal to clothesline refs. that’ll keep em in line.

Maddog

October 20th, 2009
9:36 am

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Maddog

October 20th, 2009
9:38 am

Homecooking is alive and well in the SEC. I have heard the food is good in the south. Now there is proof.

Cuz

October 20th, 2009
9:39 am

I heard that the two line judges are Freemasons and the umpire is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. I heard that the back judge and side judge were members of Skull and Bones at Yale and the field judge has a friend whose Dad once had a scotch in Jack Ruby’s bar. The conference room that they all meet in is called Area 51.

SOUTHGADAWG88

October 20th, 2009
9:39 am

.I don’t see why the kids can’t point to the crowd and try to pumped up the stadium either…these are 18-22 yr old amateurs ..for most of them college is the highest peak they will reach in their football careers…the youthful enthusiasm and energy these youngsters play with is what makes the college game special.The officials had to be told going into this season to specifically pay attention to Offensive players for excessive celebrations because they are letting defensive kids do it in every conference on every team in the country.I would love to hear the ref’’s explanation for flagging Sheppard though. ..he had a perfect view of the play.You would think that this crew especially would be hesitant to make borderline judgment calls down the stretch in a tight ballgame.It will be interesting to see how this week ends games will be called.

LAdawg

October 20th, 2009
9:40 am

The ONLY way UGA wins AT Florida is to blow them out. I don’t see us scoring 75 points because it is a given we are going to give up 50. NO WAY is the SEC going to allow Georgia to win a close game. If we score late in the game to take a lead we can be prepared to kick from the 20 because we will not be allowed to celebrate, in any fashion, a late lead over the SEC and CBS darlings.

jw

October 20th, 2009
9:41 am

Thank you very much for a WELL WRITTEN piece. I have felt that penalies are not being called fairly for some time. I have even had comments from other teams that have been the beneficiary of some calls that were at points that altered the game on certain drives. The problem is if you call foul you sound like a whinning fan, if the coach calls foul, it seems like the team gets “punished” harder! The “I will teach you” mentality applies. The refs have the power to change games, cost coaches their jobs, and affect recruiting. This is not something to be taken lightly. It needs to be corrected ASAP!

Tennfan

October 20th, 2009
9:42 am

I can’t believe all the low class (NO CLASS AT ALL) UT fans on here refering to the TN/UGA game when there was no contraversy as related to this blog. You are an embarassment to our university!

Gov Clinton Tyree

October 20th, 2009
9:46 am

Florida fan here (obviously, if you get the screen name reference). The AJ Green call was atrocious. The personal foul on the Hogs last weekend was atrocious.

We’ve had our share of the wrong end of the stick in years past. I just want consistency – and you certainly shouldn’t be penalized for showing some emotion after a score.

Our kicker, after making the game winner in the Arkansas game, was motioning to his teammates to keep it down, when they should have been able to dogpile him if they wanted to.

I do like the policy of the SEC to own up to its officials’ mistakes. Now they need to be consistent and only call taunting, which has no place in the game. I think it’s easy to tell the difference. AJ – not taunting. TO going to the Dallas star and worshipping his God (himself) – yeah, that’s taunting. George Teague about took his head off, too. A great moment in pro football.

Iceman

October 20th, 2009
9:48 am

2 games, the same refs, making craphole calls in both of em.

Fire somebody, NOW!

joey

October 20th, 2009
9:48 am

Dawgrific (8:49), Ummm, amen!

buck

October 20th, 2009
9:50 am

True but not as low at the UGA football team….

Bubba

October 20th, 2009
9:54 am

This is exactly what happens when money is involved. Powers-that-be are more concerned with revenue than they are with fairness. Watching some of these games and the calls, I’m thinking that the refs – and the SEC head of officiating – came directly from the WWE. Will Jim Ross be announcing the championship game?

Dan

October 20th, 2009
9:55 am

The fix is on for UF, LSU and Alabama. The league has become the WWF. No more SEC football for me. What a joke, and it’s creating a national backlash against the conference.

Considering the Atlanta market is one of the biggest in the country and full of UGA fans, it doesn’t seem like a smart business decision for the SEC to abuse UGA the way it does.

what really happened

October 20th, 2009
9:56 am

Be fair to these officials… remember how they got beat up everyday in grammer school thru high school and the again at the North Ave Trade school. Now that they have a little authority its get back time!

Dawg girl

October 20th, 2009
9:57 am

I totally agree. The calls this year have been horrible and not even just in the SEC. Did anyone see the tech game where the ref litterally moved the ball to make it a first down? It has gotten out of control and if the NCAA doesn’t step in; it will ruin the game.

squat

October 20th, 2009
10:01 am

why didn’t they call tebow for a 15 yarder win he made the 1st down and slamed the ball down and came up like the hulk…sec refs are one sided and they suck…

BIRDDAWG

October 20th, 2009
10:04 am

Well I know UGA has its problems right now, but I Feel and always will Feel that the officials are biased, heck its even obvious that espn hates uga. When we were #1 in country, espn wouldnt talk bout us for hours like they do their precious select teams. I remember last yr when Moreno made that awsome run and hurdled a player, epsn didnt air it until Richt called them to complain bout it and they even joked about it on tv,during college gameday, Oh well. I feel the officials should be held accountable for bad calls they make! Maybe a commitee to turn over bad calls during a game. The obvious ones not the ones in the gray area. SEC appologizing to UGA will not bring us back the loss not will it help ARK. Too little too late!!!!

Keep it Real!

October 20th, 2009
10:07 am

Hey let’s face it they are trying to get Florida and Alabama in the SEC championship which will guarantee a BCS championship bid. Hey this is the south and the referees have always cheated for the home teams. I saw Florida cornerbacks grab the jersey of the my Arkansas players on several occassions and we did not see a flag.

Florida and Alabama are very good teams but they are not great teams this year. Look at Florida schedule( Very easy)!

Their are no great teams in college this year. Any of these teams can get beat. Oh and do not give they were not ready or the bulldogs were playing their c-game.

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 20th, 2009
10:15 am

I guess those SEC refs were right about this one?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doKelJl0BCA&feature=related

Sam

October 20th, 2009
10:18 am

1) While CBS has a strong financial stake in the SEC, the SEC needs CBS more than CBS needs the SEC. I am sure that if the SEC throws a tantrum and walks away from CBS’ money, that another league will step right up and take the 3:30 national slot and CBS’ money.
2) I want no taunting or gang signs or throat slashing. Celebration is just fine. It does not have to be done at the expense of another player.
3) If that crew is not suspended, well I have no idea.
4) I do not buy into conspiracies. Too many people would have to be involved and that many people cannot keep their mouths shut. I suspect that that officials were notified to be more careful about the celebration penalty so now they have swung the other way.
5) I did not see the CBS piece contrasting Tebow celebrations. Wish I had. Anyone have a link?

athensdawg

October 20th, 2009
10:23 am

glad to see the refs are providing fodder for a bye week tuesday…..please.

this discussion is for people who are looking for excuses.

The facts are plain.

1. Had the arkansas reciever not dropped that touchdown pass in the second qtr, they would have won 27-23. The kid had it in his breadbasket, and couldn’t haul it in. You can’t make that kind of play, on the road in the SEC, you don’t deserve to win.

2. Had Georgia played defense and special teams like a well coached, disciplined football team, they would have won vs LSU… Lord knows reams of paper have been written about this one already.

Let’s not deflect the blame here, or start speaking of vast conspiracy theories. Arkansas didn’t get the job done, and neither did UGA. The fans don’t need to start blaming the refs to justify why their team does not live up to their expectations.

It is what it is….you deal with the things that are under your control (catching passes, playing defense, playing special teams) and everything takes care of itself.

Had that happened, we would be talking about Ga/Fla being a potential semi-final for the eastern conference representative in the dome.

scott

October 20th, 2009
10:25 am

Do you have the SEC Officials office email or that of Redding? They have been well insulated – they should hear from supporters of SEC Football – it might make them more accountable.

JB

October 20th, 2009
10:30 am

Well, we need to go back to winning by 4 or 5 TD’s so they can’t stop us. that’s the only Answer. ANY tight game with Florida and Bama by any SEC team has to be closely examined. They might be a little hesitate now after all the stories…………but I doubt it…………………It’s big money, throw the damn flag is their motto.

murfdawg

October 20th, 2009
10:33 am

Bill,
Marc Curles was the official in the Bama game in 2008 who threw the flag for a phantom blow to the head on JPW that negated a turnover on Bama’s first drive. Bama was a better team,period. My point is, this call was simply a judgement call made by one official who thought he saw something. I thought it was a bad call then and it is a bad call now. Marc Curles was a poor official then and is a terrible official now.

BIRDDAWG

October 20th, 2009
10:33 am

I said it on the other bog and ill say it on this one. This is about the SEC officials bad play calling, not UGA bad playing. WE ALL know if UGA would have played better and not put ourselves in that position then we would have won the LSU game, OSU, etc. But when the its a close game and the officials can do something to help out their team they will in fact do it. Examples givin are too obvious!! How a bout in the GT game the ball mysteriously move foward three inches, come on man!! thats obvious!!!! of course that had no affect on the game but still obvious. How about the ARK/FL game, obvious offensive pass interference from FL and then the bad call on the ARK player for colliding with FL player who in fact ran in to the ARK player.

Arkansas TD club

October 20th, 2009
10:33 am

123456789

October 20th, 2009
10:34 am

The SEC (_______________________) [fill in the blank]
has sunk to a new low.

Just pick a category…ANY category:

*Player behavior
*Fan behavior (gotta pick up that trash)
*Academic standards
*Sports journalism
*Team Rankings
*Kool Aid supply (reality setting in)
*Officiating
*Legitimacy of referee-orchestrated Wins & Losses
*Credibility of Tony Barnahrt
* etc. etc. etc.
*

JimBeam

October 20th, 2009
10:34 am

What the farge! Its outragous that they put techies in SEC officiating. They are one of our key rivals. Do you really think they will calla fair game against UGA?????. this explains what has been happening to my beloved Dawgs. EVERYONE knows that we would have won the LSU game if not for the officials!!! Can you imagene if we had won that game what a boost it would be for our team – we might have handled the TN game w/more confidence and probably would have won that game also. We wouldnt becomplaining about our record if we moved 2 Ls to the W colum would we. see my point? Lets get these dam insects out of our officiating and get some DAWGS in there, or at least some SEC people. GO DAWGS!!!!

Dan

October 20th, 2009
10:36 am

It’s only football! There are bigger and more important things in life! And remember, most of these officials have full time jobs during the week, get paid very little, and do not get the days and days of training that players get. As for celebrations, let your performance do the talking and quit playing to the crowd or the TV. It’s called discipline. Don’t do it and it won’t get called.

I would like to see some of you yahoos even try to officiate a collegiate game. Then your outlook might be different.

Ramblin Wrecker

October 20th, 2009
10:40 am

Mr. King,

Its funny that when you have a bad team how people start looking for other culprits to blame other than admitting they just have a bad team. You lost to LSU because you suck. For three and a half quarters you laid an egg and you want to place some blame on the officials for the loss. Gimme a freakin break. They didn’t take any points off the board and last time I checked, Charles Scott didn’t have a defender anywhere near him on his long TD run, so those extra 15 yards they got on the kickoff are irrelevant, he would have run untouched another 15 yards and still scored.

And it really blows me away that fans of one of the most penalized teams in the country could possibly blame the officials for the utter lack of discipline that their team has. Mark Richt shrugs it off week after week and gives the most uninspired “we need to work on that” speech that I’ve ever heard. It’s called a mirror. You look in it and realize where the blame belongs.

JimBeamIsDrunk

October 20th, 2009
10:45 am

Hey Beamer, you been sampling too much of your product? Yes we have a problem in officiating but let’s not go to consipiracy theories and exaggerations to explain the outcome of the whole game. Yes the LSU call on AJ was atrocious, and yes everyone knows that. But we don’t know if that would’ve cost us the game. That’s a stretch although the call put us at an extreme disadvantage. And the UT game? You must have missed that game because we were plain awful and would have lost that game with or without bad zebras. So either get off the sauce or lighten up.

Burdell

October 20th, 2009
10:47 am

Nice link RAMBLE ON! I wanted to follow that ref home that day….

uuughh...

October 20th, 2009
10:56 am

SplashDaddy brings up a good point. The Florida Receivers must be coached to do exactly what is described in that post…because they all do it and it is dirty. When they make their cut in the route they are running, they pull the DB’s jersey the opposite direction. I saw that play and it reminded me of several similar plays from last year. One in the UGA FLA game in particular comes to mind. To the officials: A WR PULLING A DB OUT OF THE WAY, MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE DB TO DEFEND THE PASS OR MAKE A PLAY ON THE BALL IS OFFENSIVE PASS INTERFERENCE.

Sting'Em

October 20th, 2009
11:00 am

Yep, we put our Tech men into the SEC just to put down the mangy pups. Wow, you guys figured that out all by yourselfs? Amazing. hehehehehe

Bill King

October 20th, 2009
11:05 am

Burdell:

As is plainly stated in the bio that accompanies this blog, I’m a UGA grad. And proud of it.

Jerry

October 20th, 2009
11:06 am

Tim Donaghy will be applying for a job if any vacancies come open.

Dr M

October 20th, 2009
11:09 am

Northern Sympathizer

October 20th, 2009
11:09 am

The SEC has the best football players in America and the worst officials. Where do they find these guys?

Eric

October 20th, 2009
11:32 am

I’m sick to death of Tim Tebow. I’d give him a trophy just to go the fck away.

Dann

October 20th, 2009
11:35 am

I am tired of the SEC saying “it is a judgment call.” OF COURSE IT’S A JUDGMENT CALL. REFS ARE PAID TO USE THEIR JUDGMENT. TELL US WHETHER OR NOT IT WAS GRADED AS GOOD JUDGMENT OR BAD JUDGMENT.

Their response is like telling us it’s a cop’s job to write a ticket when we are asking why it was written. The SEC needs to release the plays that are submitted to it for review, and release the grades of each of the officials.

shane#1

October 20th, 2009
11:53 am

athensdawg, good post and I agree with you. The way to win a game is to play better football than your opponent. However, there is a growing opinion amoung many SEC fans that the rules are not being applied equally. Thinly veiled, and some not so thinly veiled, hints at racism are being made in the media regarding SEC officials. This cannot be allowed to continue or I see massive problems ahead that could taint the SEC and southern football in general. Because Blacks were barred from major college sports for so long those institutions will be held to a higher standard for equality of calls than the rest of the country. As unfair as we southern fans may think that mindset is, it is a reality. Tebow’s celebrations not being called and a phantom celebration being called on A. J. Green opened the door for more trouble than any of us fans wants. The SEC must correct this perception of bias now, because rest assured, if they do not the perception of bias will become the reality.

B. Lewis

October 20th, 2009
11:58 am

Oh stop whining.

will

October 20th, 2009
12:21 pm

Some observations:
1. Many sports fans, particularly college fans, have their identities so closely merged with their teams that any perceived slight or injustice is a sacrilege.
2. Football fans have complained about officiating, and perceived it as biased against their team for at least the several decades I’ve observed.
3. The quality of football officiating is as inconsistent as the quality of comments on this blog, but in general better than one would glean from these comments.
4. Football officiating is inexact; sometimes judgment is made even more difficult by the wording of the rules. (Read Rule 9 on unsportsmanlike contact.)
5. Children see basic principles clearly, for example “it takes one to know one.” Is imputing nefarious motives a reflection of one’s own dishonesty?
6. In the end, it really is just a game.

Double dawg down

October 20th, 2009
12:27 pm

the towel was not just any towel… it was removed from J. Cox uniform by the defender and thrown in the air as he jumped up and down and celebrated a mighty fine play. Not much judgement involved when one player removes an article of another players uniform and throws it in the air.

Jillian

October 20th, 2009
1:07 pm

First off, I will agree that there have been more than acceptable amount of bs calls by the officials, including the Arkansas vs Florida (and I’m a Florida Alumni) however by simply stating how much can Tebow get away with and how Florida’s ratings are gold is a little much. We are undeniably one of the best teams in the country(and I dont say the best b/c I dont think we are at this point, especially with our offense!), and to assume that they will get their trifecta at the Florida vs GA game is very presumptive. When in all actuality Florida holds the highest penalty record when it comes to the FL vs GA game. Also..in reference to the first comment that the SEC is doing their best to make it Gators vs Tide in Atlanta, the SEC isn’t doing that, the teams are. Who else even remotely compares to those to teams that has earned that right?? There is a thin line between common sense and ignorance, some people need to learn the difference. Final note-”THOSE WHO CAN’T, COMPLAIN!!” GO GATORS!

mom3

October 20th, 2009
1:18 pm

Please, if the most intelligent comment you can make on this subject is to repeat the score of a game, go and play in your own sandbox.

Jillian

October 20th, 2009
1:25 pm

ALSO IN REFERENCE TO:
dawgrific
October 20th, 2009
8:49 am

Tebow is a blatant hypocrite when he is out there “hot-dogging” and “gator-chomping” in people’s faces-with no call mind you, all the while being played up and talking like he is God’s 3rd son (behind JC and obama). The inconsistency and unfiarness are putrid, and it has to stop. It has gotten to the point that EVERY time UGA makes a big play I worry that a flag is coming, especially if they show, in any way, that they are happy or excited. Any yes, the back-to-back BS calls that GIFT-WRAPPED a td for the gators made me just as sick as if it was MY Dawgs on the field. The uncalled Vandy “towel throw” was comical as well, as the Dawgs may have had an ejection if they had done that.

TIM TEBOW DOES NOT MAKE THE CALLS…OFFICIALS DO…..TIM TEBOW DOESN’T CALL HIMSELF GOD’S 3RD SON…THE OFFICIALS/ANNOUNCERS/MEDIA DOES….DON’T MAKE IGNORANT STATEMENTS ABOUT HOW TEBOW IS HYPOCRITICAL WHEN OBVIOUSLY HE’S NOT…AM I SAYING HE DOESN’T SHOW BOAT?? NO..IM SIMPLY SAYING HE DOESNT MAKE THOSE STATEMENTS, AND UNTIL U SEE HIM IN BLACK & WHITE ON THE FIELD WITH A WHISTLE OR BEHIND A DESK W/A CAMERA IN FRONT OF HIM LEARN HOW TO REPHRASE YOUR COMMENTS.

HawgFan

October 20th, 2009
1:29 pm

Wow, after all these years I’m on the side of UGA. Sweet. Here’s the problem, folks. If these refs were disciplined or fired then they would go public with what I now believe to be true (until Saturday I would have just stayed with incompent). The fix is in. The fact the UA/Florida game has been pulled and replays will not be shown anymore tells one all you need to know.

Those commenting that if Hogs or Dogs make this play or that play then they win the game are correct. That’s not the point. Next season if either of us are undefeated and in top 5 next year AND we are getting the calls then you know it’s SEC agenda to protect the highest rated teams.

uuughh...

October 20th, 2009
1:30 pm

Hey Jillian…I believe the saying is “those who can’t do, teach.” Just the same, it is easy to say that way up there on your perch atop the polls, on the receiving end of every bad call, benefitting every time the refs turn a blind eye, and getting as much love as any team has ever ever gotten from the likes of the impartial World Wide Leader in sports. Last years UGA FL game was an embarassment of officiating…starting with the very first play of the game when Brandon Spikes tackled Knowshon for a loss and lay on top of him for 10 seconds screaming in his face. If Rashad Jones does the same to the savior Tebow, he would not only be ejected from the game but taken outside of the stadium and executed on the spot by Penn Wagers.

That same trend has followed us into this year. See AJ’s TD catch (worth 6 points in a close game) against ASU. See Jones’ legal hits on the now suspended OSU receiver. See AJ’s celebration penalty…and so on. Once or Twice a season getting burned by a bad call is one thing…but this has been a several year trend.

When you always get all the breaks and close calls, it is too easy to look down on the other person and call them whiners and complainers. Let’s trade places and see how pompous you are then.

Thanks for the condescension!!

uuughh...

October 20th, 2009
1:51 pm

Further…this is the same attitude by Florida fans that makes me dispise them. Spurrier instilled this awful sense of entitlement in their fanbase and frankly it is disgusting. Urban Meyer, I believe, is a great coach. Tim Tebow is a fantastic player maybe the best ever…but the 24-7 love fest has really gotten old.

Personally, I can’t wait until Tebow graduates and Meyer jumps ship (probably just ahead of NCAA recruiting violations). Some scholarship reductions might bring the team back to earth for a few years…but, alas, their fans will still be that same a__hole that passes you on the road with the awful gator sticker the size of the entire rear truck window (plus 6 smaller stickers on the bumper and tailgate) driving too fast for the amount of traffic and showing a total disregard for anyone else on the road.

Jillian, if you live in Georgia, we don’t need you here–thanks.

Jillian

October 20th, 2009
1:52 pm

Hey Uuugghh…maybe you should go back and read a bit.I CLEARLY stated that there has been more than an acceptable amount of bad calls made this year, and EVERY year by the officials. I’m not defending them by ANY means. I can’t remember UGA complaining about bad calls when they were on the top in the beginning of last season. I do believe Ga gets some tough calls, but saying they do it because we’re on top or b/c we’re florida is absolutely ludicrous. If that’s the case what was the deal with Vandy?? Because they are definitely not a top contender. Quit making excuses for your teams playing abilities, or lack thereof. Play cleaner ball, maybe some(NOT ALL B/C THERE WILL ALWAYS BE BAD CALLS!)of those penalties would disappear. Always on the opposite side of the bad calls?? Really?? B/c I remember a HORRENDOUS call on Florida two years ago, and a few last year. I don’t recall ever calling Georgia fans, whiners . I just simply think if you had a coach that actually gave a **** about the penalties maybe he’d clean it up,..NOBODY IS PERFECT..NOT FLORIDA, NOT ALABAMA…NOBODY..But sitting there putting down the Florida/Alabama team & fans because of something that we have no control accomplishes nothing more than making you feel better because your team can’t put up the numbers. Again..

Jillian

October 20th, 2009
2:02 pm

WOW….uuggghhh..you really are a close-minded person. You need step outside of yourself and realize that you are generalizing florida fans as bad fans. We are not, we’re loyal, just like Georgia fans, and of course you back us into the corner by beating us down, we will come out swinging. You can’t honestly say that all florida fans are a__holes who can’t drive that’s like saying all Georgia fans are uneducated rednecks..when clearly that’s not true. I’m married to Georgia Alumni and have lived in Georgia since 2003, and love it here. I realize that there is bad blood w/florida & georgia but making comments that are biased and untrue is just, well, stupid!

RJ

October 20th, 2009
2:04 pm

Bill,
Why don’t you tell us exactly where in the Bama-SC game a player took his helmet off?

Jillian

October 20th, 2009
2:05 pm

And..p.s. as a florida fan im sick of hearing about tim tebow..yes hes great..but give it up..and if u think meyer’s such a great coach and then saying he will prob jump ship, id hate to see what u think of a bad coach. meyer will not leave…he’s there to stay..get used to it.

uuughh...

October 20th, 2009
2:10 pm

They are separate issues. UGA has gotten way way way more than our fair share of BS penalties since the Celebration penalty. I think that is a conscious effort on behalf of the SEC officials, especially those last year at the WLOCP. They felt like UGA showed them up the year before and let virtually everything that UF players did wrong that day go. Awful spots of the ball, ignoring Tebow’s need to be the center of attention, several offensive and defensive pass interference penalties, and the most egregious personal foul penalty on the first play. Fine if it is one game but it has dogged us now for several seasons, which is just not right.

Whether or not they are giving you calls to make sure UA and UF play in the SEC Champ. game…I don’t know. I wouldn’t put it past them. I think that the media love that is heaped on both teams has as much to do with the calls as anything else.

In the very same way, reading/hearing that UGA is one of the most heavily penalized teams in the country over and over and over again increases the number of calls against us.

Jillian

October 20th, 2009
2:18 pm

RJ–Washington did it on that 3rd down sack

Jillian

October 20th, 2009
2:20 pm

Nobody was complaining when we heard Matt Stafford’s name over and over last year..1st round draft pick…come on…give credit where credit’s due. After this year, he will no longer be a threat.

uuughh...

October 20th, 2009
2:27 pm

I am only saying that the same attitude–that smug Spurrier ‘your team is terrible’–is something that you, too big truck sticker guy, and all Florida fans seem to share. Of all of the Florida fans I have ever met, maybe 5% are reasonable.

I would never act like your team is terrible…I have some respect for the Florida football team and what they have accomplished. Florida fans on the otherhand are the most intolerable bunch in college football. The success of the team lately has only made the fanbase less tolerable. If you are part of the 5%, sorry lady…but in my experience the odds are overwhelmingly against that.

uuughh...

October 20th, 2009
2:30 pm

Stafford being drafted first is the first time he stepped out from under Tebow’s shadow. I am glad he finally got that chance. And the coverage all last year was about what Stafford didn’t do while it was about what Tebow did do. That sniveling speech after Ole Miss was plenty of Tebow for me for a lifetime.

Terrell

October 20th, 2009
2:38 pm

Keep deluding yourselves that the officiating has anything to do with UGA’s woes. Until and unless you deniers come to grips with the issues and understand that the core problem is coaching, you may as well start getting used to 6-6 or 7-5 seasons and going to the Toilet Bowl in mid-December, while teams with first-rate coaches like Florida, Alabama, and LSU play in January.

This message is presented as a public service to all suffering Dawg fans.

Cool Dawg

October 20th, 2009
2:54 pm

The officials are not being suspended or reprimanded because the powers that be are weary of a “whistle blowing” incident. These guys are elitist professionals in the real world. They are just following the company line with the SEC. Doing what they have been instructed to do…that is help in anyway possible to guarantee the highest rankings and prestige for the conference. $$$$$. Oh, yes. But unfortunately they have gotten so far out of hand with this agenda that the conference is now in the spotlight for an undesired reason. Again. These officials are CEOs, business owners, Doctors, Attorneys, etc….. Do you think that they are going to submit quietly to a suspension or a reprimand? They would lose so much credibility in their chosen profession if they were embarressed by a suspension or reprimand. these guys are elitists who love the attention they garner by being officials. No, the best thing that the sec can do now is to just instruct these guys to back off and let the chips fall where they may. Ironically, they are almost in a position to have to go the other way in calling games(with bias torwards the non-cash cow) to prove a lack of corruption. What a mess. Barnhart is extremely naive. Guess he believes everything he is told by Mr. Redding.

Carl Spackler

October 20th, 2009
3:20 pm

What they need to do is turn this over to the FED’s and check for organized gambling…check out what these guys drive, the house they live in, the lifestyle they live…betting on college games is big time and if you don’t think it’s possible then think back to that basketball ref, or college kids shaving points…a blown call here and a blown call there can swing the points spread, affect the over and under…this is not the best of economic times and people have done more for less…just another way of thinking…the least that should happen is for this crew to be deep six-ed…it would be interesting to review their call making abilities going back three/five years and gauge it to the outcome of past games

ghost dawg

October 20th, 2009
3:45 pm

Fla and Ala might not be the SEC’s best teams without the extra help.

Charlie Parrot

October 20th, 2009
3:55 pm

Through the first five games Florida averaged 5 penalties for 51 yards per game. Arkansas averaged 7 penalties for 52.3 yards per game. Last Saturday Florida had 3 penalties for 16 yards while Arkansas had 9 penalties for 91 yards.

Arkansas was 20% better than Florida last Saturday but needed to be 25% better to overcome the officiating.

The Real SugarHillDawg

October 20th, 2009
5:14 pm

M and Ramble On are back and so is the sickening STENCH!!!

SuperB

October 20th, 2009
5:36 pm

It’s a shame that Marc Curles’ crew decides the winners of the games– or do they? The SEC obviously wants the $$$ from a Florida-Alabama game. Georgia paid dearly for the call that cost them the LSU game, as did Arkansas for the two successive personal foul calls against Florida— neither of which occurred. And Tebow apparently, can do any thing he wants to– and he does.

DirtyDawg

October 20th, 2009
6:49 pm

Jillian…I for one am happy that you, along with so many other of my fine UF friends, have had the good taste to 1) marry a UGA alumnus (by the way, and for future reference, ‘alumni’ is the plural of ‘alumnus’…and ‘alumna’ -or ‘alumnae’- is the female gender version, with ‘alumni’ being the plural for both male and female…or you could just say ‘alum’ and be done with it…see?…Unless, of course, you’re married to all of us, which I doubt) and 2) are living in Georgia. Just do yourself a favor, show a little humility every once in a while, it’ll take you places that you would otherwise never be able to go and in particular it’ll be easier to take the embarrassment when Florida does indeed lose a game – believe me it’s gonna happen this season. Maybe not to us, then again, one never really knows, does one?

By the way, does that 30-year-old-looking linebacker always wear diamond studs during a game, or does he just put ‘em on when he’s not coming back in?

Penalty Wagers

October 20th, 2009
8:42 pm

One official has had more influence on the SEC East race than any player with two bogus calls. This crew should be suspended for the year and the head official should be fired. If another situation like this arises then Redding should get fired. If I were Slive I would make a change after the season regardless.

The integrity of the SEC is in question. This is very bad for the conference.

curles

October 20th, 2009
10:21 pm

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FlaDawg

October 20th, 2009
11:02 pm

100% correct. The officiating on Saturday’s games for both Florida and Alabama were atrocious…not to mention the fact that Georgia is just simply pegged at every game. These officials need to be suspended immediately. Arkansas would have clearly won the game against Florida…but clearly, the refs did everything they could to keep Florida in the game. I think Slieve must have called the head ref in the fourth quarter and gave them a mandate. These guys have no integrity and obviously, the integrity of the game and even players like Tebow has to be in question. Tebow gets away with more unsportsmanlike penalties than just about any player in SEC history. If they keep this up, clear thinking fans will move on to other items of importance on Saturdays.

Nick

October 20th, 2009
11:45 pm

Redding and Curles both need to be fired. NOW. Redding does have the fix in, it isn’t just a perception, it is obvious. We need to get rid of this cancer that is Rogers Redding and we NEVER need to hire another GT grad for any reason in this conference.

Jillian

October 21st, 2009
3:14 pm

DirtyDawg..must you be a COMPLETE a** about everything…can you not get over the facts? 1) sec officials suck,2) florida is one of the better teams in the country(not the best, but better than georgia), 3) not all florida fans are d****, 4) Georgia WILL lose to Florida, no matter how much you pray to your god, Mark Richt…p.s. if you’re talking about Brandon Spikes w/the diamond studs he wears them all the time, but of course Joe Cox will tell you next Saturday when Spikes lays him off his back….U want to be a d****head, then you get d****ckhead response. GROW UP.

Jillian

October 21st, 2009
3:16 pm

excuse me…”on his back” not “off his back”

John

October 21st, 2009
8:32 pm

Very well put. It seems like the officials don’t want to tamper with the preconceived National Title picture. I think LSU and Florida should have one more loss while Georgia and Arkansas have one more win but it’s difficult to say because of poor officiating. I thought that I heard on ESPN that somebody is going to investigatethis crew. Good!!!

Dave

October 21st, 2009
10:23 pm

I had to laugh at your comment that Alabama doesn’t draw bad calls. Do you realize that Arkansas beat alabama a few years back by having 12 men on the field in three consecutive plays at the goal line? Alabama didn’t score and Arkie won the game. You can’t have a more explicit set if game changing bad calls than that. And I don recall arkie fan complaining about sec officiating then either.

The tide also got reemed in baton rouge on a game changing pass interference no call in the end zone recently too. I agree with the basic premise that sec officiating is weak but you undercut the seriousness of your column by reverting to homerism. Bad officiating affects every team at some time or other. They should clean it up.

miss curles

October 21st, 2009
10:45 pm

WOW, you all blame Marc for something like this. He is a great ref and has been for as long as i can remebmer. Yes, he graduated from Georgia Tech but he was the best in all his classes. He used to play football so he knows the game inside and out. He cant keep his eyes on the whole field the whole time. Thats why they have those other men, and he has to go by what they say. He made one bad call and he regrets it but you all should NOT be judging him and posting all this sh*t about him on the internet, its unbelievable and childish. He does his best at every game, including this one. There are other people involved in this and yall should not be pointing him out and pointing out his mistakes in past games AND how you think he is being punished. Believe me this is punishment for him, he is ashamed and just apalled that this happened. He thought he was doing the right thing, but im glad to know how YOU all NON refs think he should have handled something that hes been doing for years and years, thanks for yall’s experienced thoughts on the matter.

#1 hog fan

October 22nd, 2009
12:20 pm

Thinks the refs from the florida vs. arkansas game got exactly what they deserve. Tebow is much to often mistaken as the god of college football. Dont get me wrong hes a good football player but I dont think he deserves as much recognition as he gets. Yes Arkansas should have converted on those recovered turnovers and tejada shouldve made those kicks, but the refs kinda screwed us in that one. Florida is overrated!!!!!!!

Jillian

October 22nd, 2009
1:05 pm

You’re right he doesn’t deserve ALL the recognition, they’re other players that should be spotlighted from other teams, but Florida is not overrated…Undeniably florida is the #2 team in the country, crouching behind Roll Tide….

mom3

October 22nd, 2009
1:49 pm

Jillian – I think that d—head response must have come awfully easy for you.

Jillian

October 22nd, 2009
2:26 pm

d___head response?? Not real sure how that would have been considered that seeing as how I’m a Gator fan..but yeah..whatever.

Kim

October 22nd, 2009
2:31 pm

Get ‘em Jillian!! And, hello, you wanna talk about looks GA fans? Whenever I catch a glimpse of Joe Cox, brrrrr, he makes me shudder. FUG.

GA sucks, GA fans suck & UGA will always blow because their fans are WAY more obsessed with HATING other teams than following their own.

chris phillips

October 22nd, 2009
2:33 pm

This problem will not be arrested until college football ends the madness of every call being reviewable. Rather than hold officials accountable, reviewing calls actually buffers them from getting them right on the field. The pro system in some form needs to be adopted, allowing coaches limited numbers of challenges to calls they believe are wrong, INCLUDING PENALTIES.

Jillian

October 22nd, 2009
2:50 pm

Kim–lol..thank you & Chris-AMEN!!! I agree whole heartedly

FL dawg

October 22nd, 2009
2:56 pm

Born in GA, and now living in Fl i am sick and tired of the FL bull that goes on game after game. Yes they are a good team maybe even the best, but the best will lose eventually, and when they do we need to let them and celebrate with the victors, but this season this hasn’t been aloowed to happen thanks to a group of referee’s, that incedently before being suspended where scheduled to ref the FL-GA game on the 31st. I also cannot understand for the life of me how they can allow a ref that graduated from a rival school to ref a game. Not to start anything against Gtech, but someone that graduates from there is not going to have any respect for the University of Georgia, and to let a Yellow Jacket ref the Dawgs Game is blatently disrespectfull to the U of Georgia. There needs to be better standards

Jillian

October 22nd, 2009
3:11 pm

Born in FL, and now living in GA, I’m tired of GA always complaining about how they’re getting the tough end of everything. It’s always, we’ve got a tough schedule, we don’t have a good offensive coordinator(couple years back), we don’t have a good enough quarterback, now it’s the ref. COME ON ALREADY!!!!!! I have HUGE respect for the SEC, and when my team doesn’t play up to par, I say it. did florida deserve to win that game against arkansas? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! Was it unfair? ABSOLUTELY. but we can’t change a thing. But you won’t see me sitting making excuses for Florida..ie..poor tebow’s concussion or we our starting LB was out…come on..quit making excuses and own up to the fact that georgia is not playing well..plain and simple. I am married to UGA graduate and it’s complete nonsense that some of you think there is this big conspiracy against GA….ludicrous

Jillian

October 22nd, 2009
3:15 pm

Also, let me go ahead and say this..I’m happy w/the SEC suspending those guys, personally I think it should be w/o pay but I’m sure it’s not. But you can’t discriminate on someone’s school when you hire them to ref a game. That’s like working for Coca-Cola and not hiring someone b/c they came from the Pepsi Co. It’s just plain and simple discrimination. Six years back the ACC had a ref that SEC graduate..nothing was said, and I’m positive bad calls were made. ITS SPORTS…almost EVERY game that I watch rather it be college ball, pro ball, baseball, basketball, hockey..there’s always bad calls. Sucks, but it’s true.

FL dawg

October 22nd, 2009
3:54 pm

you can say that Fl fands dont cry about things like that but its only cause there winning the second they lose a game or have a bad season they have more excuses then grass blades on their football feild, its every team cause everyone is a die hard and no one likes to see there team lose im not complaining about the refs call or making excuses GA didnt do Enough to Beat LSU but i will say that two time in my life have i watched a game and felt like the refs chose who won, the ARK FL game and the TN FL a few years back and both time FL came out on top. it not that im even a fl hater i pull for every SEC team week in and week out, but i am getting tired of every one in the media having their heads up FL’s asses its insane how they can cover the sec on ESPN and in an hour spend 40 Minutes on just FL and 20 on the other 11 teams, and FL has not even been tested too much and when they have they have just barely squeaked by. LSU by 10 TN by 10 and now ARK by 3, the only time Fl has looked good was against a subpar Kentucky team. If your tired of hearing this then dont go on a GA blog your asking for it. the point i was trying to make is it isnt right would you like it if FSU graduates refed the FL games? i mean it just doensnt make since there are enough refs that that shouldnt be happening. Will they intentianally ruin a game for the other team, no not purposely but subconsciously they might.

WildBill

October 22nd, 2009
4:12 pm

Well, refs determining the outcome of football games. Seems like a repeat of boxing where the same thing ocurred and boxing hasn’t come back. It is out in the open now, question is, what is going to be done about it?

MizzGator

October 22nd, 2009
4:30 pm

(THIS IS JILLIAN)-FL DAWG–you stand corrected. Just b/c you’re a die hard fan doesn’t mean u can make excuses for ur team. Being a die hard fan takes the wins with the losses. When we won BCS in 2006 and came back and had less than a subpar team in 2007..nobody was whining, we knew we sucked it up. At some point you’ve got to accept your team isn’t playing to it’s capabilities and quit making excuses with them. Just like a parent, 40yr old son murders someone, the parent can’t say well if that guy wouldn’t have cut him off in traffic..can’t make excuses for everyone, all the time no matter how much you love them. SECOND of all…….last I checked this was a free country, and I can go on whatever blog I so chose and type whatever I so want, it’s called freedom of speech, I love the SEC, and I’m married to a die hard Georgia fan, and live in the heart of Atlanta. But just b/c this is a georgia blog and I’m a florida fan doesn’t mean I can’t enter a georgia blog, again ludicrous. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I do think that the refs made a bad call and yes we should have lost that game, and no we’re not the best in the country, but the media is more consumed by USC than UF ANYDAY….yes, we get a lot of coverage, we’re on top, that’s what happens when you’re on top. One day when you guys get a coach with some balls and a good offensive coordinator you’ll be there to know how it feels. Worst reffed game in years??? Auburn vs Alabama..but again my opinion..but FL/AR right up there. Also, there has been FSU graduate ref FL games before….and FL lost…nobody blamed the reff’s then..again with the blaming..getting old.

GatorMater

October 23rd, 2009
1:50 pm

I’ve said to my wife for the past three years that the officiating that UF gets is garnered towards their success, often at the expense of whoever they are playing that day. They are also poll darlings. In no way should UF still be ranked at No. 1 in any poll after that Arkansas game.

Judd Wright

October 23rd, 2009
5:46 pm

Loved reading this website. I was wondering how we can get the schedule of this crew’s games the past several years. There are sevral times whn Florida or Alabama have been in close games only to have possible this crew cheat for them.

Judd

confused

October 24th, 2009
7:35 pm

SEC officials………….now three weeks in a row. How do you miss Mt. Cody taking his helmet off on a live play?? Any Pop Warner officials need an extra job?

mom3

October 26th, 2009
2:48 pm

What about that ‘touchdown’ Florida got, when replay showed that the receiver clearly fumbled on about the 1 foot line! After seeing that, I’m buying into the conspiracy theory. Either they want like hell to see Fl Vs ALA in the SEC championship as No1 and No2, or these guys are making money off of these games!

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I ain't de judge

October 31st, 2009
1:02 pm

Like many of you, I love SEC football. But, all the hooha over officiating errors lends to blaming instead of just accepting the fact that officials will make errors from time to time. A friend of mine is an SEC official. In addition to having SEC experience as a player and graduate the guy has a pedigree of personal accomplishments that I’d put up against anyone’s, regardless of profession. He’s a family man, a productive executive, a solid man of faith and a lover of football. He doesn’t call games for the money but for the love of the game. He has told me, he is fine with someone questioning his call(s) but to attack the integrity of officials is a much deeper issue. It’s the judgement to the extent of attack.
It’s just not right and we should, as people of the greatest conference in the country, should be of a higher standard. Yes, they are officials and take on great responsibility in doing that, but they are people first and last.

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LSU Fanatic 169

November 8th, 2009
2:00 pm

After This weekends matchup between LSU and ALABAMA, It has become quite apparent that SEC Officiating has stooped to an all new low. The LSU interception for one changed the outcome of the game. I have decided after 25 years that I am no longer watching college football. It is a waste of time.