Thursday, October 22, 2009

SEC makes move to correct bad officiating

I saw the news flash yesterday come out that the SEC has suspended the offciating crew that worked the Arkansas/ Florida game as well as the LSU/UGA game a couple weeks back. The SEC has been taking a lot of heat from the media about blown calls to keep Alabama and Florida ranked so high in the polls. There are a couple of conspiracy theory's out there. Such as the SEC tells the officials to help the high rank teams if they are having a bad game, so that at the end of the year the SEC will get two teams in the BCS. More money for the league, which is the name of the game.

Thoughts and options on this matter. I personally have always had a problem with the SEC officiating ever since the Alabama game back in 2001 when the referee would call USC "North Carolina" every time a penalty was called on the Gamecocks. No excuse

By Tom Dienhart Oct 21, 12:59 pm EDT

Buzz up!

The SEC has suspended the officiating crew that worked the Arkansas at Florida game Oct. 17, the league announced.

The crew will be removed from its next scheduled assignment, which was on Oct. 31, and will return Nov. 14.

“A series of calls that have occurred during the last several weeks have not been to the standard that we expect from our officiating crews,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said. “I believe our officiating program is the best in the country, however, there are times when these actions must be taken.”

Florida won the game 23-20 on a last-second field goal to remain unbeaten. The Gators also were No. 1 in the first BCS standings.

“While only a few calls have been identified, the entire crew shoulders responsibility for each play,” Slive said. “I have taken this action because there must be accountability in our officiating program. Our institutions expect the highest level of officiating in all of our sports and it is the duty of the conference office to uphold that expectation.”

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