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SEC suspends an officiating crew

Hey everyone. The Southeastern Conference has suspended one of its officiating crews after it was judged to have made an incorrect personal-foul call for a second consecutive week.

The crew that penalized Georgia WR A.J. Green for unsportsmanlike conduct against LSU two weeks ago (a call the SEC rebuked) also made an errant personal foul call in last weekend's Florida-Arkansas game.

Here's the official release:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (October 21, 2009) -- The officiating crew from Saturday’s Arkansas at Florida football game will be removed from its next scheduled assignment on Oct. 31 and will not be assigned to officiate as a crew until Nov. 14, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive announced Wednesday.

“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,” said Slive. “I believe our officiating program is the best in the country, however, there are times when these actions must be taken.”

Following each weekend, the conference office reviews games from the previous week, using video replays as well as interviews with officials, coaches and administrators.

“While only a few calls have been identified, the entire crew shoulders responsibility for each play. I have taken this action because there must be accountability in our officiating program,” added Slive. “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.”

In addition, there will be an impact on eligibility for post-season bowl assignments for the crew.


Blogger Dear Leader said...


4:58 PM  
Blogger ballin said...

too much wildcat

4:59 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Not a fan of this

5:04 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am hoping to see Caudle play. Burns has proven that he can't be the guy. Rollison shouldn't burn his redshirt at this point. Trotter is injured. Moseley shouldn't burn his redshirt either.

5:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Good for the SEC. The UGA call likely cost UGA the game. You can't change that, but you can make officials think about how they are doing their jobs.

5:07 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

I don't think you can say this one call cost Arkansas, but all the same, I thought it was a worse call than the A.J. Green or Charles Scott flags.

5:09 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...


Rumor was they were scheduled to do the Bama game this weekend..

Don't know if that is true or not though.

5:10 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

I think something had to be done. Four high profile blown calls in two weeks is a bit much. 3 of them were seemingly pulled straight out of there butts.

5:15 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Something else about the Arkansas game - does anyone else remember the play where the Arkansas player kicked the ball out of the florida player's hand during a long run, causing a turnover/ I would venture to say that was a bigger blown call than the ones against Arkansas toward the end. So suck on that, hogs!

5:16 PM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...

Dang! They were suppose to ref the the Bama UT game Saturday, woulda been funny if they blew that one

5:17 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

How Michael? In that case they didn't see something that many wouldn't have noticed (I didn't in real time), however they simply made up the call in question against Arky.

5:24 PM  
Blogger michael said...

On a long run late in the game, the safety was getting juked and tried to kick out his leg to trip the Florida player as he was about to go by him. Instead of tripping him, he actually kicked the ball loose. The announcers even noticed he kicked his leg out, but didn't comment on the legality of the play.

You can't do that. That is cheating.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I'm sure they'll be back in time for the Iron Bowl. Ugh.

JGT - The tidbittage was delicious!

5:32 PM  
Blogger ADP said...


5:42 PM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...

Hahaha I just got the banhammer from
which I was a frequent flyer too...those corn dogs got me very riled up

5:43 PM  
Blogger ADP said...

How sweet would a UT victory be this weekend? MMMMM ... that's tastes good.

5:43 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

What'd ya do jhag?

5:50 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

uhhh, no.

5:51 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Seriously Jhag, details, please.

5:51 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Much respect for ya Mark, but it would taste good. Not gonna happen though. I think UT plays y'all a tough game, similar to last week's South Carolina game, but Bama wins by 10 or so.

5:54 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Later Hotties. I'm out.

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't that crew was to call the Alabama-Tennessee game this week?


6:00 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Believe so Sensi...

6:01 PM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...

Bad language etc. took a really low blow at the LSU fans

6:18 PM  
Blogger Fearless Freep said...

That wasn't the worst no-call in the Arky-Florida game.

The worst no-call was when the Arky receiver ran for 40 yards then lost control of the ball right at the goalline. That should have been an incompletion.

Heck, even Verne called it right. Inexcusable.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Fearless Freep said...

And for my money, no SEC crew ever screwed any team so badly as the gang of idiots at the 1992 AU-UGa game.

6:33 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

So, someone mentioned MST3K the other day. I felt inspired and went to their facebook, the their website to see if they're touring, but couldn't find anything. Just a second ago, I got a call from my buddy in LA telling me he got us tickets to see them Monday night. Awesome how I was just thinking about wanting to see them thanks to the HABOTN and suddenly tickets appear. This place has Karma.

6:46 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Let it be known I'm still pissed at the reversal/non-call illegal formation by UK, and the offensive pass interference non-call.

On to LSU ... again

6:58 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

I also seem to remember a horrendous call on Auburn on a touchdown run in the Iron Bowl. For some reason they called him out of bounds when he was in or something like that. Feel free to fill in the blurry details.

7:00 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

no really go ahead and fill in.
or not

7:05 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

It was a chilly night towards the end of the fall...

7:10 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Obviously you didn't see the 1995 Bama/Arkansas game then Freep.. :-)

7:23 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I hope I see a bammer so I can tell him what Michael has made me come to believe about their coach.

7:38 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

oh, there's one now. FSJ, Saban is a [hatecrime].

7:39 PM  
Blogger michael said...

What did I teach? Wha? Huh??

8:26 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

I take this to mean that Slive and Redding didn't like the other calls in the Fla.-Ark. game or didn't like the feedback they received from the crew on the previous announcement. This was presumably a dead story after the announcement that the personal foul call was wrong.

8:43 PM  
Blogger Scott Coats said...

Is this a step toward better officiating or just a tiny ripple of backlash?

8:58 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Hmm maybe they can to ref for the NBA?

9:05 PM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...

This is my only cyber home now

9:34 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Jhag representin'. Way to go.

10:02 PM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...

I cant believe I got the boot from my other site

10:02 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

nothing was taught, only realized

10:05 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

SO Rivals thinks AU makes the liberty bowl matched against Houston? Interesting.

10:10 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

What do you think we make, wtc?

10:14 PM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...

jhag has found a wild card school he is applying to...Arizona State

10:15 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

UTEP just scored the go ahead TD against Tulsa with 28 seconds left. It's been a pretty good game for a Wednesday night.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Speaking of Az State, what happened to Scott from Tucson? Does he post under a different name, or did he defect?

10:19 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Ebro-if AU wins 3 more, Outback bowl, 2 more and it is probably Chick Filet, 1 more and Au is Liberty Bowl bound.

BTW-they have UAT and Texas in NC game.

10:32 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

What if AU wins 6 more? 4 more?

10:41 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

ESPN says AU goes 7-5 and ends up at the Music City Bowl.

10:41 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

AU wins 6 more we play in Rose Bowl.
4 more wins and au goes to Capital One Bowl.

10:43 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Is this a school night with a big test Thursday? Where is everyone?

10:44 PM  
Blogger michael said...

jhag - why'd you get booted off the other site? And also, go to FSU before Arizona St. Boo wildcard!

11:03 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

well, finally home from work. I still haven't packed. Flight leaves in 5 hours. Sleep or pack?

12:47 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I would hope that Auburn fans visiting other team's sites would show more class than we see from other fan bases. I consider that part of what makes Auburn so unique.

1:50 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Auburn fans' internet etiquitte is what makes Auburn unique? Steve's Flying Cows, you crack me up.

5:31 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

on the other hand, I left my Auburn hats at home, just in case things got out of hand in LA and Vegas.

5:33 AM  
Blogger Arch said...

Good Morning

6:30 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Good morning Hotties! Is it Friday yet? This has been the longest week. Heading off to work for a busy day so I won't be able to participate in this afternoon's chat. War Eagle and Keep Hate Alive!

6:38 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Morning and War Eagle to all. It looks like the HABOTN and the team could use an off week. Then again we all may be getting busy.

6:39 AM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

Hello from Virginia and on my way home.

BTW, FU Tuberville.

7:12 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

Quick bidness trip to Mobile and Point Clear ... don't wanna go ... but maybe there will be a crabmeat omelet and cheese grits in the a.m.

7:20 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...


Are you talking about Tubs great great grandfather Frederick Ulysses Tuberville the great Civil War soldier?

7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have sustained a knee injury of some sort. I have a large area of swelling on the inside of my knee just above my knee cap and the pain goes from there down the front of my knee and around the back.

I iced it last night and elevated it while I slept. This morning it felt worse and I could barely put weight on it.

Any ideas?

8:03 AM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

Semsi- that's what you get for picking against Auburn. Guido is on his way to finish the job.

RK- he was a union soldier, so yes.

8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't remember being Nancy Kerrigan'd, but this has been a long week.

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe I forgot it or blocked it from my mind

8:20 AM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

Sensi, suck it up. we don't have enough depth on the blog so you're going to just have to post hurt and post the entire day. with solid recruiting we should be able to rest you next season.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

Sensi- we don't have a back up Auburn pessimist so like Scottie said, you will have to continue blogging whether your whiffing or not.

8:24 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Sensi, you been around Chaz Ramsey?

8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, but I see Bart Eddins every week. Maybe he can help with rehab; he's had some knee injuries.

I have posted with the flu, broken fingers, and now a bad knee. I'm all over this.

By the way, the one common opponent between AU and LSU is Miss. State.


8:31 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Greetings. The first leg of my trip consisted of a 33 minute flight to Miami, where I was 8 hours ago. Totally bogus layover....and the Miami airport is a DUMP. The more I find out about this city, the more I hate it.

Next stop: Los Angeles!

By the way, where's the AU/Corndog line sitting right now? Still AU +7.5?

8:31 AM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

what about the Dolphins PF? shout out to Ronnie B for me.

8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rod says on JOX this morning that he expected El Toro Freeman to play a "significant amount of time" Saturday night at LSU.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Not a fan of the fish. Big fan of Ronnie Brown. He does an hour long radio show every week that is fantastic (as I act like I've heard it more than twice).

8:42 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

El Toro with significant playing time is like Chris Todd is fine, no?

8:43 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

AU line is +8 this morning.

Isn't this is the bachelor party trip? Have a great trip, but remember - after this you are going to be marrying the girl you love, don't be stupid. :)

8:46 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Eltoro playing significant time, is that good?

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Cincy is right. You don't need any Tucker Max memories.

8:50 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

I think it was the Kool Aid man who got you. He doesn't liked being spilled!

8:52 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Yep Cincy...and why do people keep saying that? I'm about 1000 times more likely to end up in jail than with an STD ridden hoochie. I know right from wrong.

8:52 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Morning Hotties

Love Saban's response, like 2nd grader, eveyone does it in some way, a piece of grass dirt or something.
Big to-do about nothing. Go Ole Ball Coach give em hell.

8:54 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Just teasing you, Peter. Don't be so sensitive. And ending up in jail is really more what I was thinking than the hoochie.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Old cuban gradfather looking type just walked by with a 6 year oldish child on a leash. That ammuses me. Granted, I'm two beers into my three hour layover with 2 hours of sleep, so most things ammuse me, but still.

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason Campbell will start this week after being benched last week.

Good for him.

8:57 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

I love people watching in airports, even without the beer I am amused.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Well it was obvious that Todd Collins wouldn't get it done. I have all the faith in the world that Jason is a quality NFL starter, I would love to see him in Titan blue next year.

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am thinking the same thing, Sean.

9:01 AM  
Blogger michael said...

I like watching people in meetings. I just sit there an observe them, even when they are talking to me. I never respond or anything. Maybe that is why I keep getting fired.

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daniel Snyder is crazy enough to take VY off the Titans hands.

9:01 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Sorry to hear about your knee Sensi.
I never though Vince Young was a NFL type QB. He should try some other position.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I'm not sensitive. I really want to know. Even people who know me really well have said stuff like that ( and prefaced it with "I probably don't need to tell you this, but.."). I'm just intrigued.

A little background about us, though. We've been dating for six years. At one point in our relationship, I lived in a fraternity house at Auburn while she was going to grad school six hours away. I've never come close to cheating, and the opportunities have been far more and for better reason than anything Vegas can present. She's my gal. I like it that way, or I'd not be doing this. I don't have a ticking internal clock, family pressure, or need to commit (G-d knows I fear that!).

9:04 AM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

hooray for PF and jail!

9:06 AM  
Blogger AUfan said...

I hear a lot of optimism from Auburn fans this week. Even Jay(not an AU fan) picked Auburn over LSU.

My 2 (main) concerns for Saturday:
1)The Auburn run defense. I keep hearing how Auburn will load up and stop the run, forcing Jefferson to beat the defense with his arm. Does anyone think the defense can stop ANY team from running the ball? We haven't seen it so far this season, don't see that changing Saturday.

2) Trindon Holliday vs Auburn's special teams. Does anyone feel good about watching the coverage teams trying to tackle Holliday? Me, either.

Taking into account the struggling offense, I don't feel very good about Saturday night.

LSU- 27
Auburn- 17

9:07 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

I'm proud of you "Big Snacks" when you make a commitment stick to it.
But have fun now.

9:08 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Hey PF, just be sure you don't cheat on her, OK?

9:11 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

It was more just the traditional thing to say when someone is on their way to their bachelor party. Nothing about you personally. I said it to my son-in-law whose bachelor party had no women, no alcohol and was just a bunch of college guys grilling out massive amounts of red meat and playing Guitar Hero. (A couple of younger brothers were there who were not of drinking age, so they forwent the alcohol.) Have fun, and be careful :)

9:11 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Shut it, Scottie. I'm really terrified of that possibility. Stuff tends to get out of hand quickly with the people I'm going to be with. Add to that that they've never been together to feed off one another, and the fact that they all feel the need to bring more mayhem to this occassion than normal, and this could get scary. I'm drinking because I'm worried about that :-).

9:13 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

2003 Redux

LSU 31, AU 7

There. I said it.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

So, Chris Todd is fine, right?

9:14 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Later Hotties got some errands to run today.

9:14 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

The scenario you just described is exactly why I said be careful :)

9:16 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I don't want to believe you, Jet, but I won't be adding Auburn to any parlay cards on Saturday.

9:16 AM  
Blogger michael said...

My score

LSU - 21
Auburn - 13

9:16 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Y'all are a bunch of weenies!

Auburn 28
LSU 21

At least I am going to think positively!

9:18 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Morning Hotties. Saw a car with an Auburn sticker on the way into work this morning. That's a big deal since I live in CO (for another three days). I'm gonna take that as a good omen.

Still, with my head, I'm picking LSU 27 Auburn 17.

Here's to being wrong.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

Cincy ...

Unfortunately, I am very positive in my thoughts.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

That's what we need more of. This place has Karma. Let's make it good for the boys in blue!

9:20 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Well, Jet, I hope you are positively wrong!

9:20 AM  
Blogger michael said...

If Todd's shoulder is "fine", we will win.

9:20 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Are you coming back to God's country from Colorado?

9:20 AM  
Blogger michael said...

I'm sure the whole team reads the blog comments, and thus I am trying to light a fire under them so they can say, "No one believes in us!"

9:21 AM  
Blogger AUfan said...

I'm hoping for the best, preparing for the worst. Looks like a lot of bad matchups for Auburn to me.

I hope to be proven wrong.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

Uh, yeah, me, too, Michael.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread UPZ.

9:23 AM  

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