Once Again, SEC Officials Admit Incompetence

Mike In ValdostaCorrespondent INovember 6, 2009
The Southeastern Conference has no shame. So what is the outcomes of big-time ballgames are effected by blatantly bad calls by their chosen officiating crew. They get the result they want, apologize on Monday, and laugh all the way to the bank.

Orlando Sentinel – SEC says officials made the incorrect call on personal foul penalty against Arkansas by Andrea Adelson

The SEC has ruled the referees working the UF-Arkansas game were incorrect when they made a crucial personal foul call against Hogs DT Malcolm Sheppard on the Gators’ game-tying drive in the fourth quarter.

Sheppard was whistled for a 15-yard penalty, giving the Gators a first-and-goal at the 10. They scored on the next play, tying the game at 20 with 7:27 remaining.

Every Monday, the league reviews calls from its games as standard procedure. It released a statement Monday saying, “After video review, there was no evidence on the video to support the personal foul penalty called on Arkansas midway through the fourth quarter.”

There also was another questionable pass interference call made on the same drive against Ramon Broadway that gave the Gators a first down on the Arkansas 21. The SEC said that call was a “judgment call” and “a review of those calls have been communicated to Arkansas.”

The questionable calls have led to chatter wondering whether Arkansas got robbed.

The crew working the game, led by referee Marc Curles, is the same one that blew a call in the Georgia-LSU game. A.J. Green was whistled for excessive celebration on the Bulldogs’ go-ahead touchdown. The penalty on the eunsuing kickoff allowed LSU a short field. The Tigers scored the winning TD two plays later. The SEC said the officials made the wrong call on that one as well.

The league had no comment on the officiating crew.