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SEC officials lend helping hand to Gators

Arkansas had its hands full trying to upset No. 1 Florida in The Swamp on the their own merits and talents.

As it turns out, the Razorbacks had to battle men in stripes as well.

Two horrendous — horrendous — penalties on the same drive allowed Florida to tie Arkansas with just a shade under eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.  And cost the visitors a legitimate shot at an upset.

First, a defensive back for the Razorbacks was called for pass interference in the end zone, giving the Gators the ball at the Arkansas 21.  (Apparently, you cannot actually defend the forward pass with proper technique with this officiating group.)

Then, on the ensuing play, an Arkansas player was given a personal foul for simply defending himself from a charging Gator.  On a play that was 15 yards away from where the ball was at the point of the UF player initiating contact.

Two plays after the second of the bogus penalties, Jeffrey Demps scored on a ten-yard run to knot the game at 20.  One missed field goal by Arkansas, one made field goal by Florida later, it’s 23-20 UF.  

So, Florida wins. Kudos to them for being able to knock off unranked Arkansas with an 18-on-11 advantage in their own house.

And, somewhere, robertg’s head is exploding…

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  1. overratedgators says: Oct 17, 2009 7:08 PM

    Nice job, Gators. Tell me: how much does it cost to bribe an official these days?

  2. gatorsrock says: Oct 17, 2009 7:29 PM

    I am so sick of sore LOSERS. Get over it, the Gators are undefeated. They have won 15 straight-that takes grit and talent. Gators ROCK!

  3. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Oct 17, 2009 7:44 PM

    Come on John! Yes, the personal foul call on the D-Lineman was atrocious, but blaming it on the refs is loser speak. Arkansas still had every chance to win that game. And the PI was indeed the right call and ironically was caused by a bad throw by Tebow. However, Thompson was impeded from getting back to the ball. No need to stir the pot.

  4. gatorcountry says: Oct 17, 2009 7:55 PM

    I live in Florida, and I have to admit…that was the worst officiating I think I have ever seen…hate to see the gators win when they really lost. Kind of tarnishes their championship status, should they make it that far.

  5. melseyinia says: Oct 17, 2009 8:02 PM

    You forgot the play in the endzone when the gator player went over the top of the Arkansas player and didn’t get called.
    Must be the best officials money can buy…or the dumbest.

  6. Tommy_Blah05 says: Oct 17, 2009 8:14 PM

    I hate officials. I gotta complain about something, and I don’t want to rag on the Buckeyes too much without watching the DVR. (Had to work today)

  7. NinerNation says: Oct 17, 2009 8:20 PM

    At least Arkansas can console themselves for being allowed to bask in Tim Tebow’s greatness…they say that spending 15 minutes in his company can change your life…/barf
    …Yeah, that’s what THEY say, I cannot wait until he enters the NFL and the Tebow love train can come to a stop. This game was a disgrace any way you look at it, and Florida does not deserve #1 status.

  8. 79bucfan says: Oct 17, 2009 8:27 PM

    John Taylor hate the Gators do you? Hmm just a guess..
    Go Gators!!!

  9. Obeah says: Oct 17, 2009 9:38 PM

    The officals need to be fired no one could make that many bad calls by accident

  10. Sean Martin says: Oct 17, 2009 9:41 PM

    Cooper could/should have been flagged for offensive pass interference in the endzone as well.
    I think the one word to describe the outcome of this game is disheartening.
    Anyone who is, or should I say was, an unbiased college football fan watching this game should feel slightly angered that the entire complexion of the BcS standings right now is extremely altered because UF crawled away with a “victory”.
    Florida should have not been awarded either of those penalties, which would put a HUGE blow on their drive, potentially forcing them to punt. From there, who knows, but Arkansas’ offense the past two weeks looked great, and it looked fairly solid against “the best defensive in the world” bar an NFL team.

  11. Snuff Smith says: Oct 17, 2009 9:42 PM

    Arkansas defense destroyed Tebow for nearly 4 quarters. Then the officials couldn’t stomach seeing the Golden Boy lose.
    The Razorbacks had this game taken away from them by poor officiating. Urban Meyer was shaking in his boots all game long.

  12. pudgalvin says: Oct 17, 2009 9:43 PM

    Am I the only one that sees a slightly faster Byron Leftwich in Tim Tebow? That sssssssssslow release of his isn’t going to do him any favors in the NFL.

  13. Sporkdevil says: Oct 17, 2009 10:34 PM

    God hates Bobby Petrino.

  14. RickyBurgess says: Oct 17, 2009 10:48 PM

    That was absolutely terrible. I don’t question the officials’ ability, I question their integrity. The pass interference call and the personal foul were terrible. And then to cap it off the NO call on the obvious offensive pass interference was also ridiculous.
    I read somewhere that this was the same crew that worked the UGA-LSU game. If that’s true, they ought to be run out of the league. They need to start back over at the Jr. High level.

  15. Observer1 says: Oct 18, 2009 12:02 AM

    The BCS is the reason this crap happens. The conferences have a vested interest in keeping their teams at the top of the rankings. Florida loses and it costs the conference millions especially if everyone wins out from here on and Florida beats Alabama. The SEC could be locked out of the championship game.
    A playoff is the only way out of this mess. Make each conference have a championship game. The winner is in. That would be 11 automatic bids. The five at large can only come from an undefeated independent team, or from a team that lost in the conference championship game. 16 teams would make a heck of a tournament.

  16. Bystander says: Oct 18, 2009 12:03 AM

    Arkansas had several opportunities to win this game and flubbed it ~ but that in no way excuses these absolutely atrocious calls against them. I officiated for 28 years with four at the college level, so I think I can recognize DPI when I see it. That call in the end zone was ridiculous. I don’t know any of those officials in today’s game, but its pretty obvious one of them is named “Homer.” I won’t even comment on that hit that was flagged other than to say the film and the call can be used for training purposes on how NOT to officiate a game.

  17. rolltide says: Oct 18, 2009 12:14 AM

    This is nothing new. Remember the SEC championship game last year, where Tebow is flagged for intentional grounding, and then walks to the ref and instructs him to pick up the flag? It’s sickening.

  18. samh says: Oct 18, 2009 7:02 AM

    Taylor it’s one thing to inject your opinion from time to time. It’s another to print crap like this. There were calls going both ways but nobody notices what helps the eventual losing team.

  19. jersey73 says: Oct 18, 2009 7:43 AM

    If those had been the Georgia/LSU refs, Tebow should’ve been flagged numerous times for excessive celebration after getting first downs.

  20. deepintheswamp says: Oct 18, 2009 8:18 AM

    who is robertg?

  21. Gailikk says: Oct 18, 2009 9:14 AM

    As a Purdue fan, here is my perspective. Why is it when teams lose close to the great ones, it was the refs, and when they win by too much, it was the refs. I watched that game and I saw Mallet make some critical mistakes and if the Arkansas WR didn’t drop that td pass the game would have been over in the 3rd. Lets try this one, You (the team) make your own destiny. You commit penalties and make great plays. When you fail to win, it is Your fault, not the refs or the fans or the tides/eclispse/luck/etc. I wish Arkansas had won, but they coughed it up by not making plays when they needed them. Last time I checked, that is why Florida is #1 while Arkansas isn’t.

  22. briguy says: Oct 18, 2009 9:36 AM

    Don’t you see what’s happening here? The SEC has been doing this for a few years now. They want one of their teams to be in the NC game every year so they do everything they can to make it happen. Making sure the top teams win (with the refs making favorable calls toward them) is the main way they do it.
    The Big Ten does it too. They will see to it that Iowa gets in there because they are the only undefeated school left in their conference. Now if Iowa plays a very sloppy game, there’s only so much they can do. The refs are the biggest game-changers out there. Why can’t anyone see that??

  23. virtueandvice says: Oct 18, 2009 10:32 AM

    No coach in any sport deserves to be hosed more than Bobby Petrino. I don’t feel sorry for him one bit.

  24. HogWild says: Oct 18, 2009 11:40 AM

    If you watched this game then you must agree regardless of your like or dislike for the Arkansas Razorbacks, Bobby Petrino, Florida Gators or the SEC, that this was just plain criminal. The Gators were protected by the SEC & CBS for nothing more than dollars. With the Gators #1 and Bama #2, think, before you speak, the money that the SEC and CBS have at stake in the SEC Championship and National Championship games. If you’re angry about the MLB and steroids or the NBA Ref’s and their cheating ring, then this injustice should anger you too.
    The Gators will in the minds of all Razorback and true football fans have to place an asterisk next to this win. Had the HOGS won in this same fashion I would be just as upset. For you naysayers or those blinded by your love affair with Tebow, re-watch this game as nothing more than a fan of the sport and you’ll agree that the HOGS got hosed.

  25. bosshawg says: Oct 18, 2009 12:31 PM

    Why does Bobby Petrino deserve to be hosed? Besides it was the kids on the field that got hosed.

  26. Whatever says: Oct 18, 2009 12:41 PM

    The PI call was arguably wrong, but, even if that’s the case, it was one of those plays where it kinda “looked” like PI, because of an underthrow. So it’s understandable that the refs might make a mistake with that one (particularly because the defender didn’t turn his head to make a play on the ball before the contact). I’m not convinced it wasn’t PI, but it’s an “iffy” call at worst, certainly not a “horrendous – horrendous” call. The personal foul DID seem like a terrible call, but we don’t know what might have been said by the flagged player. Refs will call personal fouls for verbal instigation as well as physical, so we can’t definitively say that the call was out of line. I also seem to remember a ticky-tacky personal foul call at the very beginning of the game, so the refs has set a pretty low threshold for those types of calls yesterday.
    Lost in this argument is the fact that the Gators were moving the ball quite well in the fourth quarter, even without those calls. In fact, both flags were thrown after first down plays, so they were far from total “bailouts” for the Gators. It’s very possible that those “bad” calls didn’t even matter because the Gators were moving into field goal range anyways. The Gators were able to move the ball fairly well throughout the game (when Tebow wasn’t getting sacked, that is) and, but for multiple red-zone turnovers and a missed FG, could have easily been winning big at that point. It’s not like Arkansas was completely shutting Florida down and the only way the Gators were able to score at the end was because of the refs.
    The bottom line is that both teams missed multiple opportunities that could have won them the game and there were bad calls both ways (no tripping call on Rainey’s fumble). It was simply one of those close games where whichever team lost would have had a lot to complain about. Sure, Florida may have gotten the better end of some penalties, but I certainly don’t believe that a few bad calls at the end determined the outcome of the game or are positive evidence of a conspiracy.

  27. londonhogfan says: Oct 18, 2009 1:05 PM

    What’s most surprising is that this is the same crew that worked the LSU vs Georgia game a couple weeks ago that cost the Bulldogs the game.

  28. Bovary7 says: Oct 18, 2009 1:31 PM

    God LOVES Bobby Petrino!!!!

  29. overratedgators says: Oct 18, 2009 2:18 PM

    Uh-oh. St. Timothy and crew just fell to # 2 in the AP poll. Looks like you Florida fans might have to take up a collection and start paying the officials a bit more starting next week.

  30. Snuff Smith says: Oct 18, 2009 2:20 PM

    Start watching at about :35 into the clip. Tell me that’s a penalty with a straight face…

  31. george says: Oct 18, 2009 2:48 PM

    You are not wrong about those two calls, John, but you forgot the non-call when the Florida receiver had to commit offensive interference in the end zone to prevent a game changing interception.
    Observer’s comment on the BCS is not very far off the mark. As a lifelong (50+ yrs.)fan, I’ve resorted to not caring who is ranked where anymore because it is obvious that preseason rankings established solely to benefit (illegal) nationwide betting.
    No wonder that the Wall Street thieves believe that betting other folks’ money on derivatives is OK. Our society being destroyed by greed.

  32. John Taylor says: Oct 18, 2009 2:53 PM

    “You are not wrong about those two calls, John, but you forgot the non-call when the Florida receiver had to commit offensive interference in the end zone to prevent a game changing interception.”
    That play actually happened shortly after I hit “Publish” on that post. But, I agree with everyone that’s brought it up. Blatant offensive pass interference.
    BTW, I think the same crew that worked the Florida-Arkansas game yesterday is working the Steelers-Browns game this afternoon…

  33. Snuff Smith says: Oct 18, 2009 2:58 PM

    “BTW, I think the same crew that worked the Florida-Arkansas game yesterday is working the Steelers-Browns game this afternoon…”
    Are they Browns or Steelers fans?

  34. Hog Fan says: Oct 18, 2009 3:07 PM

    If you want to talk about taunting, well Tebow should have had about 5. When he did get a first down he screamed at the Hog bench. He would taunt the whole razorback team. So if u want to talk about the taunting flags, Florida for some reason didn’t get any and they deserved alot!!!! I don’t care what you say about the refs but we got screwed, and all of the Florida fans know it. Apparently somebody else that vote on #1 knows that that was a fixed game for Florida. Look who is #2 now. Yes I agree that there will always be flags, but you don’t make them that obvious. Those were not penalties and Tebow knows that, why wouldn’t he take the game ball if he really thinks they won that game.

  35. John Taylor says: Oct 18, 2009 3:09 PM

    “Are they Browns or Steelers fans?”
    I believe they are wearing black & gold thongs.

  36. george says: Oct 18, 2009 3:59 PM

    Sorry, John, but the nearly 500 to 200 yds. of total offense in favor of the B&G speaks volumes against the referees’ affect on that game.
    The Browns suck big time.

  37. John Taylor says: Oct 18, 2009 4:02 PM

    “Sorry, John, but the nearly 500 to 200 yds. of total offense in favor of the B&G speaks volumes against the referees’ affect on that game. The Browns suck big time.”
    My tongue was firmly planted in my check as I typed that. 😉

  38. riscifiguy says: Oct 18, 2009 4:07 PM

    Apparently the NCAA (Neo-monopolistic, cohersive, arrogant, and arbitrary ) have decided that :
    1: too many rank teams have been losing
    2: of the ones remaining Florida needs to be protected for the post season so there is no question who is #1 (opps sorry NCAA wrong finger…)

  39. jimisom says: Oct 18, 2009 6:45 PM

    Assuming bad calls helped both teams, let’s see, FL had 3 penalties, AR had 10 (home cooking??). Also assuming 1/3 calls are bad, FL had 1 against them, AR had 3. Enough to change the outcome of the game. Not saying a conspiracy, just poor officiating.

  40. leelark says: Oct 18, 2009 7:25 PM

    The Razorbacks outplayed and outclassed the Gators the entire game. Period. It makes me sick to see such biased officiating when clearly the the outcome of the game was contingent on those two very questionable calls. Where were the flags when Tebone…I mean Tebow was taunting the Hog defense? Practice what you preach Tebow.
    I have heard that Obama’s stimulus plan is offering job placement as SEC Refs, no experience or eyesight needed to apply.

  41. Voice of Florida says: Oct 18, 2009 11:49 PM

    Nothing brings out sore losers and haters more then being the top team with the top quarterback who is also the face of college football..not to mention the best coach in the NCAA, everyone else is just not as good…so blame the refs. That fixes it. Not.

  42. baxterdawg says: Oct 19, 2009 1:02 AM

    This was the same crew that called GA-LSU
    when they made that horrible excessive celebration call on Green. Tebow should have
    been flagged at least 5 times. Obviously biased
    call against GA in order to keep LSU undefeated
    so they could have the 1vs4 game the next week-
    sickening to think this is what the officiating has
    become in the SEC. Obvious they kept FL undefeated last night. Soo discouraging.

  43. randasmith says: Oct 19, 2009 2:36 AM

    (As someone living in the Pacific Northwest, I have no connection to either school involved, or the SEC.)
    We could debate for hours on who benefitted the most by referee calls; who really benefitted by the calls, be it the conference or television, or both; what impact on rankings the result should have, or not have, etc. (Ironically, much of this discussion is what makes sports so much fun, but the allegations made here are beyond that level of fun.) The problem lies quite simply in those dreaded letters…NCAA BCS.
    To bring a lot of this unnecessary “garbage” to an end, there remains one real solution, a true national championship. Then, ultimately, winners will be decided on the playing field, in a true competition. Yes, referees will still screw-up calls leading to our debate, but at least the accusations of conference cloak and daggerdom and fixed outcomes will be greatly reduced. Then, a poor call can be shown as it should be…a human error. If the SEC (or other conference) knows they will have a guaranteed spot in a playoff, many of these allegations become groundless. Think about it…you have quite likely questioned calls during March Madness, but in the end, do you really still think they have the problems that football has? The NCAA, to their credit does run a quality event in basketball, but then opens the door to all of these questions and concerns, by failing to have a true on-the-field football champion crowned, at this level.
    Without going into all of the pros and cons, remove the present system, replace it with a true playoff, and many of these issues will be reduced, or eliminated.
    Let’s place blame where it belongs…Shame on you, NCAA BCS!
    Another frustrated fan.

  44. WesH624 says: Oct 19, 2009 2:50 AM

    As a student at Arkansas and a High School Official for 4 years now, I’m truly disappointed in the way that the refs handled the game Saturday. I completely agree that the DPI on Arkansas’s Ramon Broadway, the Personal Foul on Arkansas’s Malcolm Sheppard, and the No call OPI on the Florida’s Riley Cooper were all bad, also if some of you believe that Cooper’s move was completely legal take a look at this picture and tell me it’s not OPI…
    …anyways you should know its sad when possibly the worst loser, the best complainer, and the unbiased Terrell Owens posts this on his twitter page during the game…
    “Refs r str8 CHEATING n this florida/arkansas game!! A phantom P.I. call on #26, personal foul on #96 & no OPI call on UF’s #11!”
    …and then changed it to this as his last post of the day…
    “wht else am i gonna do! been watching college football all day & watched arkansas get cheated & i’m nt a FL or ARK fan!!!”
    and left it on there for nearly 12 hours until he posted about his game against Buffalo today.
    It’s sad to see someone like TO post something about that game not once but TWICE on his twitter page. Obviously a sign that more than just Arkansas fans and Florida haters disagree with the calls. Overall, Tejada should be scared to see me tomorrow in my 9:30 class. I will have some choice words for him, also Mallet is a great QB but has a long way to go. He makes the hard passes look easy and the easy ones look hard. There’s no happy-medium. When it comes down to it, I’m proud to be a Razorback and even prouder of the fact that we went into the Swamp and managed to nearly sneak back to Fayetteville with a win that would have shaken the country. Florida was favored by 24, no one gave us a chance. Aside from having the 4th toughest schedule in the country. Including road games in Gainsville, Tuscaloosa, Oxford, and Baton Rouge, and home games against Georgia, South Carolina, Auburn. The Hogs have plenty of room for growth but will are returning nearly everyone on both sides of the ball. Also…every offensive touch for Arkansas in Saturday’s game was made by someone who will be in a Razorback uniform again next fall. Scary.

  45. Trouble says: Oct 19, 2009 3:25 AM

    Wow… I often forget how deluded Florida fans can be. But first lets get things straight… I AM NOT a Florida fan. I AM NOT an arkansas fan. And I AM NOT an Alabama fan(just for those who think that has ANY bearing on it). Ive seen images, Ive seen footage, and I watched the game… And you’d have to be quite severely deluded or suffer from some severe mental handicap not to see that the officials handed Florida that game. Also, after reading this, all i see are comments about bad calls. What about the extra yard given to Tebow for the first down on their final drive? I feel it should all be reviewed and an investigation into the officiating crew be conducted. If Florida fans really truly feel that the officiating was legitimate, then they should have nothing to worry about. But I’m sure this post will get some negative feedback. The truth hurts what can i say?

  46. deepintheswamp says: Oct 19, 2009 6:50 AM

    again, who is robertg? last sentence in article.
    I could care less where the Gators are ranked. They could be out of the top 20 for all I care. My opinion is this, win the SEC East, win the SEC Championship game, then and only then you might make it to the BSC Championship game. The Gators could possible lose one game and still get there.

  47. poorrichard says: Oct 19, 2009 9:46 AM

    Pretty weak comments by the author. The PI call was pretty obvious (BTW, running into the WR while grabbing his arm and turning at the last second is not proper technique in college. Proper technique is face guarding since it is legal in the college game).
    Arkansas could have made the plays to win but they did not. Tebow and Florida did. The missed pass by Mallet, the stuffed run on 3rd and 2, the missed FG. Tebow converting a couple of 3rd downs and going 4-7 on the final drive). The bellyaching actually undermines the effort Arkansas put forth. Give it a rest.

  48. tampalawyer says: Oct 19, 2009 12:16 PM

    I certainly have been on the other end of this debate [see FSU v. Florida 2003, multiple bad fumble calls], but this one is kinda lame. Obviously, I am a Gator and thus biased. I did not see the 4th quarter and have only seen the replays. Of these calls, the only one that I think is questionable is the personal foul call. It looks like the UF player initiates contact, but as someone else points out, we don’t know what was audible on the field to the refs. Both offensive and defensive interference calls are very similar and show the ref’s philosophy — correct or incorrect as it may be. The ref seems to be thinking that the receiver has a right not to be screened off from the ball. That is the rule unless the defensive player is making a play for the ball as well. In the offensive interference no call, it looks like the Arkansas defender almost does a little hip check to keep Cooper from the ball and Cooper tries to fight through the screen. On the defensive interference call, the Arkansas DB drifts over into Cooper and impedes him from getting to the ball and, most importantly, isn’t really making a play for the ball until after he has screened off Cooper. In any event, they are judgment calls. Football games are screwy — if Florida is more careful with the ball, they roll Arkansas. But they weren’t so it was a much closer game than it should have been. Arkansas has a good team and I have been rooting for them [obviously except last week]. Hogs, lose the whining and keep it in perspective — you almost knocked off the #1 team, but it wasn’t the refs’ fault you lost, especially with 7 minutes to play after the “bad calls.”

  49. FLG8ter says: Oct 19, 2009 3:28 PM

    I love the number of comments by people who weren’t sitting in the stands, and didn’t actually see the game (except possibly on TV where you can’t see the whole field). There were a huge number of bad or missed calls going BOTH ways. On Arkansas’s long touchdown pass, the only reason the QB got the pass off was that the LB was actually tackled (by his ankles) just before he could sack the QB. There was holding on almost every Arkansas offensive play….. and there were a couple that Florida got away with as well.
    I was there,… and it WAS a poorly officiated game, but Florida was hurt by “no calls” about to the same degree as Arkansas was hurt by the “questionable calls”. Having seen it first hand from the stands, I don’t think there was a bias by the refs…. they appear to be “equal opportunity” bunglers.

  50. jersey73 says: Oct 19, 2009 5:36 PM

    @ FLG8ter said: “I was there,… and it WAS a poorly officiated game, but Florida was hurt by “no calls” about to the same degree as Arkansas was hurt by the “questionable calls”.”
    Gosh, this gave me a great laugh. Your team is good, but you gotta take off the Orange & Blue glasses. You can’t expect us to really believe what you typed.

  51. justafanoffootball says: Oct 19, 2009 7:39 PM

    As an ardent lover of all things football, I am disgusted and disheartened that referees are allowed to throw a game. What they did to give a pathetic performance by Florida a victory is truly criminal. Think back to the SEC championship game last year when Alabama was getting the best of them. Don’t you all remember the unearned penalties that Alabama received to throw the game to Florida. If these referees are going to abuse their power, then that power should be allowed to be challenged by a player/and or their coach. I would be ashamed that I felt a need to be No. 1 so badly that I could pretend that this many unbiased observers could have inaccurately perceived those penalities calls that conveniently came as it was obvious that Arkansas was going to pull off the upset of the year!

  52. scratchmb says: Oct 19, 2009 9:10 PM

    Ok, I’ve read through this whole post and in the interest of fairness I am a die hard Razorback fan. I agree that we missed several opportunities to win despite the bad calls, however just because we missed some opportunities doesn’t excuse the fact that the PI, the no PI and especially the personal foul were horrible calls. I read somewhere on here that the personal foul call could have been because of something that was said, but if you’ll watch the video again, the flag came from behind the play at least 15 yards, the ref standing right by both players never reached for his flag, so he was either deaf or he didn’t see a penalty! The fact of the matter is that this was a great game and no matter whether you agree or disagree that the calls were good or bad, you have to admit that it’s sad that both teams played their guts out and it was tarnished by some very pitiful officiating.

  53. nowihatethegaytors says: Oct 20, 2009 2:55 PM

    I agree with BP we left alot of points on the field. But what pisses me off the most was the 12th man for the ‘Gay’tors. When it was obvious that FL wasnt going to get the job done on their own, the refs stepped in to defend another SEC championship title (if they make it that far).
    I have say to the Fl fans that defend this win, you can stay lost in your own little world. The rest of us see whats going on here in the SEC and its needs to stop.
    The SEC admits to ONE bad call, ONE! Are you shitting me, that alone proves the SEC is protecting the top teams. For the Georgia and Arkansas fans who feel the need to express their dissapointment please contact Mike Slive (SEC commissioner) at (205) 458-3000.
    Dissapointed Hog fan
    We will rise again!

  54. The Field Marshal says: Oct 21, 2009 11:43 AM

    Where is the accountability? We demand it from the players and the coaches. Why do we have a system where a coaching official/group can continue to make blatent mistakes without repercussions. I demand more from the SEC commision than the admission of “1” mistake. Fire/suspend/fine as a minimum the referee team and keep them from making mistake “2”
    The Field Marshal

  55. justasiseeit says: Oct 22, 2009 11:55 AM

    The calls against Arkansas were blatant and so obvious that the commentators commented on them. I saw the Florida v Lsu game the week before and there were several bad calls that went in the Gators favor. But I don’t believe there is an SEC conspiracy for Florida, just a concerted effort on the part of SEC officials to assure the highest ranked SEC team wins. LSU benefited on one of these calls with the excessive celebrating against Georgia. I think the whole den of thieves needs to be investigated.

  56. justasiseeit says: Oct 22, 2009 12:02 PM

    The calls against Arkansas were blatant and so obvious that the commentators commented on them. I saw the Florida v Lsu game the week before and there were several bad calls that went in the Gators favor. But I don’t believe there is an SEC conspiracy for Florida, just a concerted effort on the part of SEC officials to assure the highest ranked SEC team wins. LSU benefited on one of these calls with the excessive celebrating against Georgia. I think the whole den of thieves needs to be investigated. Let’s see if Alabama gets the calls this week. Probably won’t need them this week.

  57. ufgator says: Oct 29, 2009 10:04 AM

    Speciffically to ToledoLions. Does the level of your education match your vocabulary? Calls are calls, some you like some you don’t but the villification of Tim Tebow is unbelievable. You do not read Gator fans disparaging Colt McCoy or Sam Bradford et al. These conspiracy theorists follow the same lines as Rush Lamebaugh and Glen Pecker, it must be someone trying to tilt the playing field against my team. The calls were close but many are and many times not in your teams favor. Get over it and move on, this is not Iraq or Afganistan which are real life and death. Insinuating that there is something wrong with a coach and a player showing genuine caring and respect for each other seems homophobic. If the Gators lose a game I hope I don’t read the same sort of stuff posted by FANS of the Gators I read here.

  58. texasPHINSfan says: Nov 5, 2009 12:09 PM

    i agree, the gators had those officials in their back pocket it seemed.
    i don’t think that would have changed the outcome of the game though. florida had been dominating them, even if the score didn’t show it.
    also don’t think this article reflects well on CFT – just sounds like a sour-grapes arkansas fan wrote it.

  59. Dambreaker says: Aug 29, 2014 10:36 AM

    History books should call this “The Worst Officiated College Football Game of All-Time.” I have always wondered how the University of Florida was able to manage or afford tucking those officials in their pocket for that day.

  60. Sec officiating a concern... - Page 2 - VolNation says: Oct 5, 2014 3:08 AM

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