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Redding says SEC officiating 'not broke'

It would be an understatement of epic proportions to say that the officiating in the SEC this year has come under scrutiny.

From phantom celebration calls to questionable pass interference penalties to a touchdown return that wasn’t to a non-interception interception just yesterday, the criticism of SEC officiating is at an all-time high and seemingly dominates the discussion on a weekly basis.

Mad Magazine.jpgIt would seem that something needs to be done about the level of officiating in the conference at season’s end.  To at least one high-level observer, though, that is far from the case.

In fact, according to SEC coordinator of officials Alfred E. Neuman Rogers Redding, he sees absolutely, positively nothing wrong with how his underlings have gone about their job in 2009.

“This is not broke,” Redding said, displaying an amazing ability to communicate with humans even as his head is buried in the sand. “It doesn’t need fixing. … I think we’ve had a really good season so far.”

A really good season?  Really?  What exactly constitutes a really bad season, an on-field stabbing that goes undetected but is overturned upon review?

Hopefully, this is simply a case of Redding pulling out the a healthy dose of hyperbole in an attempt to bolster his beleaguered officials, and some real steps will be taken in the offseason to address the “uneven” officiating throughout the conference.

That’s going to happen, right?  Right?  Hello… taptaptap… is this thing on?

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  1. leatherneck says: Nov 8, 2009 2:18 PM

    It’s not just the SEC officiating that is broken. College football should make the following changes:
    1. Pay the players. Everybody else gets paid. Why not the players?
    2. Force BCS teams to schedule non-conference teams that finished in the top 25 last year. The only way Boise State will get to play Alabama is if Alabama is forced, kicking and screaming to play them. This rule will end the sissiness.
    3. Rotate officiating crews between conferences.

  2. Observer1 says: Nov 8, 2009 2:49 PM

    Of course it is not broken, the right teams are winning. There is too much money at stake to have the #1 and #3 teams (regardless of the names on the jersey) lose. They need both teams to make the SEC championship undefeated.
    Paying the players changes nothing.
    Creating a 16 team playoff that gives each of the 11 conferences an automatic bid and the only at large eligibles had to play in their conference championship game and lose. Force all conferences into a championship game. At large teams would have to play each other to be even considered but should be forced into a conference within five years.

  3. leatherneck says: Nov 8, 2009 3:21 PM

    “Paying the players changes nothing.”
    Tell that to the players.

  4. leatherneck says: Nov 8, 2009 3:26 PM

    I’m not big on a playoff system for Division I. The bowl system makes every regular season game special. A playoff system would make many games worthless.
    There should be a contingent playoff system. If there is no undisputed champion, have the top two teams play each other. Maybe even go with a top four teams playing each other in a bracket system in January, if necessary.
    The problem this year is that Texas plays Central Florida in November instead of Boise State. Too many teams are playing cupcakes.
    The BCS can be gamed. You just schedule lots of weak opponents, and make sure you finish undefeated with several “style points” wins.
    The BCS system is broken.
    What the SEC is doing with their officiating just makes the whole stew corrupt. It’s sickening.

  5. sootekwa says: Nov 8, 2009 4:38 PM

    Woody Hayes said,”if you want to find the undisputable national champion, take the top 8 teams and play them off”

  6. overratedgators says: Nov 8, 2009 5:32 PM

    Florida remains “undefeated” (ahem). Ergo, the system is not broken in the eyes of the SEC.

  7. Observer1 says: Nov 8, 2009 6:11 PM

    16 teams works the best. That insure every conference champion gets an automatic bid and still gives you 5 at large bids. I believe all conference should be forced to have a championship game. If you are in the championship game, you have at least won your division inside the conference. If you lose in the championship game, you are eligible for an at large bid (if you win, you are in). No other team from the conference is eligible for an at large bid. This insure the importance of the regular season.
    One more note on the LSU interception. One thing that ticks me off is that LSU had to challenge the play. How in the world did the replay official not stop the game and review it? Was he in the bathroom? Did he have the conference edict…make sure Bama and Florida remain undefeated? The replay official should be fired. He is obviously incompetent.

  8. Observer1 says: Nov 8, 2009 6:16 PM

    Also, replay officials should not be retired game officials. They should be individuals that go through an education process and pass extensive testing. They should never have contact with game officials before or after the game. During the game, they should only be permitted contact during a replay.
    They should be assigned by the NCAA and never work in the same conference or have the same team twice during the season. They should rarely have the same team more than once every two years. The replay officials now are buddies of the game officials and conference leaders. They have called games with the guys on the field at one time or another. They want to protect their buddies.

  9. Observer1 says: Nov 8, 2009 6:22 PM

    @leatherneck says:
    November 8, 2009 3:26 PM ET
    I’m not big on a playoff system for Division I. The bowl system makes every regular season game special. A playoff system would make many games worthless.
    If you had to win your conference championship game to be insured a spot in the playoffs, how does that not make every game important?
    To be eligible for an at large bid, you have to win your conference division and lose in the championship game…again, every game is important.
    The conferences need to play more conference games and teams need to quit scheduling subdivision teams. If you can have one or two ‘practice’ games a year, then perhaps the season should be shortened. If you want to play 12 regular season games, play all conference games. and stop scheduling the weak sisters of the blind.

  10. robertg says: Nov 8, 2009 7:32 PM

    you have chosen the wrong picture for this fine article.
    you should have pictures and videos of ken lay of enron and bernie ebbers of mici worldcom and their associates at press conferences assuring the investors that all was well before we took them down with our civil rico lawsuits.
    mike slive and redding of the sec and their associates at other conferences have not yet figured out that their long term con operations cannot survive in the 21st century hiogh tech internet age.
    we have noticed significant imnprovements at the pac 10 conference as a result of the interventions of new pac 10 commissioner larry scott and many pac 10 conference member schools.
    the same is true at the big 10 conference, not because of delany or carollo or parry, but because of the intervention of many big 10 conference member schools.
    the big east conference( this week’s big upset of undefeated cincinnati by uconn eliminated by dishonest big east officials, uconn’s previous upset of west virginia, and pitt’s big east official orchestrated appeared to be a blowout win over south florida weeks ago), the acc, the big 12, the mountain west and the wac remain highly questionable, but are intelligent enough not to get out on the public stage like slive and redding.

  11. Deb says: Nov 8, 2009 8:03 PM

    Leatherneck, you come up with two good ideas but stick such goofiness between them!
    Since the NCAA makes a fortune on them, YES on paying players and letting them plan their careers on their own timetable–just as students in other programs do. And yes officials should be rotated between confererences. Neutral officiating–why didn’t the NCAA think of it?
    But your insistence that Alabama is “afraid” to play Boise St. is silly. Neither Bama nor Boise St. can abandon their schedules for a pickup game. If their BCS standing puts them in a bowl , Bama will happily play them. That’s how it works.
    However, during the Bryant era, Bama was known for reaching outside the SEC to play top teams from other conferences, and you’re obviously unaware that Saban has been working to return to that tradition. He’s already arranged to open w/Penn St. next year. And Bama has played a somewhat tougher and more varied schedule this year than some other SEC teams.

  12. Doc Holliday says: Nov 9, 2009 1:16 AM

    I am glad these freakin SEC Zebras aint calling the games on BIG 12 football…It’s was soooo obvious in the LSU vs BAMA, Tennesse vs BAMA, Florida vs Arkansas….who do they think we are ? Dont mistake a few missing teeth in the audience to mean dumb, ya Zebras, or is it asses painted black and white? I am starting to think they really are painted jackasses…well could be my beer..all the same call the play right. What a shame, LSU should have won that game! I am Longhorn fan, but I feel bad these LSU kids played their hearts out only to be sucker punched by a bunch of low down Zebras! What a shame! May the HORNS be you college footbal fans! By the way folks, in Texas, a horse is man’s best friend and ass is a scientific name for a fake horse. Therefore a Zebra has to be a painted ass! Yep that’s why they never make the right calls. You got my two cents on this peculiar critters

  13. Go Vols! says: Nov 9, 2009 1:48 AM

    Not to defend the referees this year, because at times, they have been really bad, but I want to remind everyone that the referees are regular people with regular jobs who just happen to officiate a football game on Saturdays. They do it for the love of the game or because they enjoy officiating or even because they want to see themselves on TV, but they don’t do it for the money. They earn something like $500 per game to be away from home every weekend all fall, to be booed and cursed by rowdy spectators, and then be accused of cheating. Everyone makes mistakes, even referees, and (even though I hate ‘Bama and the Gators with every drop of my orange blood) I just don’t believe there is some massive conspiracy.

  14. woodman says: Nov 9, 2009 7:09 AM

    The refs blow another call on an interception in the LSU/Alabama game…..thats ok though…the BCS attoned for it by moving LSU from 9th to 8th after a loss. Ridiculous

  15. leatherneck says: Nov 9, 2009 11:36 AM

    Interesting stuff, guys. I wish you well. Just to keep the conversation going a bit, here’s a little more.
    I’m glad that Bama will play Penn State next year. We need more of that.
    The problem is that conferences like the WAC (Boise State) and Mountain West (TCU) are getting shut out from playing teams in the big conferences like the SEC and Big 10. At least Boise State got a couple of games against the Pac-10 this year, but that is not enough.
    This is all about money. The big conferences want to hog the lion’s share of the revenue for themselves. Meanwhile, quality of competition suffers. Ultimately, that will hurt college football.

  16. tider11 says: Nov 9, 2009 11:54 AM

    Doc Holliday, I must say you are an idiot. Obviously, you are jealous that your team does not play in a competetive conference. Ya”ll do not need any calls to go your way since you don’t play anybody. Ref calls are part of the game, its been that way since the beginning of time. It seems that you may be promoting a slip up by Bama or Florida because the mighty Longhorns would rather get a TCU or Boise. What do you think????
    A couple of things on Bama. The refs did not block two field goals to win the Tenn game, the players did.
    The refs did not let Mark Ingram run for 144 yards Sat against LSU. The refs did not run into the punter to give Alabama a chance on 4th and short to convert. After that, Bama kicked a field goal to make it 9 points. And last, you are assuming that LSU would have went down the field, if given the interception, and scored. How many yards did the LSU offense have on Bama D in the fourth qtr to support your assumption. Oh, I don’t need to tell you as I am sure you already know.
    And finally, we do have all our teeth, a college education, a job and pay taxes—do you??

  17. Deb says: Nov 9, 2009 12:13 PM

    @tider11 … don’t waste your breath on Mr. Big-Talkin’ Big 12 Big Mouth who’s managed to soil the name of the real Doc Holliday (and that’s not an easy feat–he wasn’t exactly a pillar of the community). You’re way over his head. I’ll just quote “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” a film about a woman from another SEC state:
    @DocHolliday …
    “I don’t know who you are. But I know what you are.”

  18. Deb says: Nov 9, 2009 12:22 PM

    @leatherneck …
    You continue to surprise. After weeks of pointless anti-SEC Bama-boys-are girly-men comments, here you are with another thoughtful comment about the problem with college football championships. And you’re right.
    I favor a playoff system that would allow the top Division I teams regardless of conference to square off and determine who’s best on the field. But Observer1 makes a good point about bowl games–especially for smaller teams that wouldn’t be part of a playoff mix. And of course, as you point out, the BCS make buckets of money on the current system and has no incentive to change. Unfortunately, I don’t see an easy fix here.

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