Following West Virginia’s ugly 24-21 win over Cincinnati last Saturday which put the Mountaineers back into the thick of the Big East race, quarterback Geno Smith expressed his displeasure with the referees and what he felt were bad calls against his team.
“All year we’ve been getting bad calls and today was one of the worst I can remember,” Smith said in frustration. “It’s getting out of hand at this point. When there’s obvious things that happen, it’s hard to overcome it as a team.”
West Virginia was heavily penalized in the game with 14 flags for nearly 100 yards, and for what it’s worth, this is the same conference where officials truly make extra points “automatic.”
I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.
But Smith’s comments sat none too well with athletic director Olvier Luck, who released a statement of reprimand today.
“WVU adheres to the code of conduct and sportsmanship policies adopted by the BIG EAST Conference, which includes commenting on officiating,” said Luck. “We have addressed this with Geno Smith, and he has been reprimanded for his comments, regarding the officiating following last Saturday’s game with Cincinnati.”
Head coach Dana Holgorsen backed Luck’s sentiment.
“His job is to ignore referees,” Holgorsen said. “I said, ‘Ignore them, don’t talk to them.’ He needs to listen and not do it. My job is to communicate with the referees. I do think the Big East Conference — they do as good a job as anywhere I’ve been as far as communication. They do a great job of communicating. Whether we agree with the calls or not it’s not our place. What’s he going to do? Say sorry, or pick up the flag? Move on. Get past it. Our job to get past it.”