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Geno Smith reprimanded for comments on officiating

Geno Smith

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.”

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6 Responses to “Geno Smith reprimanded for comments on officiating”
  1. couchpotato56 says: Nov 18, 2011 12:58 AM

    Yea, he shouldn’t say any thing but even the announcers were talking about BE officiating. They don’t even get it right upon review. It will be interesting to see how officiating goes in the Big XII. Go Mountaineers.

  2. orthomarine says: Nov 18, 2011 6:17 AM

    Ahhh, WVU-where contracts go to die

  3. chmba says: Nov 18, 2011 6:20 AM

    Blah,blah, blah Luck and Halgorsen! Go back where you came from. However, if Geno thinks Little East officiating is bad, wait till he sees what passes for officiating in the Big 12 (Texas and the Lapdogs conference). Walt Coleman (supervisor of officials in Big 12) and his band of bandits will show them how its done!

  4. phillyb6 says: Nov 18, 2011 7:27 AM

    The referees didn’t even know what down it was at one point in the game… they had to go to replay to get THAT right…
    But still, Smith shouldn’t be talking about the refs. WVU handled this right.

  5. jasong812 says: Nov 18, 2011 11:30 AM

    I don’t think Geno should have been the one to say it but something needed to be said. WVU’s last 4 games there has only been 1 holding call against the competition. 1 in 4 games!?

  6. zurnvs says: Nov 18, 2011 7:33 PM

    Just in case u didn’t know, Luck played at WVU. Just saying.

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