How did the NFL’s former vice president for officiating and an officiating analyst for FOX Sports absolutely rip the SEC and it not become a huge story?
Did you even see it? Mike Pereira, who has provided insight on officiating issues on air for FOX since 2010, took the SEC and Mike Slive to task for what he believes was a breach of rules and ethics. The headline of the article on foxsports.com was this: “SEC has lost almost all credibility and integrity in officiating.”
Pereira claimed Sunday that during the Auburn-Mississippi State game and the Alabama-Tennessee game the on-field officials were consulting with someone else on their headsets about a call.
“Now it appears the SEC has someone that nobody else has -- a mystery man,” the article read. “I’m not sure where he is, but he’s providing information to the officials on the field. If the SEC denies it, they’re not telling the truth.”
Here’s the SEC denying it: “Mike Pereira’s comments are erroneous and without merit. All officiating decisions in the SEC, other than during a replay timeout, are made on the field of play and any accusations to the contrary are unfounded and irresponsible,” the conference wrote in a statement.
Pereira called for the SEC to investigate the incident.
“It was unacceptable in that Auburn-Mississippi State game -- and it was unacceptable in the Alabama-Tennessee game,” he wrote. “If (conference commissioner Mike) Slive condones this and (NCAA officiating coordinator Rogers) Redding fails to investigate and stop it, then the SEC and the NCAA have a big problem in officiating. In my eyes, their officiating staff is losing their credibility. It hurts me to challenge the integrity of officials -- it really does. When I think about it, I’m not challenging them as much as I’m challenging the integrity of the officiating department in the SEC for telling them to use this system this way when it’s not allowable by rule. The SEC doesn’t need any more advantages than it already has.”
No word of any “investigation” came Monday, and the SEC certainly seems like it’s ready to let the issue die. I’m a little bit surprised it has, though.
Around the SEC:
The College Football Playoff selection committee will release its first rankings tonight, and there is sure to be plenty of controversy.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn reflected back Monday on a night when he went for broke like Steve Spurrier did against his team Saturday. Malzahn’s decision resulted in a 70-64 win in a high school game.
More info here on Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs, who looks like he could be the starter when the Vols come to Williams-Brice on Saturday.
Still no word on Georgia tailback Todd Gurley.