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THE FINAL WORD: SEC’s head of officiating speaks about referee performance in South Carolina-Florida game

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THE FINAL WORD: SEC’s head of officiating speaks about referee performance in South Carolina-Florida game

Nov. 06, 2019

The SEC’s head of officials has finally publicly addressed the officiating situation that came up in October’s South Carolina-Florida football game.

Steve Shaw didn’t go into specifics about the game that had both Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp and Ray Tanner emotional but said the crew that day graded out “solidly.” He also talked about the process or review and speaking to the school in that situation.

“That game, and I’m going off memory here, there were 188 plays officiated in that game, and we evaluate all 188,” Shaw said. “We give the school an accounting, especially on things they have questions on. We don’t go public on what we consider incorrect calls or correct calls. But we’re very specific with the coach and athletic director when they ask and we give them feedback from the game.

“I can say overall in that game, the crew from a grading perspective graded out solidly. That doesn’t talk to individual plays.”

Shaw noted they have never had a perfect game. Their aim is to eliminate incorrect calls in what he called critical situations.

“We did have communication with the schools,” Shaw added. “They know exactly how the evaluations were.”

There were several questionable calls that had Muschamp steamed. Late in the game he received an unsportsmanlike conduct call and was critical of how it was delivered, breaking out he phrase “gutless.”

Both Muschamp and Tanner said they spoke to Shaw and SEC commissioner Greg Sankey in the week after that game.

The most notable pair of questionable officiating moments came on a 75-yard touchdown run that tied it 17-17. There appeared to be a missed false start from the Gators right tackle. Then, corner Israel Mukuamu was blocked well downfield with the receiver holding a handful of jersey.

Later in the game, the Gators scored a touchdown on a pick play where an offensive player appears to start blocking a defender well before the pass was completed. That is acceptable when the pass is caught behind the line, but not ahead of it.

Shaw declined to speak to any questions about accountability after that game, but did speak to how officials are held accountable in general.

“There is high accountability in every one of these,” Shaw said. “Your individual and your crew scores impact if you’re going to work and if you do work, what types of games you get. High accountability on that, and it does have impact on the schedule and availability of those officials.”

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Their final word is no word at all, but that was expected. In today's world of sports betting, they are not going to engage in anything that calls attention to the officiating. So we all know, that there are alot of plays, and things happen in a split second fashion, there are technical infractions on every play and could be called that way, a solid game means that they generally missed around the same percentage going both ways, and that is how the game is played. I'm also not upset as much with the pick play, since it does require more of a split second view of both the receiver being blocked and the guy catching the ball. But a false start, and a guy holding a jersey up for the world to see, and no official saw it? That's my bitch, and i'm done with it.

Because at the end of the day, life is not fair, and the quality of man is shown in how he reacts to perceived unfairness. The winners let it go, have short memories, and get back to the business of getting better. The losers perpetuate and use excuses to explain their failures. Florida got a break, and the leveraged it to take our momentum and go on to win the game. We had plenty of chances, and unlike the Georgia game, we let them take it away from us. That's the way the game goes. The Tennessee game was a game, where I saw a team decide that they would not let the moment define them, that they would define the moment. All  the talent in the world will not accomplish anything, without the firm conviction that you will always find a way to overcome. If we get that determination back our men had at the Georgia game, we can win out. thats what I'm hoping for.

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On 11/6/2019 at 4:36 PM, FeatheredCock said:

I can say overall in that game, the crew from a grading perspective graded out solidly. That doesn’t talk to individual plays.

This is gutless and incompetent.  It doesn't matter if 95% of the calls/non-calls were correct, if the game turns on 1 or 2 really bad calls.  That's like saying overall for the maiden voyage, the Titanic graded out solidly.

Or the theatre critic for the Washington Evening Star stating, overall Our American Cousin graded out solidly.

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If that is what is the final word from officials, they might as well not say anything. That was useless. If games are graded on the overall body of work, with each play weighted as much as the next than nothing will change. 

The result of the game doesn't change, the officials might have gotten a slight slap on the wrist, but nothing else. 

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