SEC officials to call Miami-Florida game

September, 3, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Usually, when a team travels for a nonconference game, the visiting conference uses its own officials.

That won't be the case this weekend, when an SEC crew will officiate Miami's game against Florida in Gainesville.

"I don't know when that happened," Miami coach Randy Shannon said with a laugh. "I wasn't head coach when that deal was cut."

Doug Rhoads, the ACC's coordinator of officials, told me those decisions are made based on the language of the contract, which is determined by the athletic directors. In some cases -- like this one -- that results in a change of the normal officiating pattern. Not only wasn't Shannon head coach when this "deal was cut," but new Miami AD Kirby Hocutt -- who has been in his office for about two months now -- probably wasn't in on it, either.

Not that Shannon is losing any sleep over it.

"It is what it is," he said. "I can't do anything about it. Officials are officials to me. The guys are going to do a great job because they know it's a big game on ESPN. They do a tremendous job.

"I can't sit up there and be worried about officials. They're human, they're going to make mistakes. I'm going to tell you that right now -- they're going to make mistakes. But you know what? You have to accept what it is and keep going."

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