Monday, October 19, 2009
Hogs get short end of the stick on calls
By Chris Low
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
For the third straight Monday, the residue from some questionable calls by officials in games is lingering around the SEC.
If you’re not a Florida fan (and even if you are a Florida fan), you can’t feel good about the two 15-yard penalties called against Arkansas on the Gators’ game-tying drive in the fourth quarter.
The pass interference call on Arkansas cornerback Ramon Broadway was bad enough, but the personal foul penalty on defensive tackle Malcolm Sheppard was completely bogus. That’s one of those calls that drives coaches crazy.
Let the players on the field decide the game.
It’s the fourth quarter and one team’s driving. The official in that situation simply has to show some discretion there.
For what it’s worth, the crew that worked the Arkansas-Florida game was the same crew that worked the Georgia-LSU game when all the controversy flared up about the excessive celebration penalty on A.J. Green. Afterward, Rogers Redding, the SEC’s coordinator of officials, came out and said there was nothing on the tape that he saw that warranted a penalty being called on Green.
There was also the blunder with the fourth-down play not being reviewed last week in the Mississippi State-Houston game, but those weren't SEC officials working that game.