Monday, November 15, 2004
Supervisor says there was 'no excuse'
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference's supervisor
of officials said an LSU player should have been called for pass
interference in a pivotal interception against Alabama.
Side judge Blake Parks didn't call a penalty when Corey Webster
picked off a pass in the end zone after pushing down receiver Keith
Brown early in the third quarter.
"Let's just report it as I'd rather it have been called," said
Bobby Gaston, who oversees SEC officials.
With the Tide leading 10-6, Webster returned the interception to
the LSU 44. Alabama wound up losing 26-10.
Gaston said that Parks' vision was obscured by Brown and he
couldn't change position because he was responsible for goal line
"If you look at it, he's straight-lined and has a hard time
seeing the push and he can't call something that he doesn't see,"
Gaston said. "With the mechanics (positioning) that we use, we
should have gotten that play.
"It just so happens that the receiver and the defender were
straightlined down the goal line from where he was. That's no
excuse for us not being able to see it."
Referee Penn Wagers led the officiating crew in the Alabama-LSU
game and also the crew that erred in handling the clock late in the
Tennessee-Florida game, a mistake that allowed the Volunteers more
time to drive for a game-winning field goal. But Parks was not part
of that crew.
Gaston said he had not received a tape of the play from Alabama,
but planned to call Shula and apologize for the mistake.