Last week was a bad one for officials in the Southeastern Conference.
The Penn State-Auburn crew dropped a down.
An “inadvertent signal” by an official in the Mississippi State-Memphis made for a right-but-wrong call.
— SEC Officiating (@SECOfficiating) September 19, 2021
And, instant replay reversed call (incomplete to catch), but the ball was spotted at the wrong 45-yard line in the Western Michigan-LSU game.
These are serious mistakes in game administration and rules knowledge — by the officials on the field and in the replay booth. As fans scream for a public execution, rest assured; the SEC will hold the mistaken officials to account and those officials will probably miss a game assignment or two.
Each of these mistakes is due to a lack of concentration and a lack of communication. While kicking rules are an adventure, penalty enforcement can cause people to question the down, and there is pressure on the replay booth to get back to the game, these mistakes should not happen.
So, how do officials learn from these mistakes and turn in a satisfactory officiating performance in their next game? They need to be honest with themselves and each other, and get back to the basics on every play. Count players on every play, even you had 11 the last play and there were no substitutions. Pay attention to penalty enforcements. And, if an official feels there might be a mistake, step in, communicate and save the crew.
Finally, it is up to John McDaid, the conference supervisor of officials, to step in and give a pep talk to his SEC zebra herd. Praise in public, criticize in private. He needs to get the officials to turn the page and have each one put in an excellent effort and job each week.
2 thoughts on “After a week of major errors, SEC officials need a bounce-back week”
The SEC: consistently some of the very best football and the very worst officiating in the NCAA.
The sec refs at Arkansas/Auburn are atrocious, and thatâ€™s a compliment! Iâ€™ve never seen as many blown calls in my life. These guys need to go back to peewee officiating! Get rid of these refs, they embarrass the sec!!!
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