- Dec 27, 2005
I doubt it. But, if a story suddenly appears that says the opposite, I wouldn’t be surprised. Our world, including college football, gets stranger every year.
At least it looks that way. Other teams get flagged for doing once the thing Auburn did the whole game.There is absolutely NO EXCUSE for getting a Review wrong! IMHO, that stinks of corruption...
One of the many instances that I remember was watching LSU get hosed in 2010 at jerdin-hair-dye on an onside kick attempt by awbern. The kicker touched the ball 9-1/2 yards down field. Replay clearly showed this and guess what? Yep, the Replay official gave it to awbern.
The point is that these "biased" calls are more prevalent in that cesspool stadium than at any other venue in all of CFB.
Sorry, but this is more than coincidental, IMHO!
Where there is smoke, there is fire. So are you saying that if you can't actually see the fire, it doesn't exist? Proving anything like that is difficult because it would be done in such a manner to keep it from being detected. They probably wouldn't want to be taxed on this "income", so it really has to be done in the most untraceable way possible. (Pat Dye was good at that, by the way.)If you're going to even insinuate referees are crooked, you better bring some actual hard evidence.
There is certainly a greater potential for this to happen now...And for the record, with the NIL deals allowed now, I expect to see sports betting and NIL deals getting intertwined, with some players affecting games in the future. I hope to be wrong, but money always finds a way.
And the reason it is not being done - who knows?- is only fueling the corruption argument. They know how to eliminate all of this but they choose not to, and their reasoning only fuels the fire. Does “human element “ mean you won’t relinquish your ultimate control of the game? Say you’ll tolerate gross incompetence and likely corruption without saying you’ll tolerate gross incompetence and likely corruption.I have known one CFB D-1 football official. He was also the President of a smaller university and a quality person all the way around. We had several discussions about officiating and he helped me see how really difficult it is, with the speed, angles, etc. They are often too close to the action to fully see what is going on...
That being said, there is no excuse for not have reviews and policies to enhance development and performance.
There may be corruption at many levels if CF, but we have no idea. That's different than asking the wrong question "are referees crooked?", which is basically pasting all referees as on the take. Nobody here knows, nor has anybody here posted any real digging to link serially bad/opportunistic officiating to any official or specific group of officials/replay booths. Is there someone above the officials pulling the strings? I have no idea. But again, bring some real evidence we can discuss. A while ago a nice post showed how Alabama was clearly not getting any holding calls. That was some good work. Possibly someone/group with some free time can rewatch games and grade the actual referees and calls vs. the spread to see if there's an actual trend.Anyone who thinks there is absolutely no possibility of corruption among officials, with all of the money involved in cfb now, and all of the people involved, probably think OJ was innocent. They definitely exist in another “reality”.
I am most definitely not saying all officials are corrupt although I’m sure some would like to see me in that light;
Well, if it weren't for bad doctors, there would be no such thing as good doctors...Should the question be: Are referees crooked or blind or just incompetent?
I’ve known of incompetent teachers, lawyers, doctors, accountants, et al. So, I’m sure there have to be incompetent referees.