Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Yup, It Was Bad Officiating

From Espn.com:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner told Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley on Monday that some officiating mistakes were made in the disputed Florida-Florida State game.

Foley said ACC commissioner John Swofford told him a review conducted by the league turned up errors among the disputed calls made by referee Jack Childress and his crew in Florida's 38-34 loss last month, and they were being dealt with internally.

"I'm confident there was a thorough review," Foley said. "Hopefully this will make us all better in the future."

No fewer than six questionable calls went against the Gators. They began with the opening kickoff, when Florida State's Antonio Cromartie lost a fumble, but was ruled down, allowing the Seminoles to keep the ball. Irate fans at The Swamp rained down debris on the refs as they left the field.

Foley said Swofford didn't get into specifics about which calls were wrong. Nor did Foley divulge what, if any, sanctions would be handed out to the officials.

"They don't tell us that," he said.

Neither Swofford nor ACC director of officials Tommy Hunt immediately returned telephone messages left at their offices by The Associated Press.

Foley said he would continue to discuss the possibility of getting neutral officiating crews for future games between the in-state rivals. The current contract, which expires after next season, calls for officials from the visiting team's conference to call the game.

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