Really, it’s no big deal.

Between the Pac-10 and the SEC, it really is hard to say which conference does a worse job managing its officiating crews.  But at least in one area, the Pac-10 rules.

… Nothing is more disconcerting, however, than a Pac-10 policy that allows its officials to work games that feature their alma mater.

Conflict of interest, anyone?

The issue came to light during the Arizona-Oregon State game in October when several instant-replay reviews went against the Beavers.

Oregon State fans were livid to learn the replay official was Jim Fogltance, a former Pac-10 football crew chief who also is an Arizona graduate.

He apparently is a donor, too.

A check of the school’s website Wednesday showed someone named “James Fogltance” listed as a member of the Wildcat Club’s “Bear Down Circle,” which requires an athletic department donation of $500.

Even the SEC was quick to point out that it prohibits that.  Amazingly enough, the Pac-10 changed its policy to allow it two-plus decades ago.

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3 responses to “Really, it’s no big deal.

  1. Brandon

    The SEC solves this conundrum however by being sure its officiating regime has a heavy Georgia Tech flavor.

  2. Irishdawg

    Copy that. The SEC should also prohibit refs from working a game featuring their alma mater’s chief rival. I promise Florida fans would plotz if a Gator game was worked by a FSU alum.

  3. Macallanlover

    Bad calls are equally harmful whether caused by incompetence, or some vendetta. I don’t feel any better about GT ’99, LSU 2009, or last weekend because no one had an alliance to the schools involved. The only difference in those games: the first two were obvious mistakes which changed the outcome, and the last where we saw SEC officials would overlook anything to fill the pockets of Mike Slime and redding (outcome would have been the same.)

    The NCAA should take over officiating from the conferences with geographical crews assigned to work games regardless of conference’s involved. And replay officials should have no relationship (different bosses) to the officials on the field.