They know it when they see it.

The two dudes from the Pac-10 defending the asinine unsportsmanlike conduct penalty call on Jake Locker last Saturday, Dave Cutaia and Larry Farina, certainly know from experience what constitutes bad officiating.

… The game referee, Farina, was in charge of the worst-officiated Pac-10 game of the ‘07 season: Oregon State-Washington, in which the officials lost control, fights broke out, players were ejected and Yvenson Bernard’s knee was clearly, obviously down before he fumbled at the goalline.

Everyone saw it, and yet Farina and his gang missed it — missed it so badly they were banned from working any bowl games in 2007.

And then there’s Cutaia, the Pac-10’s coordinator of officials who defended the Locker call. He was only the lead ref for the Oregon-Oklahoma game.

Cutaia and his crew bungled that game like no game has ever been bungled — so badly the Pac-10 apologized to Oklahoma and Cutaia was suspended for a game by the league.

Cutaia said Monday that it seemed “pretty cut and dried” that the penalty should have been called on Locker…

Contempt –  that’s what makes Pac-10 officiating so special.  Every conference will have its share of bad calls and arrogant officiating.  But no other conference cares less about it.

Let’s hope these guys don’t impact the Arizona State game in any meaningful way.

(h/t The Wizard of Odds)



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10 responses to “They know it when they see it.

  1. Chuck

    Yikes, I’ve heard through the years about how bad that conference’s officiating is, and I’ve seen the high profile examples, but I’m not looking forward to our guys having to play under those refs because, frankly, I don’t deal well with unfair and incorrect.


  2. Will

    Isn’t it normally the case that the away team brings its refs to nonconference games? I would assume the ASU-UGA game to be officiated by SEC refs…


  3. It’s my understanding that the Pac-10 doesn’t follow that rule. It certainly wasn’t the case in either the BYU or Oklahoma fiascoes.


  4. Penn Wagers

    You know, I’ve always wanted to work out west…


  5. montgomeryaldawg

    they are the only BCS conference with that rule/stipulation


  6. Stephen

    I heard we have to play with their refs too. That scares me more than the game itself.


  7. Hopefully they’ll get their sh*t straightened out in time for our trip out west. Surely they’re gonna be under a microscope for pulling that kind of crap.

    To be honest though, before I thought about it I heard Mark May telling everyone what a disgrace it was. This immediately caused a knee-jerk reaction in me to disagree with him and think the refs made the right call, I later corrected my standpoint.

    What does that tell you about Mark May’s credibility with me?


  8. Kit

    I know I’ll get blasted for this, but the refs did make the right call. They threw the flag according to the rule book, which is what they are required to do.

    If people have a problem with the call, the rule needs to be changed (and I believe the rule sucks, FWIW), but you can’t blame the refs for calling the rule as it’s written in the rule book.

    It’s like blaming the coaches for not running as many plays this year. It’s not their fault the new clock rule has created shorter games.


  9. JDog

    I agree with Kit, the problem is the rule. From reading descriptions of the event, it sounded like he tossed it over his shoulder haphazardly. No, he made the effort to throw the thing straight up in the air, which should be flagged according to the rule. The guy bumped TWO players before that ball hit the ground.
    I am curious as to why it was applied to the PAT rather than kickoff, unlike UGA’s celebration penalties in Jax last year. Is that a change this year?


  10. Kit


    If I’m correct, the opposing team has the option to choose to back up the kicker for the PAT or the kickoff, which would explain the difference between what happened at the Cocktail Party vs. what happened at Washington.