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.