Oh, Steve Shaw, how I’d like to believe you when you say things like this.
Shaw said he wants to continue to incrementally make SEC officiating more transparent, within reason. He is considering providing a midseason review on the SEC Digital Network of some correct and incorrect calls from that season.
“That’s kind of the next phase,” Shaw said. “I’d like to do that. As you know, these plays are so important to the fans that sometimes a midseason point might not be the right time. But we do that for the officials every week. We have the material.”
Okay, fine. So where do you go from there?
Shaw believes critiquing calls publicly would require discussing mistakes for credibility purposes.
“We do have incorrect calls,” he said. “I can assure you from the conference perspective those are not ignored or washed over. They’re dealt with harshly and deeply at times. But how do we do this with the fans?”
Hey, I’m a fan. So let me give you a suggestion for a starting point. It’s right here: “Four SEC officials from 2011 — three active and one working instant replay — won’t return due to performance or retirement, Shaw said.” Tell us who you dismissed for performance and why. It’s not like you’re burning any bridges. Making the reasons for the terminations transparent serves to increase fan confidence in the SEC office and lets other officials know where the limits on shoddy work are.
Think about it.