I’m not about to stoop to blaming yesterday’s loss on the officiating – you don’t play sixty minutes of consistent football against a team on a roll like Auburn is, you generally don’t win – but as far as I’m concerned this is beyond the pale when you’re talking about how a SEC official should behave during a game:
Wagers steps into an argument with Richt, which is bad, but then steps back into it after Richt turns away to continue complaining, admittedly in a heated way, to another official. The sense of satisfaction when Wagers throws the flag is almost palpable. It’s also inexcusable. It’s supposed to be the official’s responsibility to calm the waters, not to stir them even more. Well, at least if you’re referring to competent officials, it is.
The other bizarre thing I noticed was the number of times Georgia players tried to lobby Wagers after he’d thrown a flag. You see players asking officials to call penalties routinely, but discussing calls with a referee after they’re made isn’t the usual thing. You tell me what that indicates.
I’m not normally a conspiracy theorist, but there’s obviously some bad blood between Wagers and Georgia. I expect that Richt will get some sort of public reprimand for his behavior. I’d be shocked if the same happened with the officiating crew. That, of course, will only serve to empower Wagers even further. Lovely.