The problem with SEC officiating, in two paragraphs

Via Ross Dellenger:

The league sees what you tweet. Vincent and Chuck Dunlap, the conference’s director of communication, are responsible for monitoring social media on Saturdays in the fall, identifying viral moments surrounding SEC football games. “Chuck might identify, ‘Twitter universe went crazy in Knoxville! What’s going on?’” Shaw says. This begins a process of evaluation that often results in Shaw crafting a statement that might never be published…

… And all SEC officials are part-timers; Shaw himself worked at BellSouth and then AT&T while he served as a head referee for 15 years. The day jobs for SEC refs range from teacher to salesman, from insurance agent to small business owner. The SEC pays its officials about $3,000 a game, Shaw says, but that number can vary.

So the conference feels sensitive enough about the job to track the real time social media outrage of every Tom, Dick and Bubba, yet pays its officials at a level that would make a rational human being question why bother doing a job that motivates the higher ups to track the real time social media outrage of every Tom, Dick and Bubba.

This is what you get when you leave the management of something important to a bunch of cheap bastards.


Filed under SEC Football, Social Media Is The Devil's Playground

18 responses to “The problem with SEC officiating, in two paragraphs

  1. Derek

    How hard is it to say “we’re blind, stupid or corrupt?”

    The problem isn’t that we don’t know the rules. The problem is that these idiots are ill-equipped, prepared or disposed to applying them to what we can all see with our own fucking eyes.

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  2. sniffer

    With legal gambling now an issue, look for more interest in officials calls. When calls affect/effect the pay out, we might see a change in governance of officiating, no?


  3. ChiliDawg

    If the SEC officiating weren’t a good old boys club, they’d hire a crew of 20-30somethings, former players and athletes, pay them starting out at $75,000/yr to officiate full time in the season with a summer camp for education and vastly improve the quality of the product on the field. But it’s a good old boys club, so…


    • And certainly there would be ways to train, test and salary them, but hell what do I know, I’m sure college administrators know best.


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    • SpellDawg

      $3k per game is a joke. When you factor in all the training, travel, meetings, etc., it’s a “for the love of the game” proposition. I’ve done my share of officiating, even some semi-pro ball (more like prison ball), no way I’d take an SEC gig for that amount. Zebras need to unionize and get their fair share!


  4. Paul

    With all the money coming in there is simply no way to rationalize part time officials at $3,000 a game. The SEC ought to be embarrassed to admit such. Hire full time professionals and pay them well. For the good of the student athletes, of course.


  5. So I wonder if all the outrage directed at refs on Saturdays could be redirected toward the SEC office? So instead of picking on some part time employee with a regular day job, just push it up the ladder to say “this is a billion dollar industry and you administrators can’t come up with a program that delivers well trained and competent officiating?”


  6. Cousin Eddie

    SEC Office logic: let’s just hire two guys at ~$100K to monitor fans feeling rather than fix the actual problem. Then draft a letter to address the concerns but not share it so we look like we don’t really care.

    I swear if they were any more stupid they would all work in Congress.

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  7. TN Dawg

    I’ll work for a $1000/hr.

    I find it to be pretty good work if you can get it.


  8. Ricky McDurden

    I’ve always questioned the scruples of any man willing to work as an SEC official. I know the world needs ditch diggers, too, but how low or how high does your self esteem have to be to subject yourself to this bullshit?


  9. FlyingPeakDawg

    All I know is when a call goes against UGA, it’s a conspiracy, and when a call goes against Bama, it’s justice.