Let me see if I’ve got this straight:
- Big 12 officials blow an illegal snap call in an overtime game between Baylor and Texas Tech.
- Big 12 acknowledges to Texas Tech that the illegal snap call was incorrect.
- Texas Tech AD offers a statement confirming the conference acknowledgement of the officiating error and concludes, “I am confident that the Big 12 Conference will deal with the matter internally as they complete the review of the game in its entirety.”
You know what comes next, right?
The Big 12 issued a $25,000 fine and a public reprimand to Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt on Wednesday after he released a statement about an officiating error in the Red Raiders‘ loss at Baylor on Saturday…
The Big 12 said Hocutt violated league policy by speaking out publicly about officiating.
“It is vital that senior administration officials, especially the directors of athletics, adhere explicitly to these policies,” league commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a prepared statement. “It is very difficult to balance support for an institution’s teams while fully complying with the imperative created by schools acting together to manage athletics competition. On this occasion, the required discipline was not exercised. Kirby Hocutt is one of the very best athletics administrators in the nation, and I am grateful for his assistance and support in resolving this matter.”
In an email sent Monday to Bowlsby, obtained by 247Sports through a Freedom of Information Act request, Hocutt wrote that he did not violate the league’s policy on commenting about officiating but “rather provided a factual clarification to bring closure to this issue.”
“We simply stated the the facts in regards to the communication with the conference staff, the decision on the field, and that the play is not reviewable,” Hocutt wrote to Bowlsby.
And the conferences wonder why fans get so pissed off about officiating.