If that isn’t incredible, I don’t know what is. A referee at the LSU-South Carolina game this past weekend looks to block South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia on a qb run. The referee, Wilbur Hackett Jr., played linebacker at the University of Kentucky from 1968 through 1970.
Hackett was caught off balance when Garcia made his cut and was trying to get out of the way.
Ha. If that ref lost his balance, I’m a monkey’s uncle. It more looks like he is falling forward, or in real people’s terminology, dropping his shoulder into the quarterback. I’ve watched the play from 9 different angles, and every time, this looks deliberate.
This is nonsense. He might have had a flashback to his Vietnam/Kentucky days and gotten too into the game. Whatever the case, he should no longer get to wear the stripes.
And why was a former University of Kentucky football player refereeing an SEC game? The University of Kentucky is in the SEC. Has Hackett ever refereed a Kentucky game???
Umm, I don’t care whether this was deliberate or not, the Southeastern Conference should never allow former SEC football players to referee football games. In fact, we should expand that, so former SEC athletes should never be allowed to official any SEC sports competitions. It is wrong.
Any conference or sports league should not have any referee who has any questionable connection to the outcome of the event.
The SEC and their referees are starting to get to me. Every time I see Penn Wagers call a game, I get angry. See examples of Penn Wagers officiating here, here, here, here, here, and here. Yeah, if you see this ugly mug getting ready to call a game, it’s going to be a long game.