Chris M. Lindsey

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Issues with SEC Referees

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.

The Southeastern Conference has decided to take no disciplinary action against Hackett. The SEC’s explanation is:

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.


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  1. Brett

    1) Penn Wagers is from Columbia S.C. and rarely calls USC games….hmmmmmmm.

    2) His crew was suspended last week because they blew a call in the Georgia-Tennessee game. On 3rd and 1, they called a hold in the endzone on MoMass. Instead of first and goal at the 1, the ball was returned to 3rd and 1 from the 8. Georgia kicked a field goal. I have from an officiating source that an SEC official slammed the door to the officials locker room, which was not reopened until the end of halftime.

    3) He is the reason I look for the ref at the beginning of every game I attend.

    Which starts a new debate- Who has the worse refs? Pac 10 or SEC?

  2. Brett, thanks for the comment!

    You have an officiating source? Sweet!

    I don’t know whose refs are worse, the Arizona State game was horrible. My friends thought I was nuts for yelling at the tv so much and for knowing the rules as much as I do.

  3. CP

    Well, Wagers and Co. did it again. Can anyone uncover who the mustachioed idiot ref was on the Florida sideline? He missed the Florida hold on AJ Green, incorrectly ruled Tebow’s first sneak a TD, missed the offensive pass interference call with Asher Allen…I lost track of all his blown calls.

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