Being an SEC fan, I note the recent complaints regarding the conference's controversial officiating in football. It is embarrassing and needs to be dealt with immediately and effectively. The suspension of one set of game officials is noted. Is there a larger issue or is the problem deeper? What about the claim of Alabama using tape for field goal guidance?
This irregularity appears to have gone on longer than the current year. A couple/few years ago, I observed how a questionable call impacted the outcome of a Vanderbilt--Florida game.
Florida and Alabama, on surface, appear to be the beneficiaries of controversial and/or questionable calls. Some may say Arkansas, Vandy, South Carolina, Mississippi State, and perhaps others, have gotten the short end of the stick on some calls.
If it is predertermined, in some overt or unconscious fashion, that FLA and 'Bama are going to be facilitiated to the SEC Championship game as undefeated teams, and others are there simply for their use in the process of reaching that objective, it would certainly demean the game, dishonor impacted schools, and insults fans.
As used, instant replay does not assure integrity, it's there for second or more looks, and judments are still human, motives included.
Certainly the SEC in not the only conference with controversial officiating that arises to media commentaries. However, when a pattern appears developing, and distinct repeats become observed, it's time to point out the inconsistencies at an elevated level until the matter is thoroughly addressed.
Hats off to SEC coaches such as Spurrier, Mullen, and Petrino for speaking up!