December 15th, 2010 at 11:18 PM ^

The Big East bashing is justified this year. But while Cincy was proven to be a pretender last year, the league had a fun title race that captivated the country on the last weekend of the season, and looked just as legit last year as the Big Ten looked in 2006. 2007 was the year when WV almost played for the national title, and 2006 had three BE teams finish 11-2. Three of the last 5 years they've been nationally relevant, which is more so than the ACC. So if those refs had been there over that period, I'd say they've seen some good football.


December 15th, 2010 at 11:50 PM ^

No, sir.  To me, he will always be known as Tyler FUCKING Ecker.  It's equivocable to a band geek making the tackle vis a vis Stanford Cal.  I'm drinkinging.  If anything is spelled wrong, ignore it.


December 15th, 2010 at 10:07 PM ^

Why are people bitching about the Sunbelt Refs?  They knew most of the rules and the game was a wonderful chance for them to try out this new-fangled reply thingie on an actual game.

That was easily the most pissed Lloyd ever was and ever will be in his life.  I thought his head was going to explode.


December 15th, 2010 at 8:37 PM ^

This is good news. No joke: Officiating is one of the few things the Big East does well. I try to watch for these things and Big East refs have impressed me.

Big Ten refs do NOT and I can't believe they get so many MNC games.


December 16th, 2010 at 8:42 AM ^

I think the main reason we see Big Ten refs so often in the BCS Championship game is simple.  If you read the article, the bowl assignments are done by Dave Perry, the NCAA's Coordinator of Football Officials.  Dave Perry happens to be a former Big Ten ref and a former Big Ten Coordinator of Football Officials, and all evidence suggests that he is good to his friends and former colleagues.

Obviously, they will use neutral conference officials, but I think simple cronyism is the reason that Big Ten refs seem to be chosen more often than their peers for the biggest BCS games.