October 20th, 2018 at 5:24 AM ^

Somebody needs to do this...bad officiating is a problem.  As much money as the NCAA rakes in they can afford to model the NFL ref system with training, salaries, etc.


October 20th, 2018 at 7:36 AM ^

The Leach thing goes well beyond the game officials (in fact, the officials were doing the right thing).  Leach is calling out the PAC commissioner (Larry Scott) and his cronies for their incompetence/bias... which would never happen in any other conferences... nope


October 20th, 2018 at 6:16 AM ^

mike is right.  period.  easy call.  gutless lack of enforcement and equally weak lack of contrition on the part of the pac12 admin/officiating heads if missing that call was somehow an honest mistake.  


October 20th, 2018 at 6:59 AM ^

 He's correctly pointing out the league interference and duplicity with games. There's a growing body of evidence, of which we are all too familiar, that this shit has been happening. They need to fix the refereeing rather than fixing the games.


October 20th, 2018 at 7:10 AM ^

Calls will always be missed - BUT that isn't the issue - the call was actually made and it certainly looks like a correct one - then a "third party" (read down into the cited source) calls in and overrules the decision - and this appears to be a non-referee party. That is really the issue - this is really manipulating the outcome of the game. Was there a lot of money on this game? 

In sport there has always been a lot of leeway. We have players in various halls of fame who have been notorious for bending or twisting the rules (e.g. famed for using a spit ball in baseball), and being very bad human beings BUT the one seemingly inexcusable sin is being party to fixing the outcome of a game. 


October 20th, 2018 at 7:36 AM ^

Since it's been demonstrated that PAC12 refs have cheated in the past on the behalf of USC on the field and later in the booth, it's no wonder he goes off.


October 20th, 2018 at 7:55 AM ^

I'm glad he's pointing out how terrible and dangerous the poor officiating is.  At the same time, Leach doesn't seem like a particular good guy and it takes a bit to distance that part of him from the message.  Still, glad someone is putting a conference on noitce that people see how bad they are.


October 20th, 2018 at 8:18 AM ^

Say what you will about Mike Leach - he is definitely not the nicest man nor the most functional human being. However, I believe he is still a national treasure in college coaching circles for the things that he feels free to do sometimes, such as what is described in this story. 


October 20th, 2018 at 8:21 AM ^

I'm glad that Leach went off on them, and I hope he keeps it up - publicly - whenever the PAC-12 mentions its commitment to player safety.  Because he's absolutely right.

Robbie Moore

October 20th, 2018 at 9:05 AM ^

Isn't it amazing how quickly FOIA requests can be answered if a university wants it out? I always thought it took months because university officials are so busy.


October 20th, 2018 at 9:06 AM ^

Don’t believe for a moment this is not going on in our conference as well.  The deck is stacked against Michigan with OSU being the darling of the conference.  I don’t recall Rodriguez being allowed to recruit while Carr was coaching his last bowl game.  Then you have all of the lack of calls against the opposition for holding....where there is smoke there’s fire.  Delaney is just as bad if not worse and you never hear a peep from our AD. 


October 20th, 2018 at 9:14 AM ^

Leach is still my favorite coach ever.   Wish there were more coaches with his honesty.   Might fix alot of the issues in college sports.

His Dudeness

October 20th, 2018 at 9:26 AM ^

So the head of the conference called the replay booth full of trained officials and had them overturn the call on the field?? How is this not a bigger story?! That's insane. If I heard something like that happens in a Michigan game I would give up my season tickets and never watch college football again. That's the craziest shit I've ever heard. 


October 20th, 2018 at 10:06 AM ^

Not the head of the conference, but the VP for business affairs (and "corporate counsel").  You are right--this is a huge story that was very under-reported. 

What happened is that the Pac 12 has a central replay booth somewhere in California to back up the replay official on site (the NFL does this too, as do the SEC, ACC and Big 12).  The replay ref was about to confirm a targeting call on the field, but the VP, who is not a trained football official but was sitting in the replay center for an unexplained reason, instructed the replay official to overturn the targeting call instead.  The replay official did exactly what he was instructed by the VP, who was obviously outside his chain of command, and overturned the targeting call that he was about to confirm.

I don't see how any ref with integrity could agree to take an assignment from the Pac 12 ever again.  This goes beyond a bad call on the field, or even a biased official.  This is the conference dictating a result based on something other than play on the field.  It's the difference between incompetence and actual malfeasance.  It is, as you say, crazy.

Story here 


October 20th, 2018 at 11:34 AM ^

PAC 12 refs are the WORSE in all of football. I was at the Game on thursday Asu vs Stanford and I have never seen a group of refs call a game aonone sided in my life. It was a shame and I felt sorry for those kids playing. Besides a couple Michigan games I’ve watched nothing even came close to the shit those refs did or didn’t call Thursday. ASU was robbed countless times and it was obvious over and over and over all night.