Does Mike Slive Have To Choke A Coach?

↵I wish Vegas had odds on which SEC coach would feel Mike Slive's pimp hand first. Because surely this must represent the zenith (or nadir) of rampant official-bashing by SEC coaches: ↵

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↵⇥"I'm not saying anybody was doing anything subversive, but in my opinion his foot was clearly on the line after he bobbled the ball," Johnson said. "He had possession, his left foot was in the air, his right foot came down on the line. I don't know what kind of evidence you need for those kind of overrules, but to me that was fairly clear. ↵⇥
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↵⇥"And to everybody else looking at it … I had more text messages on my cell phone after the game than ever since I've had a cell phone. ... I'm at a loss to tell you why it wasn't overturned. I have no reason." ↵
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↵That's Vanderbilt's Bobby Johnson. From Vanderbilt. ↵

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↵Like seemingly every single one of his fellows other than Urban Meyer, he's seriously pissed off at blatant errors the replay officials in the league have failed to correct, or insane personal fouls the on-field referees have issued, or, you know, league-wide conspiracies to assure certain results: ↵

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↵⇥"Seems like some people get the calls and some people don't … ↵⇥
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↵⇥"I do know this: there were some very questionable calls in that game that could have went either way and they went Alabama's side. There were very questionable calls throughout the season and it seems they go for the better team. Whether that's true or not, we can never prove that but that's what it seems like." ↵
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↵That's Ed "The" Orgeron, Tennessee assistant coach and apparently a guy who hangs out on a lot of Arkansas message boards. This, of course, comes on the same day his boss got a second reprimand from the SEC for asserting that he didn't run more plays for his line-drive happy kicker because he was afraid of a "magic flag" fluttering down. Mississippi State's Dan Mullen got similarly wrist-slapped after complaining about an obvious Florida fumble that was not overturned. At this point the only guy in the SEC the league office hasn't given a stern look and an official censure is the Tebow Child, and if he doesn't step up the Heisman campaign, he's next. ↵

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↵All this goes to show that the proper response to anyone questioning your officials is to fine and stonewall them. When the SEC acknowledged that one specific crew—the guys who did both Georgia-LSU and Arkansas-Florida—made as many mistakes as Andre Agassi and "did the right thing" by suspending them, this is the thanks they got. Give an inch and coaches will whine a mile. ↵

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↵Is this going to stop? Surely there will be a week in which SEC officials fail to screw up heinously, and surely Slive will bring down the thunder in the form of a suspension for some yapping coach sooner or later. Orgeron wouldn't be a bad start—he's not a coordinator and this is the third time someone on Tennessee's staff has opened his mouth in Slive-displeasing fashion within a year. That's this guy's guess. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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