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Meyer, Slive and the Bill Russell Effect

November 6th, 2009 Comments off

The commissioner of the SEC (the Southern Fat Cat one, not the Wall Street Fat Cat one) sent out an edict last week stating that it was no longer open season on officials. This year, we’ve seen more criticism of officiating than is the norm.

Your Mississippi States, Kentuckys and Vanderbilts have always been on the short end of the stick when playing conference elites, but I tend to agree with Philip from Save the Shield‘s view that this is probably subconscious bias and not outright conspiracy. Well, Lane Kiffin (Tennessee) and others started promoting the idea that it was outright conspiracy and an effort to get Florida and Bama into the Georgia Dome undefeated. Dan Mullen (MSU) and Kiffin were each reprimanded, though the SEC ignored the very valid complaints of Bobby Johnson (Vanderbilt) that same week — probably because Johnson only suggested incompetence and not conspiracy.

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