Pac-12 refs aren’t the whole problem; the larger process and structure are broken

One of the things to remind everyone about on the topic of Pac-12 refs is that while bad calls or outcomes exist, there’s a deeper problem beyond the blown calls themselves: The process of addressing these flaws is also broken.

Quality control isn’t evident. A commitment to fixing structural deficiencies is lacking.

Consider this example:

A reader of Jon Wilner’s column asked this question after the USC-Arizona game (which was played on Oct. 29):

“What is the Pac-12 gaining by refusing to issue a public statement regarding the atrocious officiating in the USC-Arizona game? It clearly meets the criteria.”

Here’s Wilner’s response: 

“Yes, it does. In 2019, the Pac-12 announced it would issue public clarifications, or apologies, for officiating gaffes that met the following criteria:

“A game-ending call or no-call impacts the result of the game;  A call involves a significant error in officiating mechanics; A call involves an error in rules interpretation;  Other extraordinary circumstances Allowing the clock to run before the ball was spotted at the end of the first half in Tucson seems to qualify as an error in mechanics (i.e., timing).

“The Hotline was disappointed by the absence of a statement. Everything about that situation, from the real-time clock mismanagement to the refusal to rectify the mistake on the field (with replay) to the lack of a clarification it was all disappointing.

“USC fans have every right to be furious. It wasn’t a conspiracy; it was sheer incompetence.”

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Story originally appeared on Trojans Wire