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Meyer first to test SEC suspension or fine?

Posted on: November 4, 2009 11:33 am
Edited on: November 6, 2009 9:23 am
In what might be the first test of the SEC's new edict against critical coaches, Florida's Urban Meyer criticized what he perceived as a missed call Saturday vs. Georgia.

Georgia's Nick Williams seems to hit quarterback Tim Tebow late on this play. During the SEC conference call Wednesday morning, Meyer said, "That should have been a penalty in my opinion."

That seems to put Meyer in danger of being suspended or fined per the law laid down Friday by Mike Slive. When I talked to the SEC commissioner on Saturday, he was adamant about coming down hard on any further criticism of officials or calls. Slive is the sole arbiter of the penalties and will apply them with discretion.

Does Meyer's comment qualify?

Spikes was suspended for the first half of this week's Vanderbilt game. Later, Spikes suspended himself for the entire game.

It's now Friday and there are critics in the media asking when and if the SEC is going to do something. It's obvious Meyer is going to coach this week, but will Meyer be around for next week's South Carolina game. What the SEC office cannot do is stay silent. Slive created this situation, he is going to have to rule on each one individually. We clearly seem to have a violation here, but how severe?

C'mon Mike.
Category: NCAAF
Tags: Florida, Georgia

Since: Nov 4, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2009 3:33 pm

Meyer first to test SEC suspension or fine?

Sigh, cant you talking heads and anti-gator morons do your homework? Meyer took his comment straight to the SEC which is fine to do. Its when you publicly criticize the officials that you will get suspended.

Since: Sep 3, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2009 3:27 pm

Meyer first to test SEC suspension or fine?

Yes, it was a roughing penalty BUT Nick Williams is an emotional player...he didn't do anything the Gators weren't doing...happens all the time in games...let me find that clip of Williams getting hit late...

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2009 2:57 pm

Meyer first to test SEC suspension or fine?

I didn't see the hit and don't know if Cryer is right ('m giving him the benefit of the doubt because the SEC officiating has been so godawful this year), but Slive has to fine him just to save face.  Even though I can't stand dirty Cryer, he should not be suspended and I don't even think he should be fined, except that Slive has made his bed and now has to sleep in it.  What a joke the SEC has become off the field.  Memo to Slive:  if you would get your head our of your rear and address the real problem, to wit: your beyond poor and unacceptable officiating, you wouldn't have to issue ridiculous edicts from your holier-than-thou perch.  Or maybe you are just covering up the intentionally poor officiating so that UFelons and 'Bama stay at the top of the rankings all year . . .

Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2009 2:35 pm

Meyer first to test SEC suspension or fine?

His comment qualifies, especially considering it came in the Wednesday conference call, and not in the postgame.  Coaches are human, and sometimes they get heated and say things immediately after games.  We'll see if Slive is really protecting UF now.

Btw, Slive is a complet tyrant.  His new rule also says that if an assistant coach criticizes the SEC in any way, the head coach will be subject to a fine / suspension.  I hope that Coach O lays off the Red Bull for Kiffin's sake.

Since: Oct 19, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2009 2:33 pm

Meyer first to test SEC suspension or fine?

 Has it really come to this?  Of course it was a late hit and Meyer is right.  The SEC put themselves in a bind by not clarifying what is considered criticizing the officials.  It was a missed call plain and simple and nothing should be done to Meyer.

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