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Steve Shaw, the SEC head of officials said Wednesday that the offensive pass interference penalty against LSU during the first quarter of the Mississippi State game was a foul, by rule.

The penalty negated what would have been a 67-yard touchdown pass to LSU wide receiver DJ Chark. Per The Advocate:
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"The rule itself states it’s the responsibility of the offensive player to avoid opponents. The receiver, he knows where he’s going, knows his route. The defender doesn’t know where he’s going," Shaw said.

"By rule, since he’s got to avoid the opponent, there is a responsibility on that offensive player," he continued during a question-and-answer segment on the SEC teleconference. "Typically what our guys look at ... if you see a receiver move directly at a defender or initiate or create contact with him, then typically, that’s what gets the alert of the official. Coaches have plays they call “rub” or whatever, but if they are initiating or seeking out that defender or creating contact, by rule that’s a foul."

Shaw called offensive pass interference "a very tough judgment call."
Shaw also added that two targeting calls against LSU's linebacker Donnie Alexander and defensive lineman Neil Farrell were both confirmed.

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cfmalloy77 months
Move the SEC offices out of Alabama - and remove the pro Alabama officiating bias... they rigged the game LSU lost to help Alabama down the road. Complete BS. Undermines the integrity of the entire SEC Conference and draws into question the legitimacy of every SEC game played. This is a near crisis for the entire SEC - the eventual winner, SEC Champion may be viewed as illegitimate. May need to bring in out-of-conference referees for the rest of the season, fire all in-conference refs, start over with a new crop since extant ones are toxic.
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Katy Tiger77 months
What a tool.
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CaptainKirk8077 months
IMHO, As long as the SEC headquarters is located in an SEC state and employees SEC grads in top tier positions, its opinion and statements ( wither they are correct/warranted or not) will fall in deaf ears. Their creditability and the ability to be unbiased in the court of public perception is lost completely.
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CaptainKirk8077 months
Sorry for the typos gents. I'm still rockin the iphone 4 ??????
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TG77 months
You can go back a number of years ago when LSU was at Auburn. Our receiver was 20-yards downfield attempting to adjust to the throw while getting mugged by an Auburn DB. No call! The refs claimed the ball was "uncatchable".
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Placebeaux77 months
BIG 12 BIG 12 BIG 12 BIG 12 frick THE SEC frick THE SEC
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texastigerr77 months
Of course they are going to back their own lousy officials. SEC has the worst officiating in all of college football but the commissioner will always back their refs no matter how bad the call is. Not even worth the time to protest the call officially.
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stho38177 months
When a defender trips over his own feet and falls into our WR who has his hands up, it's not the WR initiating or creating the contact. It was a judgement call, and the ref used bad judgement.
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spslayto77 months
Shaw called offensive pass interference "a very tough judgment call." When you say this, there is obviously discretion involved. But to come out all the time and say the "judgment call" was correct. Come on man.
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LSUvet7277 months
The Sec Commissioner and Commissioner of Rules both are Elephant graduates.....how many ex-Elephant alumni are part of The Deep State in Birmingham,Ala.? There should be a Rule that the SEC Commissioner and other SEC Executives can't be graduates from any SEC Colleges....Clear conflicts of interest
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Thacian77 months
I disagree.... just like he said wr knows where he is going, db doesn't...db cannot make contact with receiver in the secondary unless he has ball... total bs
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Play_Neck77 months
The new "SEC" Clemson BCS rule. Got it.
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rbdallas77 months
he chose to retire and live in Alabama ....end of story.
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demtigers7377 months
steve shaw frick off there is no way that is offensive pass interference!!! The blew that call period, EAD!
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BK78577 months
This shite is bogus!! If it really was a legit call why would they review it again? Bad call and they just trying to save face that's all.
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Genestealer5577 months
And the glove didn't fit....wtf? Is this reality? In what universe is a WR simply running his route, a db that he isn't even looking at collides with him from the side, a foul? I give up
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Old77 months
SEC officials have targeted LSU since the 1960's. This group has zero credibility and I mean ZERO
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EZE Tiger Fan77 months
I remember losing a game in 2014 in OT to Bama on a very obvious pick play that wasn't called (of course). I would not expect a Bama grad to admit this was the wrong call, and those of you waiting for that justification do not understand at all what you are watching. It is good to get the Freshmen used to this now. They clearly allowed it to get to them. They need to be broken in to good ole SEC officiating. Hopefully this game did that.
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boogaloo77 months
They let Clemson get away with this same foul on the game winning touchdown and it was much more obvious then. Not complaining though because it happened against the crimson slime for once.
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TGK4LSU77 months
The SEC will almost always defend referee calls, not matter how egregious. They may privately criticize the call, but they will look at the film and figure out a way to spin the call in favor of the officials.
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GoldenBoy77 months
Anybody got Shaw's number? I'd love to give him a piece of my mind.
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