The Southeastern Conference hired international accounting firm Deloitte to conduct a review of its football officiating.
Commissioner Greg Sankey says the move was a reaction in part to the often opinionated view of referees by the public and media. He says the SEC was not responding to a particular problem. He says the conference needs to be transparent when mistakes are made, but cannot be silent while officials face unjust criticism.
The results were being shared with coaches, administrators and university presidents at this week’s SEC spring meetings in Destin, Florida. They will not be released to the public. Sankey says it includes statistical analysis from game and officiating reports; interviews with coaches, athletic directors and officials, along with former coaches and players; and potential best practices from other leagues that could be used by the SEC.