Football: Tedford reprimanded

Jeff Tedford has been reprimanded by the Pac-12 for his comments about the officiating during the Colorado game last Saturday. The reprimand likely comes from Tedford’s comment: “The one on Guyton was a terrible call,” speaking about the personal foul called on defensive end Trevor Guyton during the third quarter Saturday. The conference later acknowledged it was the wrong call.

Here’s the statement from Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott:

“The Pac-12 has specific rules that prohibit our coaches from making public comments about officiating, and this prohibition specifically includes comments that create doubts about the credibility of the Conference’s officiating program. The Conference expects each Pac-12 coach to adhere to our standards of conduct and to conduct himself or herself in a manner which will reflect credit on the institution and the Conference.”

There are no other penalties, such as a fine or suspension.

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  • CBKWit

    So the Pac-12 publicly apologizes for what was a terrible call, but then reprimand Tedford for what they admitted was terrible. Well that makes sense.

    Glad that Cal was able to pull out the game. It would have been a shame if they had lost due to that call – Cal was up by 10 when it happened and was getting the ball back. They would have cruised to victory without that colossal screw-up

  • rotfogel

    Don’t worry Jeff, we the fans know exactly how bad Pac 12/10 officiating has been over the last decade. Some of the worst officiating in the history of football at any level. The Pac 12/10 referees should win the gold medal for incompetence over a long period of time. Truly some of the worst calls ever and consistent as well, it’s like magic watching them perform their duties.

  • Stevini


    At least there’s no fine for Tedford. I suppose Scott is doing what he has to do. He probably called Tedford beforehand and said, “sorry, but….”

  • BadBill

    You’ve got to be kidding me; Why can’t the coaches complain about an incorrect call? I’m a sports official and I’m the first that wants accountability when we make mistakes.

  • Rollonubears

    Why do they suck so bad? Are they on the take?

  • Boaltblue

    What is the difference between a Pac-12 official and God? God does not think that God is a Pac-12 official, infallible, and not subject to fair criticism.

    There were at least two blown calls: (1) Trevor Guyton’s personal foul against Stewart that extended the Colorado drive and led to a touchdown; and (2) Coleman Edmond’s tremendous reception that was ruled an incomplete pass.

    I am sure that plenty of Cal fans would join me in saluting Coach Jeff Tedford as he was correct in “calling them as he sees them.”

    Go Bears!

  • RollOnUBears

    The catch by Edwards was not a catch according to the rules. It’s the rule that is stupid, not the refs in that case. If any part of the ball touches the ground, it is an incompletion. I think in cases where the player has already cradled the ball and has possession, incidental contact with the ground is irrelevant. The ground clearly did not “help” him catch the ball which should be the intent of the rule.

  • Kevin

    what was the deal with marvin’s substitution on the punt return? did anybody get that?

  • Larry Scott has alot to learn about the group of refs he inherited. THEY SUCK…plain and simple..Kudos to Tedford for having the cahones to say what we all know to be true.

  • Pc

    Thank you Big Brother. The System can never be called into question.

  • Xree

    “[A]nd this prohibition specifically includes comments that create doubts about the credibility of the Conference’s officiating program.”

    Tedford’s comments didn’t create doubts about the officials’ credibility; the officials created the doubt with the terrible call on Guyton.

  • milo

    The officiating for the CU game STUNK like Jim Harbaugh’s $70k crapper.

  • ConcordBear

    Tedford seems to have a greater sense of urgency this year.
    I love that he called that horrible ruling like it was, terrible.
    Keep it up coach!

  • Sean

    Apparently calling a spade, a spade is frowned upon. What a shame…

  • calfanz

    I will pay the fine for you Jeff.

    The call was wrong.

    Therefore the call was terrible.

    What’s the question again?

  • By admitting a bad call the pac-12 is definitely making “comments that create doubts about the credibility of the Conference’s officiating program”. Then by publicly reprimanding Tedford and making a bigger issue of it they yet again could be said to be making “comments that create doubts about the credibility of the Conference’s officiating program”. 3 instances of violations of pac-12 “comments…” policy, 2 by them, 1 by Tedford. hmmm…? And yes, I have even less faith in the officials now because I have been reminded of that play yet again, 5 days later…

  • Suttree

    The play with Edmund was not a catch. The nose of the ball hit the ground and by the rules that means no catch.

  • Pasadena Dave

    LOL. Well said, BlakeStreetBear.

  • Moosehead

    I think that the ref’s from the Colorado game should go back to Footlocker. What Jeff Tedford stated was a fact and it should be on the ref’s to watch the play as it develops and respond accordingly.

  • Jan K Oski

    If I still lived near the PAC office, I’d have my dog pee on their lawn. Hey Larry, how about you take some accountability and put blame where it belongs. This ain’t Tennis, boy! Colorado fans and Cal fans are upset with your refs this week. It will be a common theme for all PAC teams in the season. Grow some nads and hire refs that don’t need trifocals and brain surgery.

  • rollonubears

    Did none of the refs notice the late whistle? They really need to huddle up and get these calls right. How about a review? I just don’t get it. That’s why it makes me think that cash is likely involved here, a-la SEC.

  • ThisisCal

    I’m behind Tedford 100% on this one. I like how he has his players’ backs. Go Bears!

  • Yoda

    The Guyton call was horrible. Classic Pac-__ to admit it and reprimand someone for pointing it out.

    I still don’t understand the catch call. The receiver had control, his feet had hit the ground, and the contact with the ground occurred after that. Stupid rule, if that’s the rule.

  • rollonubears

    i agree. they have replay now. it’s easy to see if the ball is jarred loose by the ground, or if the ground aided in the catch. in this case, it didn’t. it should have been a catch. the rule needs to be changed, pronto.

  • James

    Yeah, the Pac-12 is horrible. Could see this as another reason in the long list why Texas does not want to join. Glad Tedford has his player’s back.

  • BlueNGold

    It is obvious that the Pac 12 needs to hire and train professional officials. Reprimanding coaches for speaking the truth about amateurish and/or incompetent officiating only exacerbates the underlying problem and undermines the conference’s officiating credibility. No more excuses for keeping part time amateur officials on the job.

  • BlindZebras

    “This prohibition specifically includes comments that create doubts about the credibility of the Conference’s officiating program.”

    Guess what else would help avoid doubts about the credibility of officiating? Not hiring officials who suck. Just a thought. Name another profession where you cannot be criticized for doing a s**tty job.

  • Well if the Pac 12 wants to preserve the credibility of its officials, then it should confirm disciplinary action taken for egregious performance by its officials, especially where the mistake could change the outcome of the game.

  • Stephen

    I hear that ref graduated from USC.