UT head coach Charlie Strong before the game against California at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday September 19, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas-Oklahoma State ref crew may be assigned to another Longhorns game

Posted September 30th, 2015

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  • The Big 12 has 16 graders, 13 of them current or former NFL officials

Kirk Bohls’ 9 Things today discusses various topics, but a couple of them continued the conversation about the Big 12 ref crew that handled the Texas-Oklahoma State game on Saturday. Here are those topics:

“The best thing about Refgate is that Big 12 officials are on notice like never before. And if the Alan Eck crew is assigned another Texas game — and Big 12 officiating supervisor Walt Anderson told me Monday night he won’t rule it out — wouldn’t you think human nature would take over and the Longhorns would get more favorable calls? Of course, coaches only want correct calls. The 16 penalties should not obscure the fact that the Longhorns offense didn’t score a point during the final 40 minutes of a 60-minute game and had four straight three-and-outs in the fourth quarter. Nor should the flags overshadow improved play by the Texas defense, at least against the run after it held the Cowboys to 103 yards on 46 attempts for 2.2 yards a carry.”

“In light of the unsportsmanlike conduct call against Charlie Strong, Anderson said he’s instructed league officials to strictly enforce the rule requiring coaches to stay on the sidelines. “We don’t want coaches on the field,” he said. “We don’t want them contesting plays, if you will, or verbally chastising officials. It’s an emotional game, and coaches are going to get excited. We don’t want to be too strict that you can’t put your toe in the green, but there’s a line you have to sometimes draw. The official felt in that circumstance that he really had no choice. We had a number of plays where coaches have been in the white (boundary) area during play, and coaches and players are not supposed to be there. That’s an unsportsmanlike foul.” In addition, when you think about it, why should any of us take Strong to task for such a penalty when basketball coaches routinely get technical fouls and baseball coaches get ejected, and no one says a peep? I applaud Charlie for taking a stance. … The Big 12 has 16 graders, 13 of them current or former NFL officials, but Anderson reviewed the Texas game himself. …. Last year the Big 12 made two “acknowledgments” — spokesman Bob Burda said the office doesn’t call them apologies — suspending for a game the replay official and communicator after a Kansas State touchdown against Iowa State wasn’t reviewed and clarifying a second unsportsmanlike conduct call against a TCU player when the second penalty was actually for a personal foul. …. Anderson also said he’s actually seeing more defensive holding infractions on running plays. “It’s a little bit more on the rise in college,” he said. “Teams are learning how to do that because it prevents offensive linemen from going to the second level (and blocking linebackers and defensive backs).” ”

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For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his four in the college playoff at this point and an update on Longhorns QB recruit Shane Buechele, click here.

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