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Stoops: Benny Snell’s ejection “the worst call I’ve ever seen”


Mark Stoops made a surprise appearance on KSR today and had some candid comments about Benny Snell’s ejection from the Music City Bowl. After the game, Stoops told reporters that he didn’t see the incident, so he didn’t feel comfortable commenting on it, but after a week of reflection, he didn’t hold back at today’s remote at Shake Shack, calling the referee a liar for claiming Benny pushed him when he offered to help him up.

The call on Benny was inexcusable. And it absolutely — I still haven’t gotten an explanation because [the referee] lied to me. He obviously lied. I stand behind Benny 100% and I think it’s the worst call I’ve ever seen.”

Stoops said he did his best to not lose his “s-h-i-t-” (he actually spelled it out on the radio) over that call and the no-call on the late hit on Stephen Johnson later in the second quarter because it would just have penalized his team further.

“It does me no good to lose my s-h-i-t. It does me no good to lose it like that. Believe me, you know it takes me everything not to. So, there were a lot of things going on at the beginning of that game were aggravating and perplexing.”

“What can I do? There’s really nothing I can do. You want to react in a way, but that’s going to do me no good. It’s just going to hurt me down the road in some situation. And that stinks, to be honest.”

A week later, that call still stings.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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53 responses to “Stoops: Benny Snell’s ejection “the worst call I’ve ever seen””

  1. ClutchCargo

    I’m sure he will get fined for saying this, but it needed to be said.

    1. runningunnin.454

      Absolutely..money well spent; although I think the football world already knows that official is a punk.

    2. Rembrandt

      If Stoops gets fined, it will be money well spent because our fans are still getting to know and understand the fiery side of this man and his strong support for his players.

      As for Benny, his motivation will only grow because of this experience. The SEC’s leading rusher still believes he has something to prove. He will probably rush for 1,500+ yards next season, then another 300 yards in next year’s bowl.

  2. KTR2786

    Is that a Breitling Navitimer? Good taste if so.

  3. RackEmWillie

    Stoops started to lose me after the Florida game, but the bowl game and his handling of the ejection has made me like him some more.

  4. hal9944

    So whats the consequences for that ref? Will any action be taking on him? Will there be anyone in charge of officials come out and make a statements about it? Why arent these refs held accountable? Until they are, this will continue to happen. Prime example, TV Teddy, and John Higgins, who continue to make complete asses out of themselves and their professions!

    1. J-Dub421

      None. There will be no consequences. The PAC 12 already said they stand behind their refs. Nothing will change.

    2. runningunnin.454

      PAC 12 sucks.

    3. notFromhere

      Hal is right.

      The jerk knew it wasnt a foul but couldn’t contain his fragile emotions. These calls need to be taken away from the egomaniacs on the field and left only to the booth.

    4. Han

      The NCAA and conferences always stand behind their refs, as if they aren’t hurting the game with their actions. Look no further than Higgins being given an award for his officiating, and then look at how he dealt with Shaka Smart this year. He followed the coach toward the bench, yelling at him after Smart had walked away. Inexcusable provocative behavior from an individual whose job is to make sure rules are followed and nothing else. It’s not his job, or any ref’s job, to moralize or to decide a player or coach deserves to be put in their place. They’re not supposed to be a spectacle, and yet so many of them are known for just that.

    5. ClutchCargo

      Agree there will be no real consequences. I actually don’t have a problem with a conference publicly standing behind their officials, but there should be some accountability behind the scenes, and it doesn’t appear that is happening.

  5. codeblue270

    Great interview 👍 I like the candid off the cuff coaching stance – glad to see the tough blue collar side of our coach , that is the BBN

  6. makeitstop

    I hate saying to sue people bc we are too litigious as it is, but when people are as arrogant as Coyte and indifferent to the harm they cause, it is the only way to get people to do their darn jobs! Battery is an unwanted touching, which he did when he grabbed at Benny, and in any event Benny has a claim for assault, defamation (he lied about Benny) and probably battery. Officials have no right to grab players, and certainly no right to accuse them of things they did not do. One good lawsuit also would tell the PAC 12 (and others) you better manage your officials better bc you’re on the hook, too.

    1. notFromhere

      Right there with you on that.

    2. Catsby80

      bruh… are you seriously suggesting that benny and/or uk should sue an official because the official reached out to help him up? regardless of what you want to believe, the referee did not instigate the contact with benny. he reached his hand out to help him up, sure, but that is not grounds for a lawsuit.

      for the record, i’m 100% in agreement that referees should be held accountable and should have to answer in some way for poor calls, but filing suit over something like this is outrageous. the guy should have been reprimanded by the PAC 12, absolutely, but nothing from a legality standpoint should come of this. it is irresponsible and absurd to even suggest such a thing.

      just think of the precedent it would set if a player/university sued an official every time a poor call was made. my god what a slippery slope that would be.

    3. ClutchCargo

      makeitstop, please make it stop. Let’s not take a bad situation and try to turn it into a terrible situation. Being a horrible official isn’t a crime. If it was, Coyte and Higgins would be on death row.

    4. cats646

      Assault and battery? Really? He didn’t beat him over the head with a rock. This ref should be fired. Period. Not sued so that he will do his job better. It should be like any other job. If you mess up bad enough you should get fired. The pac 12 is a joke for backing this guy up. If it were a regular job and he made a mistake even remotely close to as bad as this one then he would’ve got fired before he could blink. No boss gets behind and supports an employee that is horrible at there job and the pack twelve should’ve either.

    5. cats646

      *shouldnt

    6. makeitstop

      Catsby80, a slippery slope it would be, but bad calls are not actionable. If they were, we’d need bigger courthouses! And I’m only half serious but the truth is it’s not a tort to blow a holding call; it is to grab a person when u aren’t entitled and it certainly is to say things that are untrue (e.g. he grabbed me and pushed me away). I agree the PAC12 should reprimand him. They won’t. They back him. For everyone who says there should be accountability what does that mean? He’s fired? Won’t be. Disciplined? Won’t be. Have false reports about his business published? Not legal (also not right). Hard to modify bad behavior without cost… not a lot of great options if u really want accountability.

    7. Catsby80

      As I referenced in my original post, regardless of what you want to believe, the ref reached out and benny grabbed his arms and pushed them away. Watch the video again without any blue tinted glasses on. Did Benny do so in a malicious way? Absolutely not. Should he have been ejected? Absolutely not. The referee made several egregious calls during that game and he should be punished for how poorly he did his job, I agree. But again, there is absolutely zero here that is cause for suit.

      I want to be extremely clear here, I am in no way shape or form supporting the official and his decision to eject Benny, but we, as a fanbase, have to be objective. Did Benny physically make contact with the official? Yes he did. Did he do so in such a manner that warranted an ejection? No he did not. Officiating, like most other things in life, requires an element of judgement and subjectivity, which this official clearly did not demonstrate. And for that, he should be punished. But punishment in the court of law is absolutely absurd.

    8. runningunnin.454

      That call was at the very least a misdemeanor or summary offense.

    9. justaguyinthebackrow

      Do you really want to be the player or school that sues a ref? Do you think that player or school (in any sport) will get a fairly called game after that, at any level? There are plenty of discretion calls/ no calls in every sport, and you could expect them all to go against UK if this happened. All refs are going to look out for each other and will want to send a message.

  7. 2thepoint

    More situations where replays can be used to reverse decisions is the best remedy for instant change. We see it and they do too, so change is needed, and also making public how conferences deal with bad calls would put pressure on those in power to do their jobs.

  8. makeitstop

    If every score or turnover is reviewable and targeting is reviewable in part bc of the ejection that follows, why isn’t it reviewable to eject a player for something arbitrary like Coyte did? That said, you can’t codify common sense. Tell me a league office would review that film and say “Coyte definitely reached for him and Snell did not make contact” and I’ll agree replay would fix that one call. But then the ref would just say “he said something to me” and how do you overturn that? Replay might help a little, but it won’t fix people like Coyote and Higgins or TV Teddy, and if there is no adverse consequence for them or their league you will see it happen again and again.

  9. makeitstop

    Coyte autocorrected to Coyote but I like it better…

    1. Miller45

      LOL

  10. 4everUKblue

    I’m just waiting to hear what Luether’s sources say.

    1. Blue Bill

      Or good old Slaten…

    2. 4everUKblue

      I’m beginning to think unbridled is the same as Slater or Slaten or whatever he is calling himself these days.

  11. ScoggDog

    A potential solution … which I can’t take credit for … is to allow each coach to list a certain number of officials that he simply won’t allow to call his game.

    A bad ref makes enough lists … he runs out of places to work. And he’s gone.

    1. 4everUKblue

      My guess is Vegas would be against that solution.

  12. unbridled

    I don’t think mark stoops has much room to criticize how someone “calls” a game. He’s not very good at calling a game himself.

    I feel terrible for Benny. The ref certainly over reacted and should be reprimanded….but I’d like to see stoops reprimanded for his game management, lack of scheming, and absent player development as well.

    1. runningunnin.454

      Submit your resume’ in the space below, and we will forward it to the athletic department.

    2. unbridled

      Hahahaha. Yeah, because I’m not a collegiate coach…I can’t determine coaching incompetence? I suppose you are happy the Bungles have retained Marvin Lewis right? Mediocrity much?

    3. runningunnin.454

      We appreciate your interest in the University of Kentucky and the position of Head Football Coach; however, we can not schedule an interview at this time. We regret to inform you that your application will not be forwarded for further consideration.

    4. 4everUKblue

      Dammit! There goes our chance at a national title.

    5. 4everUKblue

      I’m not a webmaster but I can recognize posting incompetence and unbridled you meet the criteria.

    6. unbridled

      Clever children. Very clever. Question….if the cats couldn’t win 9-10 games this year with stoopids at the helm, will they ever? Get back to me on that.

    7. KYcats11

      Runnin is just too damn funny!

    8. Blue Bill

      Amen. What a idiot.

    9. 4everUKblue

      What avenues will you pursue now that your resume’ was rejected? Maybe water boy?

    10. unbridled

      Funny you didn’t answer the question. Typical.

    11. 4everUKblue

      Ask a sensible question….typical know it all.

    12. 4everUKblue

      You should ask a question that does not entail predicting the future. JAGOFF!

    13. unbridled

      Very profound response. You seem very intelligent. Let me answer the question in a rational manner for you. 2017 was an extremely favorable schedule for the stoopids troops. It’s the doof’s fifth year in charge. He lost to Florida and ole miss. If they can’t eek out 9 or ten victories in this season (including the bowl game)….they absolutely, 100% NEVER will. If you are good with that, so be it. I’m looking for actual relevance. Until they get rid of the guy that has drastically out kicked his coverage…this is a basketball school and all focus should be placed upon that. Good luck though in your pursuit of mediocrity/embarrassment.

  13. BluKudzu

    Well so far, no team has found a way, not to score, on Stoops vaunted “uncover two” defense. His coaching brilliance continues to bubble to the top.
    We got that going for us.

  14. 4everUKblue

    Well so far we have a wealth of BBN idiots so we got that going for us too.

    1. unbridled

      No kidding. Just scroll upward to see some first class mental midgets that are completely enthused with accepting incompetence, mediocrity and the status quo. That takes a special kind of stupid.

  15. 4everUKblue

    You’re not special you are pretty common on this site.

  16. 4everUKblue

    Unbridled you are like Slater and some of the other whiners on here.

    1. unbridled

      Again, you seem like a really analytical smart guy. I’m sure you are right.

  17. wesmorgan1

    Why shouldn’t coaches be able to ‘blackball’ a limited number of officials each year?

    Let’s say that football coaches can refuse up to three officials, and that hoops coaches can refuse up to two. With the number of officials available, that shouldn’t be that much of a problem. If the officials are working as a crew with an alternate, the alternate would swap in as needed to accommodate coaches’ blackballs as the crew moves from game to game.

  18. my2sense

    The ref needs reprimanded and if he has more incidents such as this in his file then it would be appropriate to reprimand him with the next occurrence resulting in dismissal. But filing a lawsuit is somewhat over the top.