The ACC has suspended for two conference games the officiating crew that botched the final play of the Miami-Duke game Saturday. The ACC found four mistakes by both the on-field officiating crew and the replay officials and said that Miami’s game-winning touchdown, which involved eight laterals on the final play, should not have counted.

The result of the final game, however, was not overturned. Miami won, 30-27.

“Scotty, I’ve talked about this for a long time, and you and I have known one another for a long time,” Fox Sports college football announcer Tim Brando began on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “So it should come as no surprise to you that this puts into focus something that I have been a proponent of for about as long as I’ve known you – and that is, we need a czar of college football. We need a commissioner. We need one central office for all officiating. Enough with the conference commissioners all being in charge of the governance of their own individual conferences. Enough with every league having its own political process with regard to this particular supervisor of officials. And by the way, all these guys are honorable men. They’re all good people. They mean well. But the system is broken. It’s damned well broken, and we have examples of it every year.”

Brando wanted harsher punishments for the on-field and replay officials in question.

“Those guys should not see the light of day in college football ever again,” Brando said. “The replay official should be fired immediately. The officials that were on the field – all of them, every official that was on the field – should never work another ACC game again. Integrity in college football is a very strong word, and when you lose that integrity, what do you have left? You got zip. You got nothing. And I know that may sound really harsh . . . but you cannot lose integrity in the game of college football. Once you’ve lost that, then you’ve got nothing. You’ve got zero. Duke is playing for a potential ACC championship.

“And I realize that Wallace Wade Stadium doesn’t carry with it the same sort of pomp and circumstance as, say, Cameron Indoor Stadium does in basketball,” Brando continued, “but if you don’t mind my using a basketball analogy: Can you imagine anything remotely similar to this happening to a Coach K team in basketball? No. Under no circumstances would that ever happen, okay? So situational ethics, whenever that works, you lose the core values of what the game is all about. Every official on the field should be fired. And the replay officials in the booth? Their asses should be fired.

“So it was screwed up from beginning to end. College football is now the second-most popular sport in America. It produces billions of dollars. Not millions – billions of dollars. And for a two-game suspension to be coming from the conference office is a mere slap on the hand.”

Brando, who works in television, was particularly frustrated by the officiating crew’s ineptitude.

“We’ve given them the technology,” he said. “We’ve basically overpaid for rights for how long? There’s cutbacks (at news organizations) everywhere because of what? We’re paying so much money for the rights fees, so much money to give them the technology, and it takes them 15 minutes to screw it up the way they screwed it up in Durham? Are you kidding me? It is so wrong on every level I can’t even begin to tell you. So yeah, I am pissed off.”


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