Pac-12 national championship officiating crew known for controversial past
File this under “clip and save” for later tonight, but news of a controversial past has emerged for the officiating crew — which hails from the Pac-12 — of the LSU-Clemson national championship game.
In a report from The Mercury News and Jon Wilner details that referee Chris Coyte was involved in a highly-controversial incident at the 2017 Music City Bowl, when he ejected Kentucky running back Benny Snell for making contact with him. Wilner noted that it was an extremely poor decision by Coyte, who initiated the contact, then booted Snell for responding.
What’s more, two other officials reportedly assigned tonight, Dale Keller and Kevin Kieser, were part of the unfathomable blunder during the Cal-Washington State game this season.
Referee Matt Richards mistakenly marked off a penalty on WSU, which to the Cougars losing 57 yards in field position.
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Richards was suspended for one game while the rest of the crew, including Keller (line judge) and Kieser (field judge), was “downgraded.”
Wiler also mentioned the footballzebras.com reported the assignments.
The Pac-12 selected the officials for tonight and determined their specific assignments, according to the conference.