Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel says Central Florida got jobbed by the Big East refs and this isn't the first time or last time this will happen. Bianchi writes:
"Have you ever wondered why college football is the only college sport that has 'conference' officials who traditionally work for only one league? College baseball umps aren't employed exclusively by one conference. Neither are college basketball refs. But college football officials are.
"You want to know why? Because college football is the only sport where the big conferences control all the money. And when you control all the money, you want control over everything else, too — and that includes the calls.
"The biggest officiating sham in sports isn't one renegade NBA official getting paid by bookies to influence games. It's entire crews of independently contracted football officials getting paid to prop up their leagues.
"Don't get me wrong, I'm not accusing college football refs of intentionally cheating. I'm just saying when one conference signs your paycheck, you're going to make darn sure that conference gets the benefit of the doubt. It's human nature."
Thanks to Kevin of We Are Penn State.