BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference has suspended the game officials in the Alabama A&M – Southern contest on October 12 for failing to manage the closing seconds of regulation properly.
The league made the announcement after performing a full inquiry before handing down the one-game suspension.
“This was an unusual end to a game,” Southwestern Athletic Conference commissioner Duer Sharp said. “After a thorough review, we have determined the officials fell short of the high standards in which SWAC contests should be officiated. We will continue to work with our coordinator of officials and game officials to make sure this situation does not occur again.”
“We expect our football officials to work 60 minutes of football,” stated SWAC coordinator of football officials Harold Mitchell. “I am extremely disappointed that this veteran football crew let the last 13 seconds of regulation go astray. I expect better of our football officials and they feel the same way.”
Commissioner Sharp added, “The SWAC expects that all contests managed by league officials are fair and accurate in accordance with NCAA rules.”