Official response to MEAC release, Head Coach

September 28, 2007 

A media release issued this afternoon by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has vindicated Bethune-Cookman University Head Football Coach Alvin Wyatt’s charges that MEAC official’s calls at the September 22 football game against Norfolk State were incorrectly made against the Wildcats.
In the game, the Wildcats were penalized a number of times for questionable calls including pass interference and illegal blocks; the ‘Cats lost the game 38-31.  B-CU President Reed and Coach Wyatt brought the issue to the attention of the MEAC Commission and asked for an evaluation.
MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas said in the release, “We regret that there were officiating errors during this game.  Ultimately, officials have a responsibility to help protect the integrity of the game and let the teams and coaches decide the outcome on the field.”
On receiving the news about the MEAC official statement, President Trudie Reed said that she is pleased to see that the MEAC Commission is demonstrating fairness and concern.  She will continue to work with them and the presidents of the other colleges and universities in the conference to develop systems that will ensure the integrity and intentions of game officials are above reproach.
“The morale of our athletes, coaches and alumni suffers when there is doubt cast on the credibility of professional officials and the conference.  We want to make certain that fairness is applied in all instances; that’s all we ask,” said Dr. Reed.
Beginning next week, highlights of the September 22 game can be viewed by clicking here.
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MEAC Officials Suspended for Inaccurate Calls against Bethune-Cookman Wildcats
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., September 28, 2007 – The Mid-Easter Athletic Conference (MEAC) has suspended three football officials for one game after making inaccurate calls during the Bethune-Cookman/Norfolk State game held on September 22 in Norfolk, Virginia.
In the game, the Wildcats were penalized on three offensive plays for blocking below the waist, as well as two pass interference calls, one on offense and one on defense.  Earlier this week, Bethune-Cookman University President, Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed, voiced her concerns and asked the conference office to evaluate the matter.  In addition, head coach Alvin Wyatt submitted a tape of the plays in question to the conference office.
An evaluation of the plays were made by the conference office and determined that the calls were incorrectly made against the Wildcats.
“We regret that there were officiating errors during this game,” stated Commissioner Dennis Thomas.  “Ultimately, officials have a responsibility to help protect the integrity of the game and let the teams and coaches decide the outcome on the field.”
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