Joel Klatt calls for overhaul of college football officiating following Fiesta Bowl performance
Joel Klatt joined in on criticizing college football officiating following the Fiesta Bowl.
Klatt referenced 2 especially egregious calls that were missed in the game, including a Roman Wilson TD that was overturned and a no-call on what seemed like targeting in the 4th.
Klatt said that “officiating in CFB needs an overhaul,” and that the sport “should have a national officiating base,” as opposed to each conference having its own referees.
Replay in CFB is broken & Targeting foul is equally broken!
– Clearly a TD in first half
– 100% targeting (and I hate targeting) at end
Officiating in CFB needs an overhaul…No reason for every conference to have its own officials…Should have a national officiating base
— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) January 1, 2023
Klatt was referring to a first-half play in which Roman Wilson certainly appeared to cross the goal line, but was ruled down. Michigan fumbled the ball away from the one-yard line on the ensuing play, wiping away a touchdown in what proved to be a six-point loss.
The 2nd play referenced by Klatt was at the end of the game. Colston Loveland certainly seemed to be the recipient of a targeting hit by a TCU defender, but targeting was not called after review.
Michigan would end up losing the game by a score of 51-45, with many holding officiating partially responsible for the ending.