SEC's Slive says no 'public hanging' for bad calls

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive said there is no reason to have a "public hanging" when game officials make bad calls.

Speaking to a Chattanooga civic club Thursday, Slive was asked why the SEC doesn't publicly reprimand game officials for mistakes.

The league has acknowledged there was a bad call this past weekend when Georgia receiver A.J. Green was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. Slive joked that nobody wanted his job Monday.

He said the SEC has an accountability system for officials and if somebody is not good enough they won't stay. The commissioner said he's "just never felt that a public hanging in the square" will make better officials.

Slive also talked about the SEC's lucrative TV deals and said he does not favor a football playoff.

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