SEC Reprimands Tennessee Coach For Criticizing Officiating

Knoxville (AP) -- The Southeastern Conference has reprimanded Tennessee Coach Phillip Fulmer for saying the league needs to take a "hard look" at officiating.

Commissioner Mike Slive says Fulmer violated the SEC Code of Ethics that prohibits coaches, players and support personnel from publicly criticizing officials.

Fulmer said today that he should have gone through the proper channels at the SEC to address his complaints.

Fulmer didn't try to hide his emotions last weekend after his Vols beat Vanderbilt 39-to-10 because he wasn't happy about a call in a victory at South Carolina on October 28th.

Fulmer is also upset about what he believed was a fumble by LSU on the Tigers' game-winning drive on November fourth.

The coach said those calls were "difference-making" and that the officials did not properly do their job.

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