Coincidentally, Hackett played football in the SEC for the University of Kentucky. Perhaps he had a flashback to his playing days. Either way the man knew how to throw a block and doesn’t seem to have lost a step. The SEC is utilizing the effective “sweep it under the rug” technique, and has dismissed any further investigations regarding Hackett’s unusual refereeing style. It was declared by officials that the hit was inadvertent. Hackett himself stated that the shoulder block to the South Carolina quarterback was done in the interest of his protection. Now which one is it? Here’s a safety tip if the situation ever presents itself again, Wilbur…GET THE FUCK OUT OF THE WAY!
I love the conference’s competitive, hard nosed style of play, but their management of this issue has been laughable. For a conference I consider to be the most legit, and competitive in NCAA sports, my thoughts are this…handle the issue. It appears worse that you are doing nothing about it. The only other alternative will be to force the referees to wear pads so the players aren’t the ones being injured. I guess Garcia is just lucky Hackett wasn’t a kicker.