By LARRY VAUGHT
Remember referee Doug Sirmons?
If you are a Kentucky fan, it’s likely you remember him well for ejecting Kentucky coach John Calipari early in UK’s win at South Carolina earlier this month.
It was just 2 1/2 minutes into the game when after a foul called on South Carolina, Calipari said something to Sirmons that drew a technical foul and that sent the coach into a tirade. It took five players and assistant coach Tony Barbee to keep him away from Sirmons.
So guess who I have heard is scheduled to be part of the officiating crew when UK plays at Florida Tuesday night? None other than Doug Sirmons.
Could that change? Sure. The SEC could alter the schedule and switch Sirmons’ assignment. However, would that set a dangerous precedent for the league to take an official off a game because he had a problem with a coach.
Plus, Calipari apparently is not the only coach who is not a Doug Sirmons’ fan. Former Tennessee head coach Buzz Peterson tweeted this after the Calipari ejection:
“What Doug Sirmons did today is absolutely embarrassing to college officiating. He has a short fuse and coaches for years have complained. To toss a coach out in less than 3 minutes is Ridiculous.”
So just stay tuned to see who turns out to be on the officiating crew when UK plays at Florida Tuesday night.