The tech announcers of Texas Tech football are in deep water.
Game-by-game man Brian Jensen and analyst John Harris tore up game officials during the team’s 41-38 home win against Iowa State on Saturday, and now they are being punished for utterance.
On Wednesday, the Big 12 released a public rebuke from the team’s announcers that prohibits them from calling this weekend’s game against Oklahoma State.
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“I understand the roles of the game-by-game and color analyst,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “However as university representatives, they also have a duty to adhere to a conference policy on comments on gaming officials. The comments of Red Raider Radio Network’s budding announcers were contrary to expected levels of respect and professionalism. Questioning the integrity of conference officials and specifically. members of the decision-making team are far beyond appropriate and allowable behavior. “
The announcers went after the officials when they overturned an interception at Texas Tech defensive back linebacker Dadrion Taylor-Demerson with 7:25 to go into the game.
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“I’ll say it right now, the Big 12 doesn’t want Iowa State to lose this game,” Harris said during the broadcast.
“Yes, Bob Bowlsby, you have to answer this,” Jensen added. “This is ridiculous. The inconsistency of this refereeing team in favor of Iowa State. Incredible.”
After the officials reversed the call, Texas Tech students began throwing objects on the field. Officials issued the Red Raiders an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, and the students were forced to leave the stadium.
That’s when Jensen went after the Big 12.
“The Big 12 should be embarrassed,” he said. “The Big 12 should be embarrassed about this group. We’ve only indicated two guys. I’ll read them all to you.”
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Jensen, who began calling every officer of the crew on air, also encrypted during the game on another call. He wondered why there was no revision in a play that was ruled an interception, even though a tight through Travis Koontz looked as if he was down before the ball came loose.
Despite the broadcasters ’frustration, Texas Tech kicker Jonathan Garibay launched a 62-yard game-winning field goal as time expired for the win.