LSU AD Bertman criticizes SEC for defending officiating

Updated: September 19, 2006, 4:56 PM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU athletic director Skip Bertman sharply criticized the officiating in last Saturday's game at Auburn as well as the Southeastern Conference's subsequent backing of the officials' decisions on two key calls.

"The SEC Office has stood by the officials' calls, and we respectfully but strongly disagree," Bertman said in a statement released by LSU on Tuesday. "We strive for excellence every day in LSU athletics, and we expect the same level of excellence from the officials ...

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