The Big 12 has suspended Texas Tech's radio crew for making negative comments directed at the officials during the Red Raiders' 41-38 win over Iowa State, conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced Wednesday.
The crew will not be in the booth for Saturday's home game against No. 9 Oklahoma State.
“I understand the roles of the play-by-play and color analyst,” Bowlsby's statement read. “However as University representatives they also have an obligation to adhere to Conference policy regarding comments about game officials. The comments by the Red Raider Radio Network booth announcers were contrary to expected levels of respect and professionalism.
"Questioning the integrity of Conference officials and specifically calling out members of the officiating crew is well beyond appropriate and permissible behavior.”
During the game, Texas Tech's broadcasters openly accused the Big 12 of conspiring to ensure Iowa State won the game, and made further disparaging remarks about the officials.
"I'll say it right now, the Big 12 does not want Iowa State to lose this game," one announcer said, while the other added: "Bob Bowlsby, you need to answer to this. This is ridiculous."
The griping occurred midway through the fourth quarter, as Iowa State trailed by 10 points and drove into Texas Tech territory. When the officials threw a flag before an Iowa State play, one announcer quipped, "Surely they wouldn't call it against the Cyclones," then reacted in mocked surprise when the call was a false start on Iowa State.
"Well, maybe the referee has a concussion and he needs to get a trainer," one announcer said. "Because he's acted like it this whole game."
Texas Tech beat Iowa State on a 62-yard field goal on the final play of the game, pushing the Red Raiders to 6–4 on the season.
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