Following in the footsteps of our college basketball brethren here at CBS Sports, college football writers Dennis Dodd, Chip Patterson and Barrett Sallee spoke with one-fifth of the 130 active coaches leading FBS teams entering the 2017 season. They asked for honest opinions on everything from NCAA rules to social issues to their peers in the profession. We will be sharing their candid thoughts over a two-week period leading into the season.
Officiating in college football is always a hot topic of conversation — whether it’s a pass interference call early in a game on what appears to be an uncatchable pass or a difficult spot on fourth down that could cost a team a chance at competing for a conference championship. Referees are criticized more consistently than perhaps even coaches and quarterbacks these days, yet coaches themselves usually hold their tongues about officiating decisions after games for fear of getting fined. With the condition of anonymity, we wondered how open they would be about the perceived issues both with referees and college football rules in general.