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Music City Bowl Referees Threatened After Ejecting Kentucky RB Benny Snell


Chris Coyte and his officiating crew received criticism after ejecting Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jr. in the second quarter. Not only did calls reportedly go to Coyte's cell phone and office phone but also to his commercial real estate association.


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NBANFLWorld FootballCFBMLBNHLWWEMMANASCARGolfTennisCBBBoxingMoreTrendingMagTicketsGet The AppSearch IconSign UpLoginFacebook LogoTwitter LogoCopy Link IconMusic City BowlMusic City Bowl Referees Threatened After Ejecting Kentucky RB Benny SnellJoseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerTwitter LogoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2018 CommentsComment Bubble IconMichael Reaves/Getty ImagesThe Pac-12 officiating crew from the Northwestern Wildcats' 24-23 Music City Bowl victory over the Kentucky Wildcats have received threatening phone calls in the weeks after the game, ESPN.com's Kyle Bonagura reported.Chris Coyte and his officiating crew received criticism after ejecting Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jrin the second quarterNot only did calls reportedly go to Coyte's cell phone and office phone but also to his commercial real estate association.Coyte had reached out to help Snell up after the Wildcats had tackled himSnell appeared to push Coyte's arms away, which drew a flagAfter the game, Coyte stood by his decision."I was on top of the play," he said, per The Athletic's Stewart Mandel"And the player got up and grabbed my arms and pushed them away and contacted meThat's a foul."The Pac-12 publicly supported Coyte's call as well.According to Bonagura, the animosity toward Coyte had begun simmering down until the Lexington Herald-Leader's Jennifer Smith shared a letter to the Pac-12 written by Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart.In addition to Snell's ejection, Barnhart had taken issue with what he believed was a lack of proper attention paid to Wildcats quarterback Stephen Johnson."Video clearly shows that he was not only hit after releasing the ball, but taken down and driven into the ground out of bounds by the defender," Barnhart said"No penalty was called."In a statement to Bonagura, the Pac-12 said it would discuss Kentucky's concerns with the SEC, in particular "because our officials have received threats and we are concerned about their safety."Facebook LogoTwitter LogoCopy Link IconComments Down Arrow IconRelatedAll-Star Starters Mock DraftFeaturedAll-Star Starters Mock DraftZach Buckleyvia Bleacher ReportIt's Just the Beginning for EmbiidFeaturedIt's Just the Beginning for EmbiidAdam Fromalvia Bleacher ReportShe's 17 and She's the New Face of Team USA ????FeaturedShe's 17 and She's the New Face of Team USA ????Joon Leevia Joon LeeFrosh Only NBA Scouts Are Talking AboutFeaturedFrosh Only NBA Scouts Are Talking AboutJonathan Wassermanvia Bleacher ReportFacebook LogoTwitter LogoInstagram LogoAboutAdvertiseBlogContact UsCareersCommunity GuidelinesPressPrivacyTerms Of UseTicketsAdChoices Bleacher Report Logo

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