Felton upset with SEC officiating

ATHENS – For the first time since he's been the basketball coach at Georgia, Dennis Felton is lodging an official complaint with the Southeastern Conference regarding officiating.

Felton is planning to send a tape to the league office today consisting of what he perceives as poor calls or non-calls from the Bulldogs' 66-65 loss to Auburn in Auburn on Saturday.

"In watching the game and watching it again on tape, I just felt I should send a tape in based on what I saw," he said.

Felton is particularly upset that the Tigers' Frank Tolbert was not called for a foul for his defense on Georgia point guard Sundiata Gaines in the final minute. Gaines rebounded a Quantez Robertson missed free throw and dribbled the length of the court before driving to the basket and having a layup attempt blocked by Tolbert with 24 seconds remaining and the Bulldogs trailing 64-62.

"He got hammered," Felton said. "He got fouled on the play. It just wasn't called."

However, Felton's tape won't stop with one play, he said.

"It's a little longer than the Sundiata play," he said.

DeWayne Peevy, the SEC's associate director of media relations for basketball, said there is no set protocol for the review of complaint tapes but added that someone in his office would look at it and address Felton's concerns.

"The announcers kind of went off on one particular play. I think the next-to-last one in thegame," Peevy said. "I'm assuming that's the play (Felton is) talking about. We're willing to look at anything that a coach wants to point out."

Even if SEC Commissioner Mike Slive agrees that Georgia was wronged in the game, an "Oops, I'm sorry," is about the best Felton can hope to get.

"It's at the commissioner's discretion," Peevy said. "If the call is bad enough, it could have an effect on the officiating crew or whoever is involved. As far as the game itself, there's not much that can be done."

The loss to Auburn dropped the Bulldogs to 12-8 overall and 2-5 in the SEC. They have lost two straight and will try to get back on the winning track tonight with a 7:30 p.m. home game against Alabama (11-7, 4-2).

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