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Posted: Thursday October 8, 2009 2:19PM; Updated: Thursday October 8, 2009 4:39PM

SEC commish: No 'public hanging' for bad calls

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Mike Slive said he sees no reason to publicly reprimand officials for bad calls

The SEC acknowledged a bad call when A.J. Green was penalized

Slive also discussed SEC's TV deals and how he doesn't favor football playoffs

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive says there is no reason to have a "public hanging" when game officials make bad calls.

Speaking to a Chattanooga civic club Thursday, Slive was asked why the SEC doesn't publicly reprimand game officials for mistakes.

The league has acknowledged there was a bad call this past weekend when Georgia receiver A.J. Green was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.

He says the SEC has an accountability system for officials and if somebody is not good enough they won't stay. The commissioner says he's "just never felt that a public hanging in the square" will make better officials.

Slive also talked about the SEC's lucrative TV deals and says he does not favor a football playoff.

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