On Saturday, Tennessee dropped their second game in eight days falling to LSU in overtime 82-80. Anthony Jordan was part of three-man officiating crew ruling over the contest in Baton Rouge.
The next day, Jordan seemingly the center of controversy. An old facebook post resurfaced of Jordan from 2014 holding an LSU shirt up, the caption read “Strolling thru D-town Granada doing a lil site-seeing and look what I saw. To all my Bama’s..Geaux Tigers.”
The post struck a nerve with Vol Nation along with Tennessee Basketball Coach Rick Barnes who said on Monday that he was aware of the post and was in communication with SEC regarding both the Facebook post and calls made in game.
“Obviously it’s been brought to my attention,” Barnes said. “All I can tell you is that I have trust and faith in the SEC office, that I know they’re going to do their due diligence and look at it. They will handle it the way it should be handled. That’s really all I can say about it. In a situation like that, all I can tell you is the protocol I have to go through.”
The SEC released a statement Monday regarding Jordan’s post.
“Anthony Jordan, the official in this social media post, has communicated to us that while traveling in Spain five years ago he saw the t-shirt from an SEC team for sale in a store. He took a picture and posted that picture to be seen by friends via his social media account. He said it was his intent to make a light-hearted social media post about having seen the t-shirt in another country and not to express affinity for a particular school. Jordan has officiated at a high level in the SEC for 19 years, including 11 assignments in NCAA postseason tournaments. We do not find this social media post to be acceptable with our expectations and will proceed accordingly, while also acknowledging Mr. Jordan has a lengthy track record as a fair and impartial basketball official.”
Barnes told media, he’s honest with his team when it comes to talking about officiating, but that ultimately they need to control the outcome of the game.
“I don’t want them thinking about officiating and this and that because I do know that I’ve got confidence in our officials in our league here,” Barnes said. “Are they perfect? They’re not. Are some better than others? They are? Can some handle different environments better than others? They obviously can. But it’s no different than players.”
Tennessee will look to regroup Wednesday as they play travel to Oxford to take on Ole Miss. Tip-off is set for 7 pm.