Bill Vinovich will forever go down as the head referee of the officiating crew that missed the most obvious pass-interefence call in NFL history. A call that ended up costing the New Orleans Saints a shot at Super Bowl 53.
While Vinovich is done calling NFL games until next season, he does, however, call basketball games as well and last weekend, Vinovich was officiating the St. Mary’s-BYU college basketball game when students recognized him from the NFC Champ. Game and began to heckle him about the missed PI-call:
Bill Vinovich when asked if it was a pass interference – “I don’t wanna talk about that stuff” pic.twitter.com/1rz4IpiKMn
— matt (@MattMoon00) January 25, 2019
Bill Vinovich is one of the refs in the St. Mary’s at BYU basketball game on ESPN2. Surprise No. 1: His crew overturned a call. Surprise No. 2: He’s not working the UCLA game at Pauley Pavilion. pic.twitter.com/Hvd7N3a2xv
— John Bialas (@johnbialas) January 25, 2019
Vinovich wasn’t the main culprit in the whole ordeal but as the head referee and sort of the face of the officiating crew from the NFC Championship Game, you can expect these type of instances to be a common occurrence in his officiating career.
He can’t run away from this.