Well, this isn’t something you see every day. A sideline referee got into an altercation with East Mississippi Community College coach Buddy Stephens during a game Saturday, reportedly throwing a punch at the coach and swinging a clipboard at him.
Stephens and EMCC have had several players join SEC programs, including current Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly. He helped EMCC win a national championship in 2014 before joining the Rebels.
Both the official, a Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges game administrator, and Stephens were asked to leave the field so the game could be completed. Stephens later rejoined his team when the game was over.
“It was a disagreement between me and the referee. I handled it wrong and he did too and we will move on,” Stephens told Brandon Shields of the Meridian Star. “We lost composure and that is my responsibility. I will take blame for it. They just told me to leave so we can get the game moving forward.”
The entire situation that occurred between EMCC head football coach Buddy Stephens & a game admin from the MACJC. pic.twitter.com/4Xf7MhCStR
— Robby Donoho (@RobbyDonoho) September 26, 2015
FINAL: #6 EMCC 48, ICC 24.. One of the most bizarre games I've seen. Buddy Stephens back out pic.twitter.com/O6IfyZQv9R
— Robbie Faulk (@robbiefaulkSDN) September 26, 2015