It seems that Bill Vinovich’s name will be synonymous with the blown pass-interference call during the NFC championship game.
The NFL referee was calling the BYU-Saint Mary’s college basketball game in Provo, Utah, on Thursday, when some fans confronted him about the botched call that could have sealed the win for the Saints.
At one point, one fan blatantly asked Vinovich if Rams cornerback Nickell-Robey Coleman should have been called for a pass interference. Vinovich responded that he didn’t want to talk about it.
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
A reporter did asked Vinovich about the call immediately following the NFC championship game, but Vinovich said he hadn’t seen the replay yet.
It’s unclear if Vinovich had seen the play by the time the BYU-Saint Mary’s game rolled around, but some fans didn’t want to take a chance on him missing another call.
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