On September 12, SFN interviewed ACC coordinator of football officials Tommy Hunt regarding ACC officiating, the NC State/Akron controversy, and other subjects. The transcript appears below:
SFN: Thank you for meeting with us today, Mr. Hunt.
Hunt: Eating? I ainâ€™t eatinâ€™ with you. Itâ€™s only 9 AM. Says here, this is supposed to be an interview with Inside Carolina. Good site; I read it every week.
SFN: It IS an interview, sir. And itâ€™s STATE FANS Nation. As in, North Carolina State University nation.
Hunt: Oh. I donâ€™t read that. Mr. Swofford says we got to stay away from fan sites. Got to stay impartial, you see.
SFN: What about this â€œInside Carolina,â€¿ sir? Isnâ€™t that a UNC fan magazine?
Hunt: Oh, I just read that to catch up on the news. They just tell it like it is. I went there, you know.
SFN: Yes, sir, we know. Would you mind just clipping this microphone to your shirt, sir, so we can record what youâ€™re saying?
Hunt: Phone? Ainâ€™t no need to phone. Weâ€™re sitting right-chere, ainâ€™t we?
SFN: MICROphone, Mr. Hunt. Itâ€™s so we can hear what youâ€™re saying.
Hunt: Oh, I see. Microphones. We got those. Jim Knight always called â€˜em â€œgarble garbles,â€¿ because none of the boys could figure out how to work â€˜em. Bless that Jim Knight; always coming up with a funny story. I once stood not ten feet away from him and he thought I was Gale Sayers. Good Carolina fan. Jim, not Gayle.
SFN: I â€¦ see. Well, we wanted to ask you about the controversy in the N.C. State versus Akron game.
Hunt: Controversy? Ainâ€™t no controversy! Them Zips is somethinâ€™ else, ainâ€™t they? Did all that with partial qualifiers, too! Bet old Chuck Amato wishes he had him some o’ those. â€œDonâ€™t hate the player, Chuck,â€¿ I told him. â€œHate the game.” I bet he hated that game, heh heh heh!
SFN: Well, Mr. Hunt, many observers have noted photographic evidence showing that the Akron runner was down before he crossed the goal line.
Hunt: There ainâ€™t no such evidence!
SFN: But Mr. Hunt â€¦
Hunt: Ainâ€™t! Ainâ€™t, ainâ€™t, ainâ€™t, ainâ€™t! All the shots we got look like he scored. Thatâ€™s all you State people do, is bitch. Rick Page said something about that just the other day. You know they called him â€œBlankâ€¿ Page in high school? I donâ€™t know why, though.
SFN: But Mr. Hunt, thereâ€™s been more than one photograph circulating that shows, fairly conclusively, that the runner was down.
Hunt: Yeah, a still photo.
SFN: Whatâ€™s the difference, Mr. Hunt?
Hunt: Still photos ainâ€™t dependable. We depend on runninâ€™ pictures.
SFN: â€˜Runninâ€™ pictures,â€™ Mr. Hunt?
Hunt: Yeah, you know. Runnin pictures. When the runnerâ€™s runnin.â€™ How can you get a good picture of a RUNNIN man from a STILL photo? You canâ€™t! Says so in the Scriptures!
SFN: But Mr. Hunt, a fan at the game, only a short distance from the play, was the person who took this picture.
SFN: Iâ€™m sorry, what did you say?
Hunt: Ametchoors! And they tell me I’m deef. You deef, son?
SFN: No, I hear quite well. Do you mean, â€œamateurs,â€¿ as in â€œnon-professional photographersâ€¿?
Hunt: Yeah, ametchoors. We always get some ametchoor photograph in things like this. No, sir: runninâ€™ pictures is what we use. That way you see the man runninâ€™.
SFN: Do you mean video, or film, Mr. Hunt?
Hunt: I have heard it called by that name, yes sir. And thatâ€™s OK; thereâ€™s more than one way to skin a cat. Just ask Jim Knight! Heh! Either way, runnin pictures isnâ€™t as tricksome as your so-called still photo. And State fans know how to use that Photo Chop stuff as well, so we especially donâ€™t believe stuff from them.
SFN: Sir, has anyone ever accused you of being, well, a little biased against State?
Hunt: Biased? Never! I wear my pants every game.
SFN: BIASED, Mr. Hunt. As in, not impartial regarding NC State matters.
Hunt: What you trying to say, boy?
SFN: Well, Mr. Hunt, you went to Carolina â€¦
Hunt: That is where I received my excellent education, yes sir.
SFN: And John Swofford â€¦.
Hunt: Mister Swofford!
SFN â€¦ MISTER Swofford went to Carolina, and your staff has screwed us more times than I can count, so â€¦
Hunt: You best watch out, son. The ACC football officials giveth, and they taketh away.
SFN: What do you mean by that?
Hunt: What I mean is, see, keep up that kind of potty talk, and you Wolfpups could find themselves with the game on the line some day, and what seems to be a touchdown really ainâ€™t a touchdown. Know what I mean?
SFN: Not really. What do you mean?
Hunt: Well, I ainâ€™t sayinâ€™ any more, except that you could have a touchdown called, and that touchdown could be sort of, you know, taken away.
SFN: But you already did that to us, Mr. Hunt. In 2004. Jim Knight, in fact.
Hunt: Oh yeah, right. That Jim Knight. Bless his heart. Has a keen eye and an honest look. Now, I gotta go.