EXCLUSIVE: SFN Tommy Hunt Interview

Jeff asked for it, so The Giant responds.

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 ain’t eatin’ with you. It’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 it’s STATE FANS Nation. As in, North Carolina State University nation.

Hunt: Oh. I don’t read that. Mr. Swofford says we got to stay away from fan sites. Got to stay impartial, you see.

SFN: What about this “Inside Carolina,‿ sir? Isn’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 you’re saying?

Hunt: Phone? Ain’t no need to phone. We’re sitting right-chere, ain’t we?

SFN: MICROphone, Mr. Hunt. It’s so we can hear what you’re saying.

Hunt: Oh, I see. Microphones. We got those. Jim Knight always called ‘em “garble garbles,‿ because none of the boys could figure out how to work ‘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 … see. Well, we wanted to ask you about the controversy in the N.C. State versus Akron game.

Hunt: Controversy? Ain’t no controversy! Them Zips is somethin’ else, ain’t they? Did all that with partial qualifiers, too! Bet old Chuck Amato wishes he had him some o’ those. “Don’t hate the player, Chuck,‿ I told him. “Hate 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 ain’t no such evidence!

SFN: But Mr. Hunt …

Hunt: Ain’t! Ain’t, ain’t, ain’t, ain’t! All the shots we got look like he scored. That’s all you State people do, is bitch. Rick Page said something about that just the other day. You know they called him “Blank‿ Page in high school? I don’t know why, though.

SFN: But Mr. Hunt, there’s been more than one photograph circulating that shows, fairly conclusively, that the runner was down.

Hunt: Yeah, a still photo.

SFN: What’s the difference, Mr. Hunt?

Hunt: Still photos ain’t dependable. We depend on runnin’ pictures.

SFN: ‘Runnin’ pictures,’ Mr. Hunt?

Hunt: Yeah, you know. Runnin pictures. When the runner’s runnin.’ How can you get a good picture of a RUNNIN man from a STILL photo? You can’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.

Hunt: Ametchoors!

SFN: I’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, “amateurs,‿ as in “non-professional photographers‿?

Hunt: Yeah, ametchoors. We always get some ametchoor photograph in things like this. No, sir: runnin’ pictures is what we use. That way you see the man runnin’.

SFN: Do you mean video, or film, Mr. Hunt?

Hunt: I have heard it called by that name, yes sir. And that’s OK; there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Just ask Jim Knight! Heh! Either way, runnin pictures isn’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 don’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 …

Hunt: That is where I received my excellent education, yes sir.

SFN: And John Swofford ….

Hunt: Mister Swofford!

SFN … MISTER Swofford went to Carolina, and your staff has screwed us more times than I can count, so …

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 ain’t a touchdown. Know what I mean?

SFN: Not really. What do you mean?

Hunt: Well, I ain’t sayin’ 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.


20 Responses to EXCLUSIVE: SFN Tommy Hunt Interview

  1. BJD95 09/12/2006 at 3:09 PM #

    Funny shit, CG.

  2. Hoosyodaddy81 09/12/2006 at 3:12 PM #

    LoLoLoLoLoLoLoLoL that made my day

  3. TampaPack 09/12/2006 at 3:17 PM #

    The “Chuck Amato” death watch has begun over at EDSBS. Probably just the first of many… Hopefully we can turn things around. I don’t think a bad year this year should be his last. Although it has been debated over the previous columns with very good points on each side of the decision.

  4. Kingfish76 09/12/2006 at 3:20 PM #

    He certainly speaks like a tarhole.

  5. Jeff 09/12/2006 at 3:25 PM #

    Hilarious!! This is what I am talking about.

  6. Cardiff Giant 09/12/2006 at 3:28 PM #

    What it was, was UNC football.

  7. Rick 09/12/2006 at 3:33 PM #

    That was great. The garble, garble line still has me laughing.
    And sadly, I think a real interview would go worse than that.

  8. cfpack03 09/12/2006 at 4:14 PM #

    Hunt should run for Charlotte City Council. With his ignorance, he’d fit right in

  9. Mike 09/12/2006 at 4:25 PM #

    Help, what is EDSBS?

  10. TampaPack 09/12/2006 at 4:34 PM #

    everydayshouldbesaturday.com. There is a link to the site from the main page. It is a great football blog, of which I was introduced to by this site. Lately they have been killing Amato. They are big florida fans so probably already dislike him due to the FSU connections.

  11. Cardiff Giant 09/12/2006 at 4:46 PM #

    ^ I just read that site and it’s funny as shit, though definitely slanted.

  12. Wolfpack4ever 09/12/2006 at 5:38 PM #

    It is funny as shit and I don’t know if it’s slanted or not. I don’t hear them screaming for Chuck’s head, just taking it for the humor potential.

    Jeez, Chuck screwed the pooch with that non-qualifier gaff.

  13. coppertop 09/12/2006 at 7:14 PM #

    I really don’t understand how this loss to Akron means CTC should be fired. Sure we’ve had less than steller years lately but we’ve come a Heck of a long way since he took over in Jan 2000. Facilities aside, football morfed from being something to break up the tailgating on saturdays to the reason to tailgate, to thanks to the adminstration, the only enjoyable thing left on saturdays (and the clock rules are taking that away too!)
    In all seriousness with our previous track record and results we need to take another look at what CTC has brought to the program. While confidence misplaced or preceived to be undeserved may come across as ignorant or arrogant, I take it as having an unwaivering faith in your abilities and a laser like vision for what your program could be. Frankly I like it, and will be happy to support CTC for another 8 losses this year if need be.

  14. highstick 09/12/2006 at 10:08 PM #

    cfpack writes:
    Hunt should run for Charlotte City Council. With his ignorance, he’d fit right in

    Charlotte City Council?? Man, he’s definitely Char-Meck School Board material!!! Maybe he could replace Coach Joe on the school board. Coach Joe can’t hear crap with his hearing aid either!

  15. Wulfpack 09/13/2006 at 7:00 AM #

    “In all seriousness with our previous track record and results we need to take another look at what CTC has brought to the program.”

    In all seriousness, here’s a little history:

    MOC’s last 3 years

    1997 – 6-5 (3-5 ACC)
    1998 – 7-5 (5-3 ACC)
    1999 – 6-6 (3-5 ACC)

    Enter Chuck

    2000 – 8-4 (4-4 ACC)
    2001 – 7-5 (4-4 ACC)
    2002 – 11-3 (5-3 ACC)
    2003 – 8-5 (4-4 ACC)
    2004 – 5-6 (3-5 ACC)
    2005 – 7-5 (3-5 ACC)

    Analysis: Strong surge in the program for the first 3-4 years of Chuck’s tenure. Last 2-3 years, not so good. We are still no better off, at least in conference play, today than we were say in 1997. I understand Chuck has made a heck of a lot of improvements on the periphery. The issue is that his performance on the field doesn’t back it up, at least it hasn’t in recent years. Spiraling downward…

  16. StateFans 09/13/2006 at 8:06 AM #

    I really don’t understand how this loss to Akron means CTC should be fired

    I don’t think that the majority of people visiting this site remotely think that Amato should be fired for a loss to Akron (or any single loss, for that matter). Peruse the comments sections of most of the recent entries and you mostly will find very patient, very understanding perspectives.

  17. for2n8son 09/13/2006 at 9:32 AM #

    The press lives on controversey and bad news. They are just licking their chops over all the copy they could get from NC State fans running off coaches from two major sports in the same year. They are doing everything in their power to try to make it hqppen, including blowing Chuck’s “non-qualifier” coments all out of proportion. If they pull it off we will live to regret it! It would take the biggest idiot in the world to accept a coaching job with us.

  18. gopack 09/13/2006 at 9:46 AM #

    Shame on you for2nd8son. I challange you to back up your irresponsibile comment. Are you a tarhole or Dukie? NCSU has more to offer than any University in North Carolina and for that matter most ACC schools. Get your head screwed on right man.

    Bob S

  19. for2n8son 09/13/2006 at 10:15 AM #

    Well, gopack, we sure established that while we were looking for a new basketball coach, didn’t we? Or are you being cute?

    Al Wheatley
    NCSU Class of ’69, Economics
    District 9 Wolfpack Club Representative
    Season and Lifetime football ticket holder
    And you are who?

  20. for2n8son 09/13/2006 at 11:14 AM #

    By the way, Bob, you shouldn’t have capitalized university in your previous post. It kind of gives you away.

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