|Here it just for your douchebags that can't seem to understand the rules of college football.
Posted: 11/20/2011 11:52:46 PM
Tenn. (AP) - The Southeastern Conference says it incorrectly reviewed
the final play of Tennessee's overtime win against Vanderbilt on
Eric Gordon intercepted
Jordan Rodgers on the play and ran the ball 90 yards to the end zone for
what ended up being the winning score in the Vols' 27-21 victory.
The officials first ruled Gordon down at the Tennessee 35 but overturned the call after the review.
Coordinator of Officials Steve Shaw said in a statement that linesman
blew his whistle when he thought Gordon's knee hit the ground. Shaw said
that because a whistle blew, the play should not have been reviewable.
Had the play not been reviewed, Tennessee would have got the ball at the 25-yard line for its first offensive play in overtime.
were multiple upsets in the top 10, the BCS is a mess and we saw the
craziest endings so far. But unfortunately, outshining all of that for
me was a very poor decision by officials in the Vanderbilt-Tennessee game that gave the Volunteers the victory.
Ironically, it was the right call; but according to the rules, it was all wrong.
Let me set the scene:
had the ball, third-and-6 from the Tennessee 11-yard line with the
score tied at 21 in the first possession of overtime.
Tennessee’s Eric Gordon intercepted Jordan Rodgers’
pass at the 10 and appeared headed for the 90-yard game-winning
touchdown; however, the head linesman blew a whistle and signaled that
Rodgers was down.
After a review, the play was reversed and Tennessee was awarded a touchdown and the game was over.
are multiple issues here. First, it was an inadvertent whistle by the
head linesman, who apparently did not step up and admit his error. Then,
to make matters worse, the referee announced that there was no whistle
and there was no signal, when clearly, there were both.
At the end of the day, they got it right. Tennessee deserved to win.
But you can’t set aside a rule, or a ruling that is made on the field, just to make it right.
The SEC is going to be forced to take some action. This reflects poorly on officiating on every level.
If you make a mistake, admit it. You have to step up when you make an error. Credibility and integrity are at stake.
replay rule gives the replay official the option to correct an
“egregious error,” even if it’s beyond the scope of the replay rules. I
can’t see how that would apply here, because the whistle was blown and
the signal was given at the 10-yard line. The play is essentially over
at that point, and players who hear the whistle stop.
So based on the ruling, Tennessee should have gotten the ball at the 25-yard line for its overtime series.
SEC issued a statement Sunday. Coordinator of Officials Steve Shaw said
that the linesman blew his whistle when he thought Gordon's knee hit
the ground. Because the whistle blew, Shaw said the play should not have
I feel horrible for that officiating crew, but somebody had to step up — and nobody did.