Did the refs get the call right (Aub. vs. South Carolina)
According to SEC coordinator of officials Steve Shaw they did get the call right.
Here's what happened. Down by 3 (16-13), South Carolina was driving. South Carolina did not have any timeouts remaining. Bruce Ellington caught a pass and was tackled at the 30 yard line (well beyond the first down marker). On TV (and in the pic to the right...which is very small), there appeared to be 2 seconds on the clock when he went down.
On the field, the refs did not appear to signal to stop the clock (for the first down) until there was no time remaining and thus the game ended. Spurrier was slightly animated calling for a replay. The refs ruled the game over and that was the end.
After the game, the SEC put out the following statement:
According to rule 3.3.2e, when a team is awarded a first down, the game clock is stopped when the covering official gives the timeout signal. Based on review, the covering official followed proper procedure.
Today, Jon Solomon of The Birmingham News reached out to Shaw to see if he would elaborate on the explanation that the refs got it right.
Here's the relevant part of the exchange between Solomon and Shaw:
Shaw said today there is "no question" Ellington's knee was down with one second left. The question then becomes how reasonable it can be humanly expected for the covering official to signal for a timeout because of the first down.
"The covering official very quickly squared it off, got the mark, recognized it was beyond the first-down marker and started to stop the clock," Shaw said. "But when his arm first made a movement, the clock was at 0:00. That is what the replay guy sees."
NCAA rules allow for the replay official to correct "egregious" errors, including those involving the game clock.
"Let's say (Ellington) hit the ground with five or six seconds left and our crew did not stop the clock, that's an egregious error," Shaw said. "This one was not. The covering official is very, very quick stopping the clock. He was dead on. There was perfect protocol by the covering official. That's why no time was added."
Shaw said the Auburn-South Carolina ending differed from the Texas-Nebraska finish at the 2009 Big 12 Championship Game. In that game, a Big 12 crew put one second back on the clock for the Longhorns to kick the winning field goal and reach the BCS Championship Game.
"That was an incomplete pass where you look to see when the ball hit the ground," Shaw said.
Some of you have asked why the replay official did not look at the Auburn-South Carolina finish. Shaw said the play was "absolutely" reviewed, but because people were pouring on the field, the replay official was only prepared to hit the buzzer signaling a stoppage if the play was overturned.
"Trust me, our replay guy was intently focused on the play and looking at it," Shaw said. "In this case, a coach (Steve Spurrier) was out of timeouts and couldn't challenge the play, but it's still being reviewed. What we tell officials is if it's 0:00 (on the clock) and the score is eight points or less, the crew will head to where they're going to leave but they won't leave.
"They'll sit there and the replay guy will come down on walkie-talkie and say, 'I've looked at it, we're not stopping it, you're free to go.' That's what happened here. Our ref had a conversation with Coach Spurrier while waiting."
The above photo came from 30fps.mocksession.com
Hail to the victors
Dave Brandon, Michigan's athletic director and former CEO of Domino's Pizza, is running his athletic department like a business.
He has completely revamped the department including adding approximately 10 new staffers in athletics marketing.
Further, we have just seen the deal that Brandon struck as part of the agreement to play Alabama in the season opener next year in Dallas....
Michigan will receive $4.7 million for playing in the game. They also get 200 tickets, two luxury boxes and one field level suite. Oh, and did we mention massive national TV exposure compliments of ESPN?
Dave deserves a bonus.
Harbaugh still rollin in coach
Jim Harbaugh left the college ranks this past offseason for the glitz of the NFL. His introductory presser was filled with bling. In truth, it felt awkward. Didn't feel like a Jim Harbaugh event.
Well, this morning we saw a note that described the 49ers flight back to San Fran after their win Sunday over the Eagles (the Niners are now 3-1 and leading the NFC West by two games).
The players and coaches board the flight back to the west coast. Harbaugh's seat is up front in first class. What does Jim do, he goes and finds his big center Jonathan Goodwin and trades seats with him...Goodwin to first class, Harbaugh moves back to coach.
He spends the five hour flight watching some of the tape, walking around, talking up the players. That's how Harbaugh rolls.
If you have a few minutes and want to read up on how Jim and John grew up, read the article. It will give you an interesting take on hard work and perhaps a lesson on the values you want to instill in your kids.
Zook does his best Allen Iverson impression
We all recall AI's SportsCenter highlight, "I supposed to be the franchise player; and we in here talkin'bout practice. We talkin about practice...practice?"
Zook, unfortunately, had to go the same route yesterday when a reporter asked him about something that happened during a spring practice. Yes, you read that right, the guy asked him about something that occurred at practice 6 months ago.
Zook: "You asking me a question about the Spring? [gratuitous eye-roll]" If only he had added, "We talking about practice?"
Well done Coach, well done indeed.
AI's infamous, "We talkin'bout practice?"
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No TV Tuesday
Don't look down, it's depressing. Hang in there, only two more days until live action resumes.
You can do it. One step at a time.
Tom Osborne has Pelini's back
In terms of things that an AD can say publicly in support of his football coach, Tom Osborne hit a grand slam in this brief radio interview.
Literally, if Pelini had scripted it himself, we're not sure it would have come out any better.
Take a listen.
What do you say when you have to go play at Alabama
Vandy is going into T-Town this weekend to play Nick Saban's guys (7PM on ESPNU). Vandy had this past weekend off so there was plenty of time to watch the tape.
So, how do you lead off your game week presser when you're a massive underdog heading into Nick's house?
Well, if you're James Franklin, you lead off talking about how you are leading the nation in interceptions, then go on to say that your guys are 4 slots ahead of Alabama in turnover margin in the SEC. At this point, most of the reporters in the room are looking at you like you have just woken the dead.
Franklin then came around to conventional logic and gushed about how good Saban's defense is, "Collectively this is the best unit I've seen since I've been coaching college football. They are as big as any defense as I've ever seen...." Great offensive line, excellent running backs, very good special teams, etc...
Franklin eluded to possibly have some tricks up his sleeve planned for special teams against Bama as well.
A reporter asked if Alabama has any weaknesses. Franklin's response, "Every team has some weaknesses" but then couldn't name one.