Controversial Call in USC-UVA Game Gets Officials Suspended

14 Sep

Maybe the call that took away Mike London’s his second win as University of Virginia Head Coach causes officials to be reprimanded.

During a critical point in the game UVA called for a fake punt and was successful. However, the officials working the game flagged UVA for blocking below the waist. Blocking below the waist on a regular punt is a penalty. But in this case it is considered a normal down and shouldn’t have been called. Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement that Virginia was called for blocking below the waist on a second-quarter fake punt. By rule, however, no penalty was warranted because no kick was made.

He went on to say “the officials recognized the mistake after the fact and apologized to the Virginia coaching staff. We know mistakes are made in games, but we will not tolerate our officials misinterpreting the rules,” He further went on to say “We believe the reprimand and removal from a future assignment are appropriate.”

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