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Old Fashioned College Football Podcast: 2013 Week 4 Preview
The boys are back with some Old Fashioned College Football. We discuss some Headline News, Major Injury News, Week 3 Records, and our predictions for Week 4 in College Football. Click that play button to have a listen!
Wisconsin/Arizona State Nightmare Finish – Pac 12 Refs Reprimanded
The Pac-12 on Monday reprimanded officials who worked Saturday’s game between Arizona State and Wisconsin for their handling of the bizarre finish.
Larry Scott was taking “additional sanctions against officials” for their failure to “properly administer the end of game situation and act with appropriate urgency on the game’s final play.”
“This was an unusual situation to end the game,” Scott said in the statement. “After a thorough review, we have determined that the officials fell short of the high standard in which Pac-12 games should be managed. We will continue to work with all our officials to ensure this type of situation never occurs again.”
“The idea of him putting the ball on the ground is to give the officials the opportunity to get the ball spotted quicker and cleaner,” Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen said. “The officials, wherever they were, but they weren’t there to turn around and get the ball. That whole process of Joel looking around behind him, walking back there, where am I going to put the ball, how am I going to put the ball, that takes time, that takes valuable seconds and moments.”
“The Pac-12 statement speaks for itself and is consistent with what we observed in the closing moments of the game,” Big Ten commissioner James Delany said in a statement Monday. “If properly officiated, the Wisconsin football team would have had an additional down.”
“There’s a human element to this game,” Arizona State coach Todd Graham said Monday. “You win or you lose. We won and let’s move onto the next deal. Obviously, that was a very unusual deal.”
“To me, personally, no,” the Wisconsin coach said. “It doesn’t change the outcome obviously and, like I said earlier, I don’t expect that. But, it’s accountability and at the end of the day, that’s what we asked for.”
Saban on Targeting Penalties
NCAA Targeting Rules
Rule 9-1, Article 3 (targeting with the crown of the helmet): No player shall target and initiate contact against an opponent with the crown (top) of his helmet. When in question, it is a foul.
Rule 9-1-4 (targeting to head/neck area of a defenseless player): No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, elbow or shoulder. When in question, it is a foul.
On overturning ejections: The replay official must have conclusive evidence that a player should not be ejected to overturn the call on the field.
“Personally, on the rule itself, if you can review a play to say a guy should be ejected or not be ejected, to me, you should be able to review if it was a penalty or not a penalty,” Saban said Monday. “That’s not what the rule is. You asked me my opinion. I’m giving you my opinion.”
At his news conference Monday, Brown echoed Saban’s sentiments.
“If we’re going to go upstairs, and we’re going to make a decision that it was not head-to-head and intentional, and if we’re going to make the decision it wasn’t even really a penalty, but since our rules says we can’t pick it up, if we’re going to take our time to delay the game and go up and make sure it’s not targeting, why in the world can’t you say, in fact, he hit him with his shoulder and it’s [not] even a penalty? I think that’s where it needs to change,” Brown said.
NCAA not going to pay athletes
What won’t change, however, is the amateur status of the players who make college athletics a billion-dollar business.
“One thing that sets the fundamental tone is there’s very few members and, virtually no university president, that thinks it’s a good idea to convert student-athletes into paid employees. Literally into professionals,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said Monday at Marquette University. “Then you have something very different from collegiate athletics. One of the guiding principles (of the NCAA) has been that this is about students who play sports.”
Tension is the through the roof in College Football:
The NCAA is also facing an antitrust lawsuit from former players who believe they’re owed millions of dollars in compensation.
“(There’s) enormous tension right now that’s growing between the collegiate model and the commercial model,” said Emmert, who spoke as part of Marquette’s “On the Issues” forum. “And, by the way, this is nothing new. This tension has been going on forever and ever. It has gotten greater now because the magnitude of dollars has gotten really, really large.”
“The most valuable (television) products are things you have to watch in real time, and that’s sports and ‘Dancing with the Stars,'” he added. “So we’re seeing an explosion in the value of sports media properties and that’s injected a lot of revenue into sports. … That’s led to a lot of the discussion. This whole notion of, first and foremost, treating student-athletes in fair fashion while still maintaining the student-athlete, is at the core of all of this.”
Overall Record Through Week 3
AP Top 25 Games
Colorado State @ 1 Alabama: Thomas – Alabama, Demetrios – Alabama, Briton – Alabama
2 Oregon Bye
3 Clemson @ NC State: Thomas – Clemson, Demetrios – Clemson, Briton – Clemson
Florida A&M @ 4 Ohio State: Thomas – Ohio, Demetrios – Ohio, Briton – Ohio
23 Arizona State @ 5 Stanford: Thomas – Stanford, Demetrios – Stanford, Briton – Stanford
Auburn @ 6 LSU: Thomas – LSU, Demetrios – LSU, Briton – LSU
Florida International @ 7 Louisville: Thomas – Louisville, Demetrios – Louisville, Briton – Louisville
Bethune-Cookman @ 8 Florida State: Thomas – Florida State, Demetrios – Florida State, Briton – Florida State
North Texas @ 9 Georgia: Thomas – Georgia, Demetrios – Georgia, Briton – Georgia
Southern Methodist @ 10 Texas A&M: Thomas – Texas A&M, Demetrios – Texas A&M, Briton – Texas A&M
11 Oklahoma State Bye
12 South Carolina Bye
New Mexico State @ 13 UCLA: Thomas – UCLA, Demetrios – UCLA, Briton – UCLA
14 Oklahoma Bye
15 Michigan @ Connecticut: Thomas – Michigan, Demetrios – Michigan, Briton – Michigan
Savannah State @ 16 Miami (FL): Thomas – Miami (FL), Demetrios – Miami (FL), Briton – Miami (FL)
Idaho State @ 17 Washington: Thomas – Washington, Demetrios – Washington, Briton – Washington
Maine @ 18 Northwestern: Thomas – Northwestern, Demetrios – Northwestern, Briton – Northwestern
Tennessee @ 19 Florida: Thomas – Florida, Demetrios – Florida, Briton – Florida
Louisiana-Monroe @ 20 Baylor: Thomas – Baylor, Demetrios – Baylor, Briton – Baylor
21 Ole Miss Bye
Michigan State @ 22 Notre Dame: Thomas – Michigan State, Demetrios – Notre Dame, Briton – Michigan State
Purdue @ 24 Wisconsin: Thomas – Wisconsin, Demetrios – Wisconsin, Briton – Wisconsin
Texas State @ 25 Texas Tech: Thomas – Texas Tech, Demetrios – Texas Tech, Briton – Texas Tech
GAME OF THE WEEK: Delaware State @ North Dakota State: Thomas – North Dakota State, Demetrios – North Dakota State, Briton – North Dakota State