Last week, it was Pac-10 officials in taketh away mode when it came to Washington.
This weekend, they were in full-blown giveth mode — allegedly — as far as the Huskies are concerned. And at the expense of the Arizona Wildcats.
Real quickly to recap what happened, Washington scored 15 points in 18 seconds late in the fourth quarter to pull out a 36-33 win over Arizona. The second of those points came off an interception return for a touchdown. And it’s the reason for the brewing mini-controversy.
A screen pass intended for UA’s Delashaun Davis instead bounced off the shoe of the receiver — according to referees — and was plucked out of the air by UW linebacker Mason Foster, who returned it 37 yards with 2:37 left for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown.
While the referees working the game ruled that the ball did not make contact with the ground before or after hitting Davis’ heel, plenty of UA fans are from certain.
Here’s a YouTube clip of the play. Pay particular attention to the :53 and 1:07 marks of the clip:
And here’s a picture taken from the cell phone of a Huskies fan who claims there’s no doubt that it hit the ground:
So, what say ye? Did it hit the ground, or did the officials get it right?
Personally, you can’t tell squat from the picture, and the clip linked above seems to indicate the right call was made. At the very least, there was clearly not enough evidence to overturn the call on the field.
UNLV goes Ivy in replacing RBs coach poached by North Carolina
Raided by the ACC, UNLV has officially turned its eyes to the Ivy League for its coaching replacement.
Travis Burkett, the football program has announced, has been hired the Rebels’ running backs coach. Burkett will replace DeAndre Smith, who left last week for a job at North Carolina.
Smith had been with Tony Sanchez‘s program for just three months or so, coming to Las Vegas by way of Purdue.
The past 10 seasons, Burkett served as an assistant at Cornell. Prior to that, he was a graduate assistant at Bucknell.
This will be Burkett’s first job at any capacity at the FBS level. His new employer added the following in announcing his addition:
At UNLV, Burkett inherits a rushing attack that stood 15th in the nation last fall with 241.5 yards per game, which ranked fourth in program history and was the most since 1979. All three of the team’s top rushers return in 2017.
Vandy turns to familiar face to fill coaching role of assistant fighting cancer
With an assistant fighting a significant health issue, Derek Mason has turned to someone very familiar with the Vanderbilt football program to fill the coaching void.
Vandy confirmed Monday that Warren Belin has been hired as the Commodores’ outside linebackers coach. Belin will, at least temporarily, replace Osia Lewis, who stepped down from his job as he battles liver cancer. Lewis will transition into an of-field role within the program as he fights the disease.
The announcement came on the same day Vandy kicked off spring practice.
In opting to leave Miami in late January, Gus Edwards was restricted by the university from transferring to two of his top choices in Pittsburgh and Syracuse as they were on this coming season’s schedule. A little over a month later, the Staten Island native, who wanted to transfer and move closer to home as he was a new father, has found his new college football home in the same area of the country.
On its official Twitter account earlier Monday, Rutgers announced that Edwards has transferred into the Scarlet Knights football program. As Edwards will be coming in as a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2017.
The upcoming season will be the running back’s final year of eligibility.
The Bulldogs announced Monday night that they have reached an agreement on a four-year contract extension with head football coach Dan Mullen. The new deal means Mullen is signed through February of 2021.
According to the school, Mullen’s financial package will be $4.5 million for 2017. Mullen was paid $4.2 million in 2016, a figure that was seventh in the SEC according to USA Today‘s salary database.
“I am very thankful to the University and athletic administration for their belief in me,” Mullen, the subject of myriad coaching carousel rumors the last handful of years, said in a statement. “We have built a special program over the last eight years, creating a culture where winning is expected while achieving that in the toughest division in college football. I am proud of what we have accomplished, and I am truly excited about the direction we are heading as a program. This extension allows my family a long-term future here in Starkville, a place we are proud to call home.”
Since taking over as MSU’s coach in 2009, Mullen has guided the Bulldogs to a 61-42 record overall and 29-35 in conference play. In those eight seasons, the best divisional finish was second in 2014. In the other seven seasons, they were either fifth (five times) or fourth (twice) in the SEC West.
The Bulldogs have gone to a bowl game each of the past seven seasons, the longest such streak in school history. They’re also 5-3 against Ole Miss under Mullen.
“Dan has brought unprecedented success to Bulldog football and is one of the elite coaches in the country,” athletic director John Cohen said. “From a school-record seven straight bowl games to our performance in the classroom, he continues to raise the standard of excellence.”