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.
On April 25, East Carolina announced that Kurt Benkert had decided to transfer out of the Pirates football program. Less than a week later, the quarterback has found himself a new football home.
On Twitter Sunday afternoon, Benkert confirmed that he will be enrolling at Virginia and continuing his collegiate playing career with the Cavaliers. Beckert also acknowledged his decision in a text message to 247Sports.com.
“I’m really excited to be here,” Beckert said in a portion of the brief text.
As you may know, Richt and UGA parted ways this offseason, with the head coach ultimately moving on to Miami to take over his alma mater’s football program. As expected, his departure from Athens was classy.
Just as expected, one of Richt’s returns to his old stomping grounds further showed his class.
In Athens for my wife’s graduation from nursing school. Able to reflect. Thanks DawgNation for the love through the years. My best to Kirby!
And, not surprisingly, those players are going to get paid.
According to PennLive.com‘s David Jones, those players will sign contracts that could be worth a total of $120 million. Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch has the number pegged slightly lower at $111,462,707. Either way, that’s a lot of cash — and a lot dollar signs for Urban Meyer to flout in front of potential recruits.
Of course, not all of that money is guaranteed, although the guaranteed dollars involved aren’t too shabby either. From the Dispatch:
Just the signing bonuses alone, which range from Bosa’s projected $17,017,226 to Jones’ $383,393, have an expected total of $60,526,660. Unless a player does something to cause his contract to be voided, signing bonuses are theirs to keep.
Regardless of how you spin it, former Buckeyes did quite well financially the last couple of days. And, as Jones alludes to when it comes to James Franklin and Penn State specifically and the Big Ten in general, Meyer and the Buckeyes are in an entirely different zip code than the rest of the conference — a fact that will no doubt come up on the vast expanses of the recruiting trail.
The good news for Franklin and Penn State: They had three of those 11. The bad news for them and everyone else in the league: Urban Meyer is probably preparing a recruiting flyer right now with a 9-figure dollar amount printed in big bold numbers.
Veteran NFL assistant reportedly to fill Alabama’s coaching vacancy
Dunbar served as Nick Saban‘s strength & conditioning coach at LSU from 2001-02, and then returned to Baton Rouge as Les Miles‘ line coach in 2005 after spending two years (2003-04) in the same position at Oklahoma State.
Most of Dunbar’s coaching career, though, especially recently, has come at the NFL level.
From 2006-11, Dunbar was the line coach for the Minnesota Vikings, and then held the same job with the New York Jets from 2012-2014. Hired by Rex Ryan to coach the Buffalo Bills’ line in 2015, Dunbar was fired in March of this year.
Dunbar is a former NFL defensive lineman who played for Arizona in 1994-95, when Ryan was one of his Cardinals assistant.