SEC admits refs blew call in Gator game

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We noted on Saturday that it looked as though Florida received a little bogus help from SEC officials in their “win” over Arkansas.

Most notably, there was a pass interference call that wasn’t and a phantom personal foul on an Arkansas player.  Additionally, a case could be made that UF wide receiver Riley Cooper committed offensive pass interference after those two blown calls. (The three calls under suspicion can be viewed right HERE.)

Well, this afternoon, the SEC admitted the officials working the game had erred, although they only publicly admitted that one of the calls was wrong.

After reviewing the events in The Swamp, the conference released a statement addressing the personal foul call.

“After video review, there was no evidence on the video to support the personal foul penalty called on Arkansas midway through the fourth quarter.”

The league did not publicly address the pass interference call that preceded the personal foul and occurred on the same drive, but the Orlando Sentinel reports that the SEC said that call was a “judgment call” and “a review of those calls have been communicated to Arkansas.”

It should also be noted that the same crew involved in the events this past Saturday was responsible for the phantom excessive celebration penalty on Georgia’s A.J. Green in the LSU-UGA game.  The league came out shortly after that game and admitted the officials should not have flagged Green.

Look, it’s all well and good that the SEC is willing to admit that their officials are not infallible.  But, when are they going to, you know, prevent it from happening before it really costs someone a game?  Especially when it comes to the crew that seemingly has no clue as to what exactly constitutes a personal foul or excessive celebration.

All this is doing, right or wrong, is making the conference look shady, and giving conspiracy theorists ample video ammunition that something is not on the up and up.

UPDATE: Here is the full text of the press release from the SEC, courtesy of the Birmingham News:

As is standard procedure, following each game, institutions will send a list of plays from its previous game to the conference office for review and comment. We have been in contact with Arkansas concerning this review from its game against Florida. We did communicate to Arkansas that, after video review, there was no evidence on the video to support the personal foul penalty called on Arkansas midway through the fourth quarter. The other calls that were referenced are judgment calls and a review of those calls have been communicated to Arkansas.

Report: Duke Williams injured Auburn teammate with punch in ‘bar rampage’

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 29:  D'haquille Williams #1 of the Auburn Tigers misses a touchdown catch in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.

Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program.  A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.

The unnamed, however, now has a name.

According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”

Malzahn was asked Tuesday if any other Tiger players were involved in the incident. “I’m not going to get into any details,” the coach said according to

No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.

“We cannot file charges until the injured person(s) comes forward,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told the television station. “Unless an officer personally sees a fight, no arrests can be made.”

Illini’s leading rusher, Josh Ferguson, officially ruled out vs. Iowa

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If Illinois is going to improve upon its solid 4-1 start to the 2015 season, it’ll have to do so without a significant cog in its offensive machinery.

On the official injury report release Thursday night, the Illini confirmed that Josh Ferguson has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against No. 22 Iowa.  The decision is not exactly a surprise as Ferguson has been doubtful in the run-up to the road game against the Hawkeyes.

Ferguson sustained an injury to his right shoulder in the first quarter of last Saturday’s last-second win over Nebraska, and has been unable to practice at all this week.

Ferguson’s 381 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 5.4 yards per carry are all tops on the team.  He’s added 12 receptions for 28 yards and another touchdown coming out of the backfield.

With Ferguson sidelined, the bulk of the running-game load is expected to shift to Ke’Shawn Vaughn.  Through five games, Vaughn is second on the Illini with 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns.