A post or two down from this one, we mentioned a hit on Tim Tebow that Urban Meyer felt should have been penalized but wasn’t.
We had looked all over the ‘net, utilizing our very limited Google skills, and couldn’t find a clip of it. Thanks to the Orlando Sentinel, we now have one.
Here’s the play Meyer addressed earlier today in his SEC coaches teleconference:
Clearly, Georgia’s Nick Williams could’ve — check that, should’ve — been flagged on the play. It very much seemed to fall within some sort of an unnecessary roughness/roughing the quarterback circle, and Meyer was right to send it to the league for review. No doubt it.
But that’s not the point in this situation.
The point is whether or not Meyer opened up a Slivora’s Box for the SEC by his comments that were seemingly critical of the officials for not calling a penalty on the play. Again, given the conference’s new policy on criticizing officials, does what Meyer said fall under the new guidelines, and should he be facing a suspension?
By attempting to solve one problem, the SEC looks to have created a whole other set of unintended consequences. And a situation where the head coach of the No. 1 team in the country and the defending national champions could find himself sidelined if the SEC’s edict has any type of teeth at all.