New Era Pinstripe Bowl - Kansas State v Syracuse

K-State gets beat by ‘Cuse, hosed by zebras at Yankee Stadium


First, let’s make this clear right off the top.  All congratulations to Syracuse for a much-deserved win over Kansas State in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, and congratulations to head coach Doug Marrone for having what was once a moribund football program headed in the right direction.

That team and that coach deserves a ton of credit for what they’ve accomplished in 2010.

That said, the officials blew it.  Absolutely, utterly blew it.  For the first 59 minutes, Syracuse-Kansas State was turning into arguably the best bowl game of the year. Then, the officials tripped over their own junk and/or egos and/or rule books.

With just over a minute to play in the fourth quarter, KSU quarterback Carson Coffman connected with Adrian Hillborn on a 30-yard touchdown pass that brought the Wildcats to within a successful two-point conversion of tying the game 38-all… but, wait.  In the immediate aftermath of the touchdown, Hillborn gave a military-style salute to the crowd.  That was it, just a simple salute that wasn’t of the single-digit variety.  And he was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The penalty pushed the two-point conversion that could’ve sent the game into overtime back 15 yards, leaving the Wildcats with little chance of converting.  Of course, they didn’t, and Syracuse drained the remaining 1:13 off the clock to come away with a 38-36 win.

Again, all credit to the Syracuse players and coaching staff; this blatant display of ignorance on the part of the officiating crew did not cost Kansas State the game.  It sure helped decide it, though, and that should never, ever happen, especially on such a nitpick call at the end of what was a great college football game.

Hillborn was flagged for supposedly bringing attention to himself.  Oddly enough, that’s exactly what the zebras did with their lack of discretion and understanding of the situation.

So, congrats Trigger-Happy Officiating Guy.  And, as a reward for your professionalism, I’m saluting you as well; guess how many fingers I’m holding up…

Rutgers WR Carroo expected to have assault charges dropped

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Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo could have a charge of simple assault dropped by a New Jersey court today. The woman he is accused of slamming to the concrete has agreed to drop the restraining order request and has asked the assault charge against the Rutgers receiver be dropped as well. reports today the woman and Carroo each appeared in a family court on Tuesday, and the woman told the judge she is not scared of Carroo.

So, what does this mean for football? Simply put, it means Carroo may be eligible to play again as soon as this weekend. That would be good timing, as Rutgers is set to host Michigan State this Saturday night.

Carroo has been sitting out while serving an indefinite suspension while this legal process plays out. Carroo has missed each of the last two games for Rutgers, against Penn State and Kansas. Rutgers was off this past weekend. If this legal process does play out as it is expected at this point, Carroo could be reinstated quickly and promptly, making him eligible to return right away. Carroo is one fo the best players on the roster, so having him back and eligible to play is very good news for the Scarlet Knights offense.

Gamecocks still hope to host LSU Sat., but alternatives being evaluated

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The recent flooding in the state of South Carolina has brought many dangers and concerns much more important than football with it, but this being a college football-focused website we must dive into the connection real life issues have with the sport from time to time. South Carolina is scheduled to host LSU in Columbia this Saturday, and that still appears to be the plan. Alternate plans have been discussed though, just in case they will be needed as the week unfolds.

The very concept of moving a college football game to another stadium is indeed a rare situation. It is not, however, completely without precedent. The 1942 Rose Bowl between Duke and Oregon State (my how the times have changed) was moved from Pasadena, California across the country to be played in Durham, North Carolina. This was out of fear of the west coast being attacked during World War II though. LSU’s Tiger Stadium has served as a home football stadium for a weather-related event in the past as well. The New Orleans Saints played four games in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and forced the Saints to play the entire 2005 season on the road.

Today is only Tuesday, so there is still some time to make sure Williams-Brice Stadium and the surrounding area is suitable for hosting the SEC contest this weekend. Odds are the game will be able to be played as scheduled, but safety for fans and teams involved is always the priority.