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LSU suffers consequences of new celebration rule

Drew Alleman, Brad Wing, Dewitt Stuckey

Before the start of the season, a somewhat controversial decision was made in the world of college football that if any player was flagged for taunting or excessive celebration before they crossed the plane of the goal line for a score, that the touchdown would be called back to the spot of the foul.

Unfortunately for LSU, the officials decided to enforce that new celebration rule on the Tigers today in their game against Florida. And, because LSU is coached by the one and only Les Miles, it only made sense that it would occur in the most bizarre of fashions.

On fake punt during the second quarter, LSU punter Brad Wing — who has been phenomenal this year, I might add — took off on a 44-yard run and scored a touchdown against a surprised Florida special teams unit. About 10-15 yards from the endzone, though, Wing raised his arms briefly while looking at the Gators in celebration.

That’s when the officials threw the flag, and LSU was forced to re-start their drive at the Florida 25-yard line. It was a sketchy call, but Wing put himself and his team in that position.

In any case, the call didn’t seem to matter. LSU is up big on Florida 24-0 at the half.

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19 Responses to “LSU suffers consequences of new celebration rule”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Oct 8, 2011 5:36 PM

    The great punter Wing from Australia was not made aware of the rule, but all special teams and punters and kickers will now be made aware of this new rule by their respective coaches throughout the SEC. Saw the play live, saw it three times on tape, and saw it twice on slow mo, and did not see any flagrant or excessive celebration, which I don’t think is possible in about 1 to 2 seconds by holding hands out like flying. Coach Miles congratulated the officials for calling the penalty. LSU lost a touchdown and settled for 3 points. Later that may make a difference, so we are glad it happened here and now. Strange play all together, representative of a Miles team.

    Ben: Correction…the penalty was imposed where it occured at the 10, with a 15 yard penalty added, so LSU received the ball at the Florida 25 and eventually settled for a field goal.

    Good game plan so far for LSU. Now for the second half….

  2. frug says: Oct 8, 2011 5:59 PM

    I’m glad they are finally cracking down on this behavior. When I watch a football game the last thing I want to see is players looking like they are having fun.

    (Eye Roll)

  3. thefiesty1 says: Oct 8, 2011 6:14 PM

    That was a cheap call. he just (barley) raised his arms. Thats not right. he’s just a kicker. would they have called it in a blow out against Vandy? I think NOT.

  4. alligatorsnapper says: Oct 8, 2011 6:32 PM

    A Tim Tebow flashback. Tebow did it to LSU. Jefferson does it to Florida. A jump pass for a TD.

    Tyrann Mathieu, 5’8″ has 6 tackles and just another takeaway (interception in the end zone). Whew. Great hands, great player. Great defense. It is fun to watch them.

  5. bucsraysboltsfan says: Oct 8, 2011 6:34 PM

    Reason #1,353,356 that the NCAA is evil and corrupt and should be abolished. Why do we put up with these idiots?

  6. alligatorsnapper says: Oct 8, 2011 6:38 PM

    bucsraysboltsfan: Reason #1,353,356…yes, that’s the rule and that’s another good reason.

  7. pjduffey says: Oct 8, 2011 8:30 PM

    @alligatorsnapper:
    Actually, Timmy did a mock cell phone call to the LSU fans, and it was in the end zone (under the new rule, the penalty would have been enforced at kickoff).

    The reason he did the cell phone wasn’t to taunt the players, it was to taunt the fans. They had gotten his number somehow and had been calling and texting non-stop–some of the texts and voicemails were pretty bad, apparently. That was his message to the dickwads that did it.

    In any event, the penalty didn’t make a difference. LSU was much better than us and dominated both lines of scrimmage (much like Alabama). I was very please with what I saw out of Brissett, couldn’t ask for more out of an 18 year old kid making his first start EVER.

  8. Mr. Hand says: Oct 8, 2011 9:16 PM

    Gator fans aren’t a particularly smart bunch, are they?

    “everybody in this room is now dumber for having read your comments…”

  9. tigersgeaux says: Oct 8, 2011 9:29 PM

    pjduffy: I remember the crass, vulgar, and profane comments and texts that Tebow received on his cell and the scandal it made in local news for a few days in Louisiana.

    Some were demanding prosecution of the offenders but I don’t think that ever happened. This new rule is absurd. It is more than absurd. Excessive celebration, excessive taunting, etc. maybe, what happened today, was not excessive anything.

    The LSU fans went crazy when Miles called for a jump pass at the goal line into the end zone for a touch down. They went crazy at my house as well. That was fun! Miles is a little crazy. I know southernpatriots has introduced him to alfalfa to “ween him off fescue” which he and Corso were eating on the ESPN commercial.

    I never was a great fan of defense as the southernpatriots huge clan are. But this season I am noticing the excellence of play of the defense. Now I am beginning to really appreciate good defenses and smash mouth football.

  10. cosanostra71 says: Oct 8, 2011 9:41 PM

    I thought that was a bad call. He wasn’t taunting, and even if he was, who cares? It’s football, not ballet. Taunting is as much a part of football as the forward pass, and rightfully so.

  11. peed1 says: Oct 8, 2011 10:04 PM

    Just a kid having a good time. He barely did anything anyway. All the refs did was proove they are as stupid as is this rule. Let them play the game.

  12. Deb says: Oct 8, 2011 11:05 PM

    Well, shoot. I didn’t see any of it. By the time I was able to tune in, the Tigers had the game well in hand, so I got busy with other things. Sometimes I do get irritated by players (including ours) getting cutsy as they head into the end zone. But this sounds like a lot of fuss over nothing.

    However, if they had to make an example of someone, thank goodness they did it when it wouldn’t impact the outcome of the game. Now (we can hope) everyone is aware of it and no one will get burned by it as the season goes on. I’ll never forget that Washington/BYU game. That was outrageous. That official should have been strung up by his pinky toes and flogged.

  13. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 9, 2011 1:02 AM

    NEW RULE: whenever a punter or kicker scores a touchdown, they should be able to celebrate however they’d like.

  14. suprmous says: Oct 9, 2011 5:02 AM

    I’m not one to swear but by Hail Mary Mother of Jesus where did all the fun go out of playing the game of football? This Catolic Cajun’s confused as all outdoors: the coaches seem to want to control the game and their players yet they want to take the element of fun out of it as well. I can see taking smack and trash talking out but pleassssssssse taking the fun out of it’s just wrong. I can remember when the Pro’s was fun and the players weren’t in it for the beaucoup mega bucks but now it’s turned into nothing but big business. Sooner or later it seems if not sooner this’ going to be the case with the College Level. Damned coaches are to teach and nothing more, give me a break. No disrespect but they can discipline without coming across as a bunch of hardnosed hard asses. How bout making a rule up running up the score and humiliating your opponent, i.e. Stoops, Spurrier, Satan (oh pardon me Saban). Surely there’s something to be said bout that isn’t there?

  15. rodgersrodgersheisking says: Oct 9, 2011 8:20 AM

    Damn you Goodell! Oh wait…

  16. Derty Ernie says: Oct 9, 2011 9:09 AM

    Didn’t take ole sleezy Les to get Jefferson back on the field did it. If I was the starter and Les replaced me and I was winning games for him, I’d tell him to kiss my patute and leave the program.

  17. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Oct 9, 2011 2:31 PM

    I coach an 8th grade rec league team. If you think the NCAA rules are tough my team was called for excessive celebration in the end zone because my players were jumping up and down too much according to the referee. Give me a break! They are a bunch of 13 year olds and were not taunting the other team. They were just excited and having fun. I guess you aren’t supposed to have fun in rec league ball.

  18. Deb says: Oct 9, 2011 4:12 PM

    rodgersrodgersheisking says:

    Damn you Goodell! Oh wait…
    ———————————————-

    Oh, I think that’s always an appropriate comment regardless of the circumstances ;)

  19. southernpatriots says: Oct 9, 2011 5:27 PM

    rodgersrodgersheisking: Now that is witty and funny!

    We guess now the punters and kickers will have to receive the warning instructions on this stupid new rule the coaches wanted. What a play to have as the first violation of the rule! Wing may want to be the poster child on this rule. We are surprised that all 5’8″ of Tyrann Mathieu did not violate this asinine new rule at some point in the Oregon game or any other game since.

    We have to go to Knoxville, Tuscaloosa, and Oxford and amongst our last games play Tennessee and the AAAs–Alabama, Auburn, and Arkansas. A continuation of murderer’s row, the gauntlet of the SEC and SEC West.

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