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Report: Big 12 representative apologized for blown call; conference says no


Texas came away with a 41-36 victory over Oklahoma State in Week 6. The final score of the game was a 2-yard run from Longhorns running back Joe Bergeron with 30 seconds remaining.

There are likely more than a few OSU fans who thought Bergeron’s touchdown shouldn’t have been one at all. Bergeron dove forward into a goal line pile, but it was Cowboys safety Daytawion Lowe who came up with the football. Still, linesman Brad Edwards had already signaled touchdown, the call was reviewed and confirmed in the booth.

According to the Daily Oklahoman, the Big 12’s head of officiating Walt Anderson called OSU coach Mike Gundy and “apologized profusely” for what was determined to be a botched call. Anderson reportedly told Gundy that Bergeron indeed fumbled the ball before crossing the goal line (you can review the play for yourself HERE). Additionally, the Oklahoman reports “a second source added umpire Scott Teifer, who was watching the play from the end zone, also did not communicate properly with Edwards by telling him the ball was on the ground before it crossed the goal line.”

In that regard, the call on the field (touchdown) would be incorrect. However, by rule, since Lowe did not demonstrate clear recovery, possession would have stayed with Texas.

However, the Big 12 conference’s official Twitter page released a short statement a while later saying the Oklahoman report was “inaccurate.” Additionally, OSU associate AD Kevin Klintworth tweeted “AD Mike Holder is unaware of an apology from the #big12.”

During his Sunday teleconference, Gundy expressed his disappointment in the call, but added that nothing could be done about it.

Apparently, not even an apology. Or, a fake one for that matter. Either one.

Starting LB C.J. Johnson reveals surgery on social media, Ole Miss confirms

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Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.

With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future.  The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.

Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.  The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.

At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas.  The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.

Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels.  He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.

Butch Jones labels rumor of ‘physical altercation’ with Vols player ‘absolutely ridiculous’

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers yells at Marquez North #8 during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.

The website Gridiron.com, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August.  The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.

From the site’s report:

The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.

The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”

Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”

At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations.  Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.