As you may have seen and/or heard, Notre Dame’s thrilling overtime win over Stanford was not without controversy.
Following an Irish touchdown on its first possession of overtime that put the home-standing Domers up 20-13, Stanford proceeded to drive down inside the one-yard line and was facing a fourth-and-goal when Stepfan Taylor (no relation) was stuffed to preserve the Irish win. Or, depending on your fan colors, crossed the goal line, robbing the Cardinal of what would’ve been, pending a successful extra point, a score that sent the game into a second overtime.
In the NBC broadcast booth, color analyst Mike Mayock indicated that he had thought the ball had broken the plane of the goal line prior to either Taylor’s forward progress being stopped or his knee hitting the ground.
On Twitter, former NFL head of officiating and current FOX analyst Mike Pereira wrote that “[w]e have looked at ND/STA last play from every angle & feel that it is a TD. Progress was not ruled & runner was not down. Ball broke [plane].”
However, upon further review — by Pac-12 officials, incidentally — the ruling on the field was upheld, giving the Irish their sixth straight win to start the season and preserving their BcS hopes. The thing is, was it actually a stop by the Irish defense? See the clip below, starting at around the 1:20 mark:
So, after viewing the highlight yet again, did the officials make the right call? Or, did the Cardinal get jobbed by officials from its own conference? Sound off like you got a pair below, and then head to the comments section to whine and/or bitch and/or moan.
Reports: Paul Haynes out as head coach at Kent State
FootballScoop.com was the first to report Wednesday morning that Paul Haynes has been let go as the head football coach at Kent State. The Associated Press subsequently confirmed the initial report, noting that the Golden Flash players were informed of the move earlier today.
Told Kent State players were informed this morning that Haynes will not have his contract renewed. He went 14-45 in five seasons.
The not-yet-official move to part ways with Haynes is far from surprising as the former Ohio State and Arkansas assistant is just 14-45 during his five seasons at the school. For perspective, the Golden Flashes won 11 games in 2011, the year before Haynes’ arrival.
With Haynes’ ouster, there are now eight FBS head coach openings, with KSU joining Florida, Georgia Southern, Ole Miss, Oregon State, South Alabama, Tennessee, UCLA and UTEP.
Minnesota, P.J. Fleck reach agreement on contract extension
Not even through his first full season as head coach, and P.J. Fleck has already been rewarded for his work.
Minnesota announced Wednesday morning that it has reached an agreement on a contract extension with Fleck into 2023. The 36-year-old head coach originally signed a five-year contract with the school, making this a two-year extension.
A December meeting of the school’s Board of Regents will rubber stamp the extension and make it official.
“It’s an honor to coach at the University of Minnesota and in the Big Ten,” said Fleck in a statement. “[athletic director] Mark Coyle and I share the same goal of building a championship culture and team at Minnesota. It’s a goal that we are working on daily together and one that we will achieve. I am proud of how hard our young men have worked to improve this season on living a holistic life. They have taken great strides in bettering themselves athletically, academically, socially and spiritually. I look forward to leading them and watching them grow on and off the field as we continue to move this program forward.”
In his first season at Minnesota after coming to the Big Ten program from Western Michigan, Fleck has the Gophers at 5-6. Fleck took over a team that won nine games in 2016, and, if they fail to beat fifth-ranked Wisconsin Saturday, would have their fewest wins in a season since going 3-9 in Jerry Kill‘s first year in 2011.
On the flip side, his five wins are the first for a first-year Gophers coach since Murray Warmath won seven games in 1954. Additionally, he became the first coach to win his Gophers debut since John Gutekunst did the same back in 1986.
“When we hired Coach Fleck, I talked about his authentic energy and passion, and his dedication to building a unique team culture. This year, I have seen our students connect with his energy and embrace that culture,” Coyle said in his statement. “From the commitment and hard work of our current students, to building a nationally-ranked recruiting class that will be among the best in program history, I have seen the foundation of what Coach Fleck is building, and I’m looking forward to supporting him for years to come.”
Status of TCU’s top two QBs up in the air for Baylor game
For a game with significant implications on a couple of levels, this is a little more than mildly intriguing, at least at this point in the week.
If TCU handles one-win Baylor Friday, the Horned Frogs will play Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game next Saturday. If they don’t, they could allow Iowa State to sneak into the title-game side door.
With that much on the line, Gary Patterson seemingly confirmed Tuesday that both his top two quarterbacks, Kenny Hill and Shawn Robinson, are questionable for the Week 13 home game vs. the Bears with unspecified injuries.
GP says even Shawn is questionable. Any of the three QBs could play this week. Shawn and Kenny are questionable. Grayson Muehlstein is the healthiest QB on the roster.
Hill started the first 10 games of the season, but was injured in the Week 11 loss to Oklahoma and was ultimately ruled out prior to the Tech game. Robinson then started his first career game in Week 12, but was injured in the win over the Red Raiders as well.
If neither is able to go, Grayson Muehlstein would get the nod. The redshirt sophomore, who has yet to attempt a pass in his career, would become the second Horned Frogs in as many weeks to make his first career start at the collegiate level.
Charles Barkley to serve as College GameDay’s guest picker ahead of huge Iron Bowl showdown
As it’s the last full Saturday of the 2017 college football season, there are a handful of huge matchups with significant implications both nationally and conference-wise. Given where each stands in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, however, there’s none bigger than No. 1 Alabama traveling to No. 6 Auburn in the latest edition of the Iron Bowl.
Not surprisingly, ESPN‘s wildly popular College GameDay pregame show had previously announced that it would set up shop on The Plains for the rivalry game. And just as much of a non-surprise is the show’s designated guest picker.
Of course, there’s also the little matter of a preseason bet with a certain ‘Bama starting quarterback that will no doubt get some run during Barkley’s third appearance on the show. His first two, Barkley picked Auburn… and was correct both times, the first being 2004 when he opted for his alma mater over Tennessee. The second? November of 2013, when he tabbed the Tigers to top the Tide, which they did.