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The ACC surprised more than a few people Monday when it announced it would be issuing suspensions to three officials and one player for separate blown calls over the weekend in games between Duke and North Carolina, and Florida State and Miami.

Following a weekly review of game footage, the ACC has issued letters of reprimand to the entire officiating crew that worked the FSU-Miami game. Additionally, “David Epperley (crew chief and referee) has been suspended for one game for failure to properly administer the 10-second runoff rule at the end of the first half.”

From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

The controversy began with a false-start call on the Seminoles at the end of the first half. Epperley announced the penalty, which occurred in the closing seconds of the second quarter, would result in a 10-second runoff and end the half.

The teams started running off the field before being called back. Epperley said Florida State avoided the run off since it had a timeout left.

Also, North Carolina linebacker Shakeel Rashad has been suspended for this weekend’s game against North Carolina State for a hit on Duke’s Conner Vernon, which you can view below. Two officials working the game,  head linesman Tyrone Davis and side judge Angie Bartis, “have been issued one-game suspensions for failure to adhere to correct mechanics of the game and rules related to player safety.”

“It was full speed, and there was no intent to avoid,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said of the hit Sunday via the News & Observer. “We were going to turn it in but we understand now that the conference office is looking at it, and I’ll be interested to see what they say.

“People have seen it, you’ve seen it on television, I’ve just never seen anything quite like it. I was amazed when I saw that this morning. I don’t know, I’m kind of speechless about it. I’ve never had that happen in my entire career. Very unusual.”

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said Rashad did not intend to hurt Vernon. Rashad later issued an apology.

“I want to apologize to Duke’s Conner Vernon for running into him during Saturday’s game.  I was in a hurry to get on the field and focused on where I was going,” Rashad said. “I have been playing football for most of my life and I have never been involved in that type of incident.  I did not mean to run into him and I’m glad he was not hurt.  He’s a great receiver and I wish him the best.”

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15 Responses to “ACC suspends officials, UNC player for failure to adhere to rules”
  1. juanquixote says: Oct 22, 2012 7:54 PM

    Good move by the ACC in suspending Rashad, the hit was blatant and dirty

  2. kleppnasty says: Oct 22, 2012 8:02 PM

    One game is only valid if you think it was an accident. 3 seems better for that blatant cheapest of cheap shots.

  3. mogogo1 says: Oct 22, 2012 8:13 PM

    That UNC hit is one of the weirdest plays I’ve ever seen. On the one hand, it’s hard to believe it was on purpose given it was right out there in front of everybody. On the other hand, he certainly does lower his shoulder into the guy when you watch it on replay.

    And what is missing from the story regarding the officials at the Miami-Florida State game? Why would the entire crew get written up over a 10-second runoff not happening? That would seem to be the head referee’s error entirely. (Possibly you could fault the side judge for not knowing the rule, since he’s the one mainly responsible for timing.) But on a 7-man crew, at least three guys have no duties concerning timing of any kind and thus probably wouldn’t even be consulted in a case like that.

  4. jmb795 says: Oct 22, 2012 9:01 PM

    My understanding is The FSU-Miami crew got pink slips for shoddy calls. The head ref got his suspension because of the 10 second runoff mistake. He had to be “reminded” of the rule by Jimbo.

  5. Deb says: Oct 22, 2012 9:42 PM

    @mogogo1 …

    It’s hard to believe the hit was deliberate? What does the film show? That’s a big ol’ football field. Rashad had more than enough room to get onto the field without having to lower his shoulder and ram into Vernon. He didn’t seem terribly regretful when he and his teammate were congratulating each other.

    The officials deserved their one-game suspension for failing to eject Rashad at the time. But I was always taught that your punishment is worse if you fail to own up to what you do. So North Carolina Coach Fedora should have been suspended a game for rationalizing that behavior. And Rashad should have been suspended the remainder of the season for trying to sell that BS story.

  6. minibull says: Oct 22, 2012 11:34 PM

    Deb, good idea about suspending Rashad for the rest year – that’ll give him time to catch up in his Afro-American studies classes….

  7. crazycane says: Oct 23, 2012 7:38 AM

    FSU shouldn’t have had that TO left to begin with. Their Oline men required trainers to come out moments before which should’ve cost them their last TO.

  8. 24pointlead says: Oct 23, 2012 12:40 PM

    minibull, good thinking, but I doubt it will happen. I’ll bet the fastest thing about him are his feet.

  9. kozbee says: Oct 23, 2012 1:53 PM

    These refs have been missing alot of calls and even noticing alot of games when plays are over seems some refs like to add more to the play when placing the ball after the plays.Shame on you refs that like to cheat for the the teams that you place the ball for.At times we almost need a replay to catch all these bums.Take the stripes off the zebras and Deb Rashad should of been shown the door for the rest of the year.At seasons end i just wonder how much these refs really make after taking dirty money.Rats.

  10. crazycane says: Oct 23, 2012 2:35 PM

    koz, CFB refs have been horrible this year. ‘ESPECIALLY’ when it comes to overturning their own wrong calls. It’s as if they don’t want to go against themselves and would rather get it wrong and risk their pride getting hurt. ACC refs have been down right manipulative and have been playing favorites all year. All games are completely lop sided…

  11. ukeone says: Oct 23, 2012 3:55 PM

    I watched this tape over & over again…and I am convinced that this was a ‘blatantly cheap shot’ afflicted on the Duke player. There was ‘no logical reason’ for Rashad to run into the guy the way he did…there was lots of open-air space all around Vernon…and Rashad did lower his head and shoulders as to applying a ‘direct, deliberate hit’ on Vernon. No question in my mind that Rashad either did this on his own or was ‘told to do so’… it’s hard to believe that Rashad would have done this ‘on his own volition’ (that would have shown his acute stupidity and disregard for the game & would then warrant suspension from the game altogether)….but because this looks very suspicious, a further investigation should be done to determine how this hit came about….there is a lot more than meets the eye” here, my friends. That was indeed a ‘dirty’ act!

  12. floridacock says: Oct 23, 2012 4:45 PM

    who won?

  13. mogogo1 says: Oct 23, 2012 5:00 PM

    Deb says:

    @mogogo1 …

    It’s hard to believe the hit was deliberate? What does the film show?

    I freely acknowledged the film showed him lowering his shoulder. Still doesn’t mean it’s easy to believe it happened. I’ve never seen a play like that before in my life: A road game, and a televised game at that, play completely stopped, middle of the field with an official standing about 10 feet away. Bizarre that anybody would think they’d get away with it…and even crazier that he DID get away with it at the time.

  14. Deb says: Oct 23, 2012 5:14 PM

    @mogogo1 …

    Oh … I get you. And right with you on that. Seems like we’re seeing more and more of these bizarre incidents where players do crazy things on the field. That was especially out there, but people in general seem to have less impulse control these days. Yes, it was ridiculous that the officials just let it go. So glad the ACC didn’t let them get away with that!

  15. abrellbama says: Oct 23, 2012 5:42 PM

    It looked like Rashad ran into him on purpose from behind. Blindsided the poor boy for no reason. That is bizarre. If he was intent on where he was supposed to be going then I think he would see there is a Duke player in his way.

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