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.”