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Alabama’s Quinton Dial won’t be suspended for BCS title game

While not flagged for the high cheap-shot on Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray in the SEC championship game, many thought — even assumed — that Alabama’s Quinton Dial would be suspended for the BCS title game against Notre Dame after the hit was reviewed by the league office.

Upon further review?  “Move on.  Nothing to see here.  Please, disperse.

In a statement released Friday morning that did not specifically address the defensive end’s hit, the SEC announced that there would be no suspensions arising from several title-game plays that were reviewed by conference officials.

“The Southeastern Conference has completed its review of video from the 2012 SEC Football Championship Game.  Several plays involving both teams were reviewed. After review, all subsequent action will be handled internally by the two institutions and the conference office is satisfied with their actions.”

View the video and judge for yourself:


Appearing on the Smashmouth Radio Network shortly after the announcement, the SEC’s supervisor of football officials, Steve Shaw, acknowledged that the Dial’s hit should’ve been flagged — “We missed the call” — but it was “different from hits that resulted in suspension.”  In back-to-back weeks earlier this year, the SEC suspended players from Ole Miss and South Carolina for “a flagrant and dangerous act… to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet.

How Dial’s hit on Murray was different from the other two is head-scratching to say the least.  Arguably the biggest difference?  The Tide will play the Irish in the BCS championship game looking to extend the SEC’s streak of titles to seven and Dial has played in all 13 games as part of the defensive line rotation.

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61 Responses to “Alabama’s Quinton Dial won’t be suspended for BCS title game”
  1. be4bama says: Dec 14, 2012 11:39 AM

    You are exactly right!!!! The moment Murray’s pass was intercepted he became a defender and the play had not been blown dead. The outrage has been caused by the idiots at CBS (Vern and Gary). It is obvious they don’t care for BAMA. RTR

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. woebegong says: Dec 14, 2012 11:46 AM

    If the hit should have been flagged, then it is obvious that the refs. didn’t do their job in that particular case. The SEC refs. have missed a lot of calls against all teams this year. I think Slive needs to do an in depth review of all the officials at years end.
    I wouldn’t expect for a player to be suspended by the NCAA or the SEC, when the championship is on the line, if there were no injuries involved. Dial might want to be a little more careful about late hits though, because that hit, seen on national TV, has probably painted a target on his forehead.

  3. scalpemseminoles says: Dec 14, 2012 11:49 AM

    people arent mad he got hit, people are mad of how he was hit. it was helmet to helmet and launching.

  4. bman88 says: Dec 14, 2012 11:52 AM

    well I actually want to see Notre dame lose but it is a conflict of interest for the sec to make the decide on one of the Alabama players to miss the nc game. But Alabama fans probably don’t understand a conflict of interest.

  5. ttalarico says: Dec 14, 2012 12:05 PM

    Doesn’t matter. We’ll beat Bama with him playing!

    Go Irish!!!

    PS. I don’t see how anyone thought he would be suspended by the SEC. Get real.

  6. kozbee says: Dec 14, 2012 12:09 PM

    It was helmet to helmet but there was no injury but imo should of been a 15 yarder.I see no reason why Dial be suspended for the BCS game.Looks like they need to be able to have a replay if a player is trying to take the head off another player.More refs or more instant replays to stop injuries from happening.Give headcoaches the chance to throw red flags in case of bad hits to protect their players.JMO.

  7. pens5829 says: Dec 14, 2012 12:39 PM

    I’m a Bama fan, and would love nothing more than to see the Tide Roll all over ND, but this was a cheap hit (head shot) and should be dealt with via suspension. There’s no need for that kind of cheap football at any level.

  8. pryor4heisman says: Dec 14, 2012 12:42 PM

    Quinton Dial is a SCUMBAG just like his coach.

  9. slartibartfast4242 says: Dec 14, 2012 12:47 PM

    Much ado about nothing.
    It sure was a vicious hit, but, helmet-to-helmet it wasn’t. Murray himself said afterwards he wasn’t hit on the head. If in fact he had been, with the momentum Dial had, Murray would have been knocked out of the game.

    While I question the necessity of such a nasty ‘block,’ I can see it was directed with Dial’s shoulder and he follows that up with the movement of his arm as if he was dislodging Murray off of him.

    Also, let’s stop with the conspiracy theories involving the SEC office. I don’t see Dial as being that much of an impact-ful player capable of deciding the outcome of a National Championship game.

  10. ttalarico says: Dec 14, 2012 12:58 PM

    Are you watching a different video or what??

  11. johosophat says: Dec 14, 2012 1:17 PM

    “It sure was a vicious hit, but, helmet-to-helmet it wasn’t.”

    Boy, watching that video, Murray’s shoulder looks an awful lot like a head to me.

  12. vie05ua says: Dec 14, 2012 1:25 PM

    Dial’s hit on Murray was a little dirty, but, tbh, it doesn’t even compare with Dawson’s attempt at eye gouging Milliner in front of a ref, and the ref throwing an 15 at Milliner for just throwing him off.

    I can’t figure out why no one is ticked off at the Dawson eye gouge bit. I’ve yet to see a single report on it, even with all the videos that are out there of it.

    And like someone said, Murray even said it wasn’t a helmet to helmet. Well, it kinda was, but it wasn’t a direct helmet to helmet. If you watch close, Dial’s head is deflected by Murray’s shoulders. Murray’s head barely even moved, and the helmets basically ground past ear to ear.

  13. foreverlsu says: Dec 14, 2012 2:13 PM

    Typical bias for Alabama from the league office and SEC Supervisor of officials, Steve Shaw, who just happens to be an ALABAMA GRADUATE! No shock here!

  14. getsome99 says: Dec 14, 2012 2:23 PM

    I don’t think anyone is questioning whether the hit was legal. The point is whether it was necessary or not. Plus, he led with his shoulder and hit a defenseless player who was clearly not involved in the play. Legal? Maybe/maybe not? Unnecessary and cheap? Absolutely.

    Then again, no one is surprised by any of this. Notre Dame is actually happy that this thug is not suspended because they don’t want to hear any excuses from the SEC when the Irish beat Alabama’s ass!

  15. wabbitslayer says: Dec 14, 2012 2:27 PM

    A little ashamed (but only a little) to admit this, but I think I just might chuckle a little bit if in the first quarter or so, Monti Te’o lays out McCarron flat-out cold with a similar “clean” hit.

  16. wabbitslayer says: Dec 14, 2012 2:27 PM

    yeah, typo, Manti…

  17. vie05ua says: Dec 14, 2012 2:50 PM

    @getsome99 – Legal, yes. Necessary… maybe, maybe not. He was not a defenseless player, and he was in a blocking lane. Maybe not a lane that was being used or going to be used, but he was in a blocking lane.

    I think Notre Dame fans underestimate Alabama. ND hasn’t played anyone of a high caliber yet, save a near loss to Stanford, and think it’s going to be a good game. Neither team will roll over the other, as both have phenomenal defenses, with… average offenses. ND has been lucky this year, with Pittsburgh missing a chip FG, Kiffin handing ND a game… There were only 3 “blow outs” for notre dame this year, and the ability to avoid a conference championship because they’re greedy jerks.

  18. ttalarico says: Dec 14, 2012 2:59 PM

    Greedy jerks huh?

    Just another jealous fan. Of course if your team had a chance to have the same situation ND has, you would pass on it. Right!

    And we don’t underestimate Bama. It’s going to be a tough game.

    Go Irish!

  19. florida727 says: Dec 14, 2012 3:01 PM

    I’m an SEC fan through-and-through. I think it’s the best football conference in America. But even I disagree with this and will state plain and simple: this is blatant self-servitude.

    How in the heck can you watch that video and NOT suspend him for the next game… unless, of course, that “next game” happens to be the national championship game and you’re more concerned with extending a streak of crystal footballs accumulated than being ethical?

    Sorry, Mike Slive. Dial needed to be suspended, and you failed this exam. I’m still going to root for ‘Bama because they’re in the SEC, but I hope this guy doesn’t contribute in any meaningful way. He does not deserve to play. If this was a pre-conference game, he’d be in street clothes on the sidelines for the next game. If Saban had the ethics I’ve credited him with, HE’D suspend the guy. (Yeah, that’ll happen.)

    Sorry. Venting here, but I lost a lot of respect for the conference on this one.

  20. foreverlsu says: Dec 14, 2012 3:27 PM


    This ruling did not surprise me in the least. It is about time that the commissioner act like a commissioner and provide fair and equitable treatment involving Alabama.

    Compliments to John Taylor for providing readers links to the videos for Ole Miss and South Carolina players that were suspended by the league as a comparison to the treatment of the Alabama player.

    I will cheer for ole Notre Dame in this one. Thoroughly disgusted with the actions of this commissioner.

    For those that do not see a pattern in the treatment of Alabama, please remember that Alabama’s eastern division opponents for this year included Missouri and Tennessee while in 2013 Alabama will play Tennessee and Kentucky, teams that had a combined record of 1-15 in 2012.

  21. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Dec 14, 2012 3:39 PM

    LOL at Alabama fans saying this wasn’t a bad hit but were complaining about the hit on McCarron.

  22. casals544 says: Dec 14, 2012 3:52 PM

    When the ball was intercepted, Murray became a defender. If Murray was the only Georgia player between the Bama interceptor and the goal line, Murray would have had to take a shot at stopping him.

    Murray was a defender and a Bama player had every right to block for an oncoming Bama player running toward the goal.

  23. Deb says: Dec 14, 2012 3:55 PM

    @foreverlsu …

    Excuse me? Typical bias for Alabama. Um, honey, I missed the suspension for Tyrann Mathieu last year for his blindside assault on Dre Kirkpatrick during our regular-season meeting that not only knocked Kirkpatrick out of the game but sent him to the hospital with a concussion. Your most sanctimonious fans were on the board right after the game calling for his suspension–and five minutes later when the “Honey Badger” didn’t even get an internal rebuke were suddenly praising his great play. Me pointing out what a thug he’d been is part of why I so suddenly became persona non grata after defending these fans and their team all over CFT all season.

    So PLEASE spare me the vomit-worthy hypocrisy about the special treatment afforded Dial. Whatever Shaw’s background, the Mathieu incident was far worse with far more serious results and he just went on his merry way without so much as a slap on the wrist.

    Dial should have been flagged–as I said at the time. The refs blew the call, and that’s that. If he were in the NFL, he would have been fined but not suspended. Making the kid miss the championship game–when your kid didn’t even thought he put Dre in the hospital–is a bit much.

  24. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Dec 14, 2012 3:56 PM

    casals544 says:

    When the ball was intercepted, Murray became a defender. If Murray was the only Georgia player between the Bama interceptor and the goal line, Murray would have had to take a shot at stopping him.

    Murray was a defender and a Bama player had every right to block for an oncoming Bama player running toward the goal.


    Every right to hit him while leading with his helmet in the helmet?

  25. foreverlsu says: Dec 14, 2012 3:58 PM

    casals544 says:Dec 14, 2012 3:52 PM

    When the ball was intercepted, Murray became a defender. If Murray was the only Georgia player between the Bama interceptor and the goal line, Murray would have had to take a shot at stopping him.

    Murray was a defender and a Bama player had every right to block for an oncoming Bama player running toward the goal.

    The fact that he was a defender has nothing to do with this. It was an illegal hit and THAT is why he should have been suspended. Take off the crimson colored glasses and look at the play again and compare it to the link in the article that says “Ole Miss”

  26. foreverlsu says: Dec 14, 2012 4:11 PM

    Wow Deb! Way to spin that one. Dre Kirkpatrick walked off the field on his own after that play so if he went to the hospital, he must have done something else. Oh and Tyrann Mathieu was suspended for a half the next week AND he apologized to Dre Kirkpatrick. Nice try though.

    That’s right, Deb – typical bias for Alabama. The videos speak for themselves and Steve Shaw graduated from Alabama.

  27. foreverlsu says: Dec 14, 2012 4:20 PM

    Uh Deb, don’t even discuss LSU fans when Harvey Updyke and Brian Downing represent the University of Alabama!

  28. hor2012 says: Dec 14, 2012 4:33 PM

    I saw the play when it happened. I don’t think it was dirty but it wasn’t necessary.

  29. Deb says: Dec 14, 2012 5:01 PM

    @foreverlsu …

    Yes. The video speaks for itself.

    And you’re telling me that Shaw and the NCAA suspended Mathieu for half a week? Half a week–which included the championship game? Really? You’re saying the NCAA is biased toward Bama and when I point out that THE NCAA didn’t suspend Mathieu for a game either, you’re countering that he was suspended for half a game. So you’re saying SHAW DID SUSPEND MATHIEU FOR A GAME? RIGHT?


    And I VERY SPECIFICALLY said that some sanctimonious LSU fans on this board treated me like dirt after I’d defended THEM and YOUR TEAM all over these boards. That has nothing to do with two asses breaking the law. I’m sure many LSU fans have broken the law. Tyrann Mathieu keeps breaking the law. So your inclusion of Updyke and Downing in this discussion was off-topic, petty, and pretty much a prick thing for you to do in these circumstances. Wow, when you show your colors, you show them.

  30. Deb says: Dec 14, 2012 5:04 PM

    @foreverlsu …

    Like I said, Dial should have been flagged and ejected at the time–JUST LIKE MATHIEU SHOULD HAVE BEEN. But neither of them should have been suspended for the championship game. Since you weren’t on here whining that Mathieu got special treatment when he played in January, you shouldn’t be whining about Dial. Shaw isn’t the one playing the double standard. You are.

  31. foreverlsu says: Dec 14, 2012 5:37 PM

    Deb, you’re practically insane with your crimson colored glasses and it just proves that Alabama fans far and wide are all the same. Unbelievable that you are defending Steve Shaw on this one.

    Dial should be suspended for the next game – exactly as Mathieu was no matter who the opponent is to be consistent with the suspensions of the Ole Miss and South Carolina players this year. The fact that Dial’s next game is the national championship does not matter.

    The league started THIS SEASON to crackdown on dirty plays, …except for when it involves thugs from Alabama.

  32. bralinshan says: Dec 14, 2012 5:58 PM

    This Dial kid has been a good citizen for 4 years on and off the field. The hit was dirty but it happened in a split second.
    Not a bama fan but a suspension was not going to happen. You also have to take into account the situation and a suspension for NC game is a lot more harsh than a regular season game.
    Not hard to understand….

  33. Deb says: Dec 14, 2012 6:50 PM

    @foreverlsu …

    Oh … so I’m insane for thinking Shaw should let the coaches decide the punishment for the Bama player. But YOU are unbiased for thinking Shaw should let the coaches decide the punishment for the LSU player. Shaw didn’t give Mathieu ANY suspension. And you know it.

    Here’s the link on a report for the week following that LSU game last year listing Dre as having a concussion.

    Many players have walked off the field and later been diagnosed with a concussion at the hospital. So as I said, Mathieu knocked Kirkpatrick out of the game with a concussion and received NO PUNISHMENT or from Shaw and the NCAA.

    You’re just not man enough to admit that Mathieu walked away with NO NCAA or SEC punishment for inflicting a more serious hit and own up that SHAW HAS TREATED DIAL EXACTLY AS HE TREATED MATHIEU. You’d rather call me an insane homer than admit you’re wrong. I get it. How does the world look from behind those purple and gold glasses?

  34. dcroz says: Dec 14, 2012 7:51 PM

    This is undoubtedly the biggest conspiracy of our time. All levels of government and society have come together to get to bottom of this senseless tragedy. Among the developments so far:
    * The tape of the hit (already dubbed “The Zabrando Film”) has been turned over to the FBI for analysis, included a believed second tackler on the artificial grassy knoll.

    * Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has been tasked with creating a panel called The Roberts Commission to investigate charges of a conspiracy involving a Mob effort to manipulate the point spread.

    * Oliver Stone has purchased the movie rights and is currently working on a screen play tentatively titled “SEC”; Kevin Costner will play the roll of Gary Danielson performing his analysis of Aaron Murray’s head at the time of impact (“back and to the left…back and to the left….”).

    * Dan Brown is writing his own book named “The Saban Code” in which he alleges a coverup by the Alabama coach and the Vatican reaching all the way to the highest levels of the church: the Notre Dame University PR office.

    * Congressional hearings (and potential impeachment proceedings) are set to investigate allegations that President Obama was also involved; as one anonymous informant has stated, “Obama is obsessed with the title of “World’s Most Powerful Man”…and he wants to to meet the guy who has it for the third time in the last four years.”

    I don’t know about you, but I think this has the potential to be bigger than the investigations of Lincoln, Kennedy, 9/11, and Barry Bonds combined.

  35. Deb says: Dec 14, 2012 8:18 PM

    @dcroz …

    Brilliant! Who’s gonna play Les?

  36. dcroz says: Dec 14, 2012 10:17 PM

    Hmmm…I’m thinking Charlie Sheen or perhaps Mel Gibson. It takes a special kind of crazy for The Hat. LOL

  37. Deb says: Dec 14, 2012 10:30 PM

    How about Zach Galifianakis? 😉

  38. dcroz says: Dec 14, 2012 10:52 PM

    I’m thinking he’d make a better Verne. LOL

  39. Deb says: Dec 14, 2012 11:00 PM


  40. rolltide510 says: Dec 14, 2012 11:32 PM

    Oh my goodness, I thought I’d never finish reading all the pathetic butt hurt in these comments.

    Don’t worry little girls, no big mean Bama players will hurt you when you’re safe in your cribs tonight.

  41. Deb says: Dec 15, 2012 12:07 AM

    @rolltide510 …

    But remember … the NCAA cracked down THIS YEAR on dirty hits. So it was A-OKAY that just last season neither the NCAA nor the SEC handed down ANY punishment to Tyrann Mathieu for a dirty hit that knocked Dre Kirkpatrick out of the game and sent him to the hospital with a concussion. THIS YEAR, the NCAA and SEC have made EXACTLY the same ruling on Quinton Dial–a player who does not have Mathieu’s 2011 prior team disciplinary history of drug use and who did not knock a kid out of the game with a head injury. But since Shaw gave Bama the SAME ruling he gave LSU because he is a BAMA GRAD and the whole thing is biased and rigged.

    If you think otherwise, clearly you are an insane Bama homer.

    Yes … logic rules on CFT :roll:

  42. jag8r904 says: Dec 15, 2012 12:32 AM

    Flag on the play for a football player hitting a football player. 15 yards. Automatic first down.

  43. dcroz says: Dec 15, 2012 12:49 AM

    Whether the haters on here like it or not, the only reason this remains an issue is because Verne, Gary, and Tim cried buckets over the play for the rest of the second quarter, all throughout halftime, and periodically mentioned it in the second half. Plus, Tim continued to use his bully pulpit on his radio show to weep and wail about it.

    Should it have been flagged? Probably. But the helmet-to-helmet was a glancing blow off the facemask, not a direct hit to the head, and Murray certainly did not show any ill effects afterwards. Even if it were flagged, considering the Tide got to around the Georgia 5-yardline and kicked a FG to end the half, it’s certainly reasonable to assume ‘Bama would have kicked the figgie from the 20 with all other things being equal. In other words, it didn’t affect the outcome. Now stop blubbering about it and cooking up conspiracy theories just because it makes you feel good to think that ‘Bama can only succeed in anything because the SEC allows them to.

    Oh, and foreverlsu: Stop crying over the schedule. Alabama plays Tennessee EVERY YEAR; the league didn’t just put them together next season because the Vols sucked. Were you whining likewise when you were “forced” to play Florida in 2010 and 2011 when they were just a .500 team? And where were you at two seasons ago when the SEC have six of the Tide’s eight league opponents a bye week before playing ‘Bama? Were you crying about the unfairness of the schedule then?

    Seems there’s a lot of Kleenex being passed around on this thread….

  44. louhudson23 says: Dec 15, 2012 7:14 AM

    This is the only angle that I have seen. But I thought when it happened and still believe that in reality he hits him with his shoulder primarily. Dial’s head is tilted towards him ,to be sure,but he is a broad guy and the hit is clearly delivered from a side angle. As for comparing to the other two hits,those were targeted helmet to helmet hits on a defenseless receiver. Something that is clearly and specifically defined as illegal. Dial could have easily been flagged for unnecessary roughness. But an honest appraisal of the video shows the real impact was a shoulder.

  45. louhudson23 says: Dec 15, 2012 7:20 AM

    BTW,how someone can compare Mathieu’s slugging of Kirkpatrick to any of these other 3 plays is ludicrous. There has never been an era, conference, game or situation in which this would have been acceptable. It was dangerous and woefully immature.

  46. rolltide510 says: Dec 15, 2012 10:25 AM

    You know how I know it was leading with the shoulder and not the helmet? Because Murray got up afterwords. If that was a blindside helmet to helmet hit from a 300lb DL, he wouldn’t have.

    See how easy that was crybabies?

  47. 24pointlead says: Dec 15, 2012 11:34 AM

    This guy makes Nick Fairley look like Mr. Rogers

  48. Deb says: Dec 15, 2012 2:11 PM

    @louhudson23 …

    That’s exactly my point. What Mathieu did was infinitely more dangerous than the Dial hit. Mathieu’s hit knocked Kirkpatrick from the game with a concussion. No injury occured on the Dial hit–the player jumped up from the carpet immediately. Neither the SEC nor the NCAA handed down any punishment for the Mathieu hit–they left discipline to the team. But when the NCAA makes exactly the same ruling for Dial, LSU fans rant that Alabama-grad Shaw is showing favoritism to Alabama and giving Dial special treatment.

    I’m tired of hearing Alabama is getting a pass when our players receive EXACTLY the same ruling other teams’ players received in similar circumstances. I realize some people are going to whine about Alabama no matter what. But you don’t trash Alabama and Shaw’s reputation, and declare bias when there is absolutely no rational reason to do so. Enough already.

  49. dawgs105 says: Dec 15, 2012 3:07 PM

    Deb don’t even worry about what jealous people like foreverlsu say. I’m a Georgia fan and I agree with the decision. And for the people that complain about the lack of a penalty. Don’t forget the lack of pass interference right before UGA got the blocked FG for a TD.

  50. Deb says: Dec 15, 2012 4:28 PM

    @dawgs105 …

    A good sport!!! Thank you!!! :)

  51. earz4lsu says: Dec 15, 2012 7:34 PM

    man are notre lamer fans really delusional. I read somewhere on this topic early in the response section that someone, and I won’t reveal the name so as not to give the idiot any credit or pub, How he couldn’t wait to see manti knock out McCarron.

    I nearly spit my coffee on my keyboard. Come on the mere thought of Mantty actually being able to hit someone hard enough to knock them out of a game.

    A more likely outcome is Yeldon or lacy trucking Mantty much like the linebackers for Georiga were getting truck at the end of the SEC Title game. Come on Mannty couldn’t truck a leggo football player let alone an actual RB from the best conference on the face of the planet.

    gave me a good laugh none the less.

  52. txnative61 says: Dec 16, 2012 12:56 AM

    I don’t particularly care who wins the National Championship, or if the SEC continues its streak, or if the media is happy with calls, no calls, or decisions. I do think we all deserve a good game, with the best complete teams on the field. To me, it makes a lot of difference from previous penalties that it was a block on an interception runback. He was obviously looking to get in on a tackle, but being an inept defender, was not watching for potential blockers when he should have been. The block won’t win any good citizenship awards, but not worthy of depriving all of us of a top quality Championship game.

  53. ausernameforme says: Dec 16, 2012 2:54 PM

    It’s a shame that John Taylor is so misinformed and has such a large forum to share his misinformation. Yes one could have called that a penalty for the helmet to helmet contact, but not all of these type of penalties are offenses that merit suspension. The difference is whether or not the receiver of the blow was “defenseless”. Examples of “defenseless” would be a receiver focusing on catching a pass or a punt returner focusing on catching a punt. The quarterback Murray was not defenseless. He was at the point a defender and fair game as the recipient of a block. Failure to pay attention does not qualify as “defenseless” in the NCAA. Secondly, it is pretty clear to me that Dail was not targeting Murry. He clearly leads with his shoulder not his helmet. The helmet to helmet contact appears more inadvertent than intentional. Yes it was a vicious block as happens in football but to suspend Dail because of that would be an injustice to the player and the team.

    Mr. Taylor needs to educate himself before he begins to question the integrity of the SEC Commissioner, Mike Slive and the SEC in general. He does a disservice not only to the SEC but also to his readers, who would like to assume that someone, given such a large national forum, might know what he is talking about.

  54. greggatx says: Dec 16, 2012 8:02 PM

    It won’t help the tide. Notre Dame will win in a low scoring game. Some of the other bowl games will be more fun and exciting to watch.

  55. omniusprime says: Dec 17, 2012 8:53 AM

    Of course the corrupt SEC will never discipline an Alabama player for anything. Dial made a cheap shot period, a launching head-to-head tackle that the brain dead refs should have flagged instantly. Shame on Dial, shame on the refs but most of all shame on the SEC trash for not stepping up to the plate and proving it is committed to fair play.

    I won’t be watching the championship game between the two most despicable college football programs ever. That will be two years in a row that I skip this worthless BCS garbage.

  56. packerbadger says: Dec 17, 2012 9:05 AM

    About what I expected. Winning a college football game is the only thing that matters down there.

  57. fightingirish1 says: Dec 17, 2012 9:25 AM

    Cheap hit sure
    Personal foul absolutely
    Not suspension worthy

  58. packerbadger says: Dec 17, 2012 11:20 AM

    Alabama lucky as hell be in game after getting an early xmas present from Georgia.

  59. tlmoon2112 says: Dec 18, 2012 8:47 AM

    This ruling doesnt surprise me at all. Slive’s desk is right across the street from Saban’s. Money changes hands all the time Im sure.

  60. autumnwind999 says: Jan 2, 2013 9:59 AM

    LSU falls to Clemson.

    South Carolina barely escapes Michigan.

    Mississippi St loses to Northwestern.

    Georgia needs to rally late to get by Nebraska.

    I think it’s fair to question whether the SEC is really the best conference in the country this year.

  61. woebegong says: Jan 2, 2013 10:16 AM

    I think you question about the SEC being the best conference in the country, will be answered on Jan. 8th.
    When UGA got untracked, Nebraska did not have an answer to stop them. UGA played the first half in the SECCG fog, but once they got into the game, Nebraska was pretty out matched.
    S.C. had lost a key player at RB, but still managed to win the game. Michigan played a good game, but good teams win in close games.
    LSU is in need of two things. A good QB and a good OC. Clemson beat them, because the LSU offense, had to rely on a QB, who doesn’t play well in big games, and an offensive game plan, that backed them into a corner.
    Mississippi, was just plain over rated. Bowl tie ins, dictate that some teams go to bowl games, they shouldn’t be in, and Mississippi State is a case in point.
    The sugar bowl will most likely be a Florida win, as will the cotton bowl and the NC game. That would make it 5-2, for the bowl games played this year, so it is to say a real stretch to say the SEC has lost much, or is not the best conference in the country.
    Winning 6 straight national titles and vying for a seventh, would seem to me to point out, that the SEC is pretty strong, and I think the 7th one in a row will point out that fact pretty good.

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