For those who missed the Thursday night football game between North Carolina State and Clemson, there was a pretty controversial play that went against the home team and may have set off a sequence of events that changed the outcome of the football game. Nearly 24 hours later, the ACC is still uncertain if the play was called correctly or not.
The play in question came in the third quarter when North Carolina State running back Bryan Underwood swept to the right side of the field and appeared to run the entire length of the football field for a touchdown, which would have given the home team the lead Instead of an 83-yard touchdown run, Underwood was ruled out-of-bounds after a 36-yard gain. The play was not challenged by North Carolina State, nor was it overturned by an official video review. This is an overhead shot of the controversial call, at the point where it is believed to have raised a question.
“In last night’s Clemson at NC State game, the official ruled the runner stepped out-of-bounds and whistled the ball dead,” ACC coordinator of officials Doug Rhoads said in a statement, according to ESPN.com. “In conformance with NCAA guidelines, the replay official properly recognized the play as one that was not eligible for review.”
The play not being one eligible for a review would have prevented North Carolina State from challenging the play anyway. A couple plays later North Carolina State fumbled away the football to Clemson’s defense, and the Tigers soon cashed in with a demoralizing touchdown to pad their lead in what turned out to be a 14-point swing.
“Our office has viewed all available angles, each numerous times, in slow motion and freeze frame,” Rhodes explained in his statement. “It is not clear, in reviewing all angles, whether the runner stepped out-of-bounds or avoided any contact with the sideline. We recognize that within the number of images and angles viewed, some look like he did not step out-of-bounds while one looks like he did step out-of-bounds. In the end, this cannot be resolved beyond all doubt.”
Here is the video originally shared here on Thursday. You make the call.
As if this day wasn’t busy enough, Ole Miss announced late Monday evening star-crossed offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil‘s suspension has been capped at seven games, meaning he’ll miss Saturday’s trip to Memphis but return in time for Texas A&M visit to The Grove on Oct. 24.
From the university:
The University initially withheld Tunsil from competition at the start of the season as both the NCAA and the University examined several alleged improper benefits. During the course of the process, it was determined by the NCAA that Tunsil received impermissible extra benefits that included the use of three separate loaner vehicles over a sixth-month period without payment, a four-month interest-free promissory note on a $3,000 down payment for purchasing a used vehicle, two nights of lodging at a local home, an airline ticket purchased by a friend of a teammate, and one day use of a rental vehicle. In addition, it was determined that Tunsil was not completely forthcoming when initially questioned by NCAA investigators regarding the loaner vehicles. He later corrected his account and since apologized.
As part of his reinstatement conditions, the NCAA imposed a seven-game suspension, ordered Tunsil to pay the value of the extra benefits to a charity, perform community service, and he will also make the vehicle down payment.
Said Tunsil: “I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made and want to thank everyone for their continued support. I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and the entire Ole Miss family for how my choices affected our program. This was a learning experience, and I’m looking forward to being back on the field with my team and redeeming myself. The last 10 months have been a physical and mental battle for me, but I love playing this game more than anything else. I want to be here for my teammates who are depending on me to finish what we started together.”
The news is, obviously, great for Tunsil and head coach Hugh Freeze personally, as well as the entire Ole Miss football program. It’s also a nice plus for NFL scouts, as it means Tunsil’s first live action of 2015 will come against possible future No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett.
Hope he’s been practicing.
Say it ain’t so, Steve.
According to a report from Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated Monday evening, Steve Spurrier is set to retire.
Spurrier, 70, is a legend the likes college football has never seen before and never will again.
He was a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Florida, then returned to his alma mater and turned the program into a juggernaut, leading the Gators to 122-27-1 record from 1990-01 and a national championship in 1996. After a stint with the NFL’s Washington Redskins, Spurrier landed at South Carolina, where since 2005 he’s racked up a school record 86 wins.
But those wins slowed down of late. After an SEC East championship in 2010 and three straight 11-2 seasons from 2011-13, the Gamecocks fell to 7-6 in 2014, and are off to a 2-4 mark this fall. With the possibility of losses to nemeses old and new like Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida and Clemson ahead, Spurrier, it appears, would rather fade away quietly to the putting green.
Perhaps no two sentences summarize Spurrier, then and now, more precisely than this:
Combined with his three years at Duke, Spurrier closes up shop with a 228-89-2 mark, and a bust in the coaches’ wing of the Hall of Fame waiting for him.