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Mike Davis, Paul Rhoads issued reprimands by Big 12

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You have to hand it to the Big 12.  They certainly have a way of taking a smoldering pile of controversy and, in an attempt to put it out, toss 55-gallon drums of gasoline on it.

Saturday evening, the conference issued a pair of press releases addressing two of the situations that arose during and after Thursday night’s controversial Texas-Iowa State game.

Late in the fourth quarter, Longhorns running back Johnathan Gray appeared to fumble inside the five-yard line, with an Iowa State defender recovering with nothing but 95 yards between himself and what would’ve likely been the game-clinching touchdown with under two minutes remaining.  However, Gray was ruled down by contact and the call on the field stood upon further review in the replay booth.

One play later, UT scored what would prove to be the game-winning touchdown with :51 remaining.  Understandably, ISU head coach Paul Rhoads was livid afterwards, essentially saying that the game was taken away from the Cyclones by the officiating.

The criticism didn’t sit well with a league office that was responsible for a laughable “no video evidence” determination a day later, with the Big 12 issuing a public reprimand of Rhoads… while also intimating he’s lucky he didn’t receive a harsher penalty.

“Coach Rhoads violated Conference rules that prohibit coaches, student-athletes, athletic department staff and university personnel from making public comments about game officials,” said Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby.  “Although more severe action was possible he is being issued a public reprimand.  Coach Rhoads is also put on notice that future incidents may result in a more serious penalty.”

In addition to the public wrist slap of Rhoads, the Big 12 also publicly reprimanded Texas’s Mike Davis.  The wide receiver created more than a little outrage with a suspect “block” on a Cyclones defender well away from and at the end of a play.  It was a cheap shot that many thought would/should lead to a suspension for the player.  Instead, we get…

“In accord with the Conference’s Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct policy, Mr. Davis’ action was in violation of the rule prohibiting physically abusive acts toward an opponent’s team members during a contest,” said Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby.  “Given the heightened emphasis on player safety, unnecessary and illegal acts such as this have no place in the game and are unacceptable.  Mr. Davis is also put on notice that any future such behavior may result in a more serious penalty, including possible suspension.”

So, the Big 12’s way of dealing with a player attempting to take out the knees of an opposing player and a head coach who rightly questioned the officiating is to give them the same public reprimand?

Bravo, Big 12.  Bravo.  Solomon would be awed at the level of wisdom displayed over the past three days.

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32 Responses to “Mike Davis, Paul Rhoads issued reprimands by Big 12”
  1. centexhorn says: Oct 6, 2013 5:49 AM

    People are making a big deal about nothing. Johnathan Gray’s forward progress was obviously stopped. The refs had to call it that way after not blowing their whistle sooner and letting Gray get mauled by Iowa State defenders. Paul Rhoads was out of line, but I’m okay with a public reprimand. Same goes for Mike Davis.

  2. tuckfexas says: Oct 6, 2013 6:05 AM

    Gee-never would have known that you were a Texas pecker puffer. Get on YouTube and watch that check shot-he was trying to blow his knee out after he was clearly in the endzone & basically walking. He deserves to be suspended.

    I don’t blame Rhodes a bit. THEY GOT SCREWED.

  3. mgmac says: Oct 6, 2013 6:15 AM

    here are some interesting facts about the big xii office, Bob Bowlsby, the commissioner for the big xii is considered a strong candidate to become the next athletic director at the univ of texas – no conflict there! Walt Anderson, the supervisor of officials for the big xii and a current NFL referee is a graduate of the univ of texas dental school AND a personal friend of Walt Coleman, a current NFL referee AND the father of the Line Judge in the Iowa State-texas game who blew the quick whistle which screwed Iowa State. Daddy’s friendship with juniors daddy clouds all judgement. The lack of integrity at the big xii offices is appalling

  4. mrcodewizard says: Oct 6, 2013 7:12 AM


    are you really so stupid as to not understand that the “UT Dental School,” as YOU call it, IS NOT The University of Texas that played on Thursday night?

    I suppose if one of the refs had attend UT Permian Basin, UTD, UTA, UTEP, or UTSA you would have made the same stupid comment? Of course you would have.

    Who is considering Bowlsby a “strong candidate?” Did your psychic give you that info?

    Hey mgmac, maybe one of the refs went to Southwestern Law School, worked with a Baylor Law School Grad whose dad is a friend of a UT Law grad that played Pop Warner w/the brother of the Doctor who treated the ref’s son for ant bites near the UT Health Science Center, a decade ago. CONSPIRACY! BIAS! APPALLING!

    The BIG XII officials have more integrity than your arguments.

  5. sportsguy3434 says: Oct 6, 2013 8:22 AM

    Most people not wearing stripes or orange including ESPN guys thought that ball was out. Mike Davis should have been penalized and probably ejected. The ball bounced in UTs direction again. If an Iowa State player had done the same thing to Mike Davis then he probably would have been ejected or Mack Brown would have blown a gasket.

    Lucky win. I’m sure they will need Davis next week. Bob Stoops is watching film on Case and looking at the big 12 championship trophies while figuring out the quickest way to 60 pts next weekend before the farewell hug for Mack next weeekend I am afraid…

  6. goodfieldnohit says: Oct 6, 2013 9:18 AM

    Laughable. Expectable, but still laughable. Texas drives schools out of conferencesm, jobs schools still in the conference (see the OSU game last year for additional evidence), and then gets all butt hurt when the world calls them on it.

  7. huskersrock1 says: Oct 6, 2013 9:19 AM

    The Big 12 has officially been turned into the SWC without the constant probations. I am so glad Nebraska made it out.

  8. lbijake says: Oct 6, 2013 9:33 AM

    Hoping, along with a large portion of the non-Texas football world that Bob Stoops hangs about 70 points on the horns. Will not atone for the robbery of ISU but will help put Texas in their proper place and their fans quiet.

  9. derekgorgonstar says: Oct 6, 2013 9:40 AM

    This is quickly becoming the most reviled program in college football.

  10. onbucky96 says: Oct 6, 2013 10:01 AM

    So simple to fix this. Texas wants and gets their own network, fine. Big12 officials attempt to cover up all the Shennanagins to help Texas, great. Quit the Big12. Move to a different conference. And give Texas 2 middle fingers out the door.

  11. sportsbastard says: Oct 6, 2013 10:37 AM

    @onbucky96. We all did, and haven’t regretted it one bit. Signed everyone in Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri (and our friends down at aTm)

  12. goodfieldnohit says: Oct 6, 2013 10:59 AM

    When Bev Kearney files the mother of all wrongful termination lawsuits next week, Bob Bowlsby and Dr. Mark Anderson won’t be able to wish that one away.

    Black, lesbian, and crippled Bev Kearney has sex with on of her track athletes, and gets fired.

    White, cheating on his pregnant wife, Major Applewhite sleeps with a student trainer for the football team, and gets promoted to offensive coordinator.

    Get yer popcorn ready.

  13. thraiderskin says: Oct 6, 2013 11:36 AM

    Wow, bad call after bad call.

  14. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 6, 2013 11:37 AM

    Nothing new here.

    Just ask Arkansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri, Texas A&M, the B1G, the PAC-12, the SEC, and the ACC. They’re all wrong.

    Texas is never wrong. Everyone else is.

    Huskersrock, goodfieldnohit, derekgorgonstar, and sportsbastard evidently do not know anything about college football much less are heretics since they do not worship at the feet of almighty Texas. What Texas doesn’t realize is that the rest of the country
    does KNOW and find Texas repugnant.

    Texas, doing less with more since 1881.


    Chief Heretic Stagg

  15. tgaustin says: Oct 6, 2013 11:40 AM

    WOW! Seriously folks, Mr Goodsh!t has the biggest Hard-on for the University of Texas that he does nothing but worry about what goes on here. He’s an Aggie, living in Austin who cares more about the Longhorn nation than his own school. Just for the record, your facts are just a wee bit off on the Bev Kearney story…but, then again, what do you care. As long as you can get your rocks off bashing the University, you are good.

    I can see it now, GoodSh!t sitting around his place, empty coke cans all over, World of Warcraft on the big screen, a picture of Reveille framed above his bed, porn mags scattered all over the place, white overalls on with a bowl of half-eaten Ramen noodle left over from the night before…just waiting, anticipating his next chance to talk shit about the University of Texas. You are a sad, sad little man.

  16. v2the4 says: Oct 6, 2013 11:57 AM

    I think Bev Kearney should file a wrongful termnation suit as she got hosed out of her job for having relations with one of her athletes…it was a major double standard that she got fired, but Major Applewhite was “demoted” for an offseason and suspended from the Fiesta Bowl vs Ohio St..but this typically happens to gay women in the sports world, remember LSU gave womens basketball coach the same no vaseline treatment when they ran Cokie Champman off in 2009 for the same thing.

    as for this original story, Paul Rhodes was highly emotional and he had reason to..he thinks his team got robbed on the goal line so any coach would have done that

    as for Davis, I dont know why he would try to block someone down low, on the goal line when UT was in the process of scoring…in that instance, the refs penalized him 15 yards for the penality and the B12 saw the need to only reprimand him….

  17. sportsguygerald says: Oct 6, 2013 12:13 PM

    The Slimy Used Car Salesman vigorously defended Davis for “competing”. Gotta give kudos to a kid that is going so all out that he will be willing to compete so hard, all the way across the field from the play after his guy had scored, to cheap shot a defender’s knees and give his coach even more for encouraging it.

  18. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 6, 2013 12:14 PM


    A sane longhorn response. Nice analysis on the HS
    recruits yesterday.

  19. kurtiswes says: Oct 6, 2013 12:16 PM

    No suspension for Davis is a complete joke. If the Big XII isn’t going discipline a player for an outright cheap shot with intent to injure they might as well become the WWF of college football and toss out all the rule books.

  20. tulsacyfan says: Oct 6, 2013 12:21 PM

    As I have said in many other posts, this incident finally makes completely obvious that the Texa$ Banana Republic Conference (dba the Big 12) is a segregated joke of a conference.

    There is one water fountain for Texa$, and to a lesser extent KU basketball, and there is another water fountain for the Iowa State’s and the OSU’s (witness this weekend’s latest hose job). The Texa$ Conference can’t handle it that Texa$, despite all the attempts to prop them up, sucks. They also apparently can’t handle that a school like ISU is rising up and challenging Texa$ and KU and years of being beat by them both.

    How in the heck do you issue the same reprimand to a coach who spoke the truth (and was actually pretty restrained considering how bad ISU got jobbed) vs. a thug that could have ended our player’s career? This is pathetic and this conference is pathetic!

  21. tulsacyfan says: Oct 6, 2013 12:22 PM

    Centex horn you are an idiot. The call on the field was down by contact. That was what was being reviewed. Get your facts straight before you post about this.

    Oh and your team will need Mike the thug Davis to keep the OU game within 50.


  22. normtide says: Oct 6, 2013 12:44 PM

    The sad part is, ISU is stuck with the big 12. The sadder part is Texas knows this. The saddest part, because they know ISU needs Texas around, Texas will continue brow beating the 12 to their will. You can’t dance with the devil and not get burned.*

    * credit to my grandmother for that quote, miss you maw.

  23. 11thstreetmafia says: Oct 6, 2013 2:20 PM

    The Big XII should fine Mike Davis. He makes enough money to be able to afford it.

  24. tulsacyfan says: Oct 6, 2013 3:11 PM

    Normtide, I hear what you are saying and that is how the 9 other members seem to approach the issue – hat in hand, thanking the mighty Longhorns for any errant scraps that might fall from their table.

    But is that really the way it is? Again I ask, at this point if the Texa$ Conference, dba Big 12, were to lose a couple members who would they add to replace them? Tulane? Memphis? Because of management incompetence any other schools that would have added value are gone. Nobody decent is left. And nobody is stupid enough to come given the bias you see playing out.

    If Texa$ were to leave they would have to go independent. Is any one of the four major conferences – SEC, ACC, Big 10 and Big 12 dumb enough to take them and all their baggage?

  25. normtide says: Oct 6, 2013 3:23 PM

    I’m very sure Texas would not be accepted into the SEC. Power is shared. From the first day they joined, A&M and Missouri have a full vote and they get equal money. No waiting period. I don’t see Texas fitting in.

    Honestly, if the 12 would have booted Texas before the defections stated, the 12 would have still been a viable league. Now, Oklahoma is the only national brand left. Texas is that really pretty girl, but after you date her, you find she isn’t worth the trouble.

    I would like to hear what you think would be a fix going forward. Because, to me, UT isn’t going to just start being a good neighbor in your league.

  26. tulsacyfan says: Oct 6, 2013 5:08 PM

    Hi Normtide, I agree with you completely and by the way, unlike a lot of Texa$ Conference fans, I love the SEC. The level of play each week is unbelievable and fun to watch.

    I am obviously in a very ticked off state, but I think the answer is for the other nine schools to rise up and insist upon an an SEC-type model and stop pandering to Texa$. Instead of being so dang afraid they will leave, call their bluff and change the whole structure.

    Two years ago, this likely would have resulted in them going to the Pac12. Now… I think it is a different story. The country has caught on to this drama queen.

  27. goodfieldnohit says: Oct 6, 2013 11:33 PM

    I can always count on tgaustin to call me Goodshit.

    John Taylor, when are you going to ban this fool?

  28. goodfieldnohit says: Oct 6, 2013 11:41 PM

    Oh, and ACL was kick ass this weekend. I hardly had time to worship at my Revillie poster. I was backstage with The Cure, The National, Franz Ferdinand, Band of Heathens, Courrier, Phoenix, and Shiny Ribs.

    You should get out more, tgaustin.

    There’s a whole world out there that can see right through the Texas Longwhores.

  29. bronzestarusmc says: Oct 7, 2013 11:01 PM

    There is a great deal of stupidity in the world today!

  30. dhardy8207 says: Oct 8, 2013 12:22 PM

    normtide says:

    “You can’t dance with the devil and not get burned.*”


    Wise old saying there, my dad used to say that very thing…

  31. jacksprat57 says: Oct 8, 2013 1:33 PM

    There’s no corresponding rule regarding disparaging comments about Conference officials, though, I believe. Given that, Coach Rhoads might reply “Guilty as charged, Mr. Commissioner, but at least I’M not a lying sack of human excrement with his finger on the scales of Justice.”

  32. dhardy8207 says: Oct 9, 2013 9:57 AM

    It will be hard considering IState, OSU and others are considered stepchildren of the conference, but at the very least every team in the conference should band together and demand a rule that Big12 officials aren’t permitted to call the plays of games involving Texas…

    Obviously there were some questionable calls made in this game including the review official. The long term lesson here will be that Texas should now be under the microscope with their association to every official that refs a game…

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