Here’s a shocker: the crew responsible for officiating malpractice at the end of the Duke-Miami game wasn’t great before the final play, either.
In a letter to season-ticket holders obtained by the Associated Press, Miami athletics director Blake James wrote the ACC acknowledged “multiple incorrect calls” throughout Saturday’s game.
Among those incorrect calls was a pass interference foul on Duke’s go-ahead touchdown drive that would have all but ended the game. (The Hurricanes were flagged for pass interference three separate times on the march; it was not clear which call the ACC revoked.) Miami also called for the ACC to investigate whether Blue Devils quarterback Thomas Sirk actually crossed the plane of the goal line with six seconds remaining, temporarily putting Duke ahead 27-24.
“Per ACC policy our football staff submitted the plays we believed were incorrectly called as a matter of weekly protocol, and were notified by the league that multiple incorrect calls impacting our team occurred during the game, including a pass interference call on the final drive,” James wrote.
Earlier this week the ACC suspended the crew involved for two games.
James closed the letter by saying, essentially, “haters gonna hate.”
“The eight-lateral, touchdown play which won the game will forever be cemented in college football lore and in our storied history,” James wrote. “The fact that the ACC publicly acknowledged officiating errors on the play does not, in any way, take away our victory or our incredible spirit.”