We are covering the Orange Bowl between Miami and Wisconsin. Tonight’s crew is from the SEC.
Wisconsin 34-24, final
- Wisconsin — 4/20 (+1 declined)
- Miami — 3/35
- 1 reversed
- 1 stands
My sense is that they are going to do whatever they can to make sure that the coach is given a stern warning and flirting with an outright ejection. Richt did not give them that opportunity to do that and went right to aggressive and physical postures. I think he crossed over into ejection territory without warning. (It is possible that Richt was arguing a holding call, and got demonstrative with the official, which context could dictate it’s not ejectable.) This was a point of emphasis that the NCAA passed in the offseason, specifically because these situations are not good for the game. Passionately object, of course. Thermonuclear meltdowns, no.
0:30 | 2nd qtr. Miami head coach Mark Richt was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. A timeout is the best time for a coach to address a grievance with the officials; however Richt went too far as he intentionally bumped up against head linesman Gus Morris in frustration and had to be held back from further confrontation by referee Matt Loeffler and an assistant coach. Richt now has one UNS and will be disqualified if he receives another.
Another tight replay review. The runner never touched in the end zone, so he is considered “airborne” for the purposes of spotting the ball. Therefore the ball would have to cross inside or over the pylon to be called a touchdown. However, as it was called a touchdown on the field, the call stood as they were unable to determine if the ball crossed inside or outside the pylon.
That was a very tight call in replay. The ball does not have to be completely free of the hands to be ruled a fumble, just to be out of the control of the runner. Replay had enough to go on to rule it a reversal.
Chris Snead has been in the NFL’s officiating development program for three seasons (2014-15, 17). Brent Sowell was in the 2013 development program. Jimmy Russell worked last year’s televised practice games for the Senior Bowl; the NFL selects the college officials for the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Game and the practices to scout potential recruits.
Lane Thomas is assigned to the game as an alternate. The replay official is Al Ford, and former NFL side judge Larry Rose is the observer.