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Bowling Green head coach ejected after drawing 2 unsportsmanlike conduct fouls

For the first time ever, game officials have ejected a Division I coach from a game.



Frankly, I thought I’d never see it.

Bowling Green head coach Scot Loeffler was ejected by the Mid-American Conference officiating crew lead by referee Jeremy Valentine in today’s game against conference rival Buffalo. Loeffler also calls the offensive plays. After he was ejected, the offense scored 28 points and beat Buffalo 56-44.

In 2016, the NCAA changed the rules that mandated the head coach be ejected if they pick up two unsportsmanlike conduct fouls.

Over the years, I’ve opined that the NCAA needs to back up the officials and start ejecting football coaches for unsportsmanlike conduct and childish displays. While not a coach from a Power 5 football conference, the seal is broken on this rule exercising the nuclear option by ejected a head coach. According to Quirky Research, this is the second known ejection of a coach, following the single-but-major-unsportsmanlike ejection of Bethune-Cookman coach Brian Jenkins in 2012, also for berating the officials.

We will see if this is an outlier, or if this is the start of college football conferences finally backing the officials and getting out of control coaches under control.

Mark Schultz is a high school football official, freelance writer and journalist. He first became interested in officiating when he was six years old, was watching a NFL game with his father and asked the fateful question, "Dad, what are those guys in the striped shirts doing?"