- Ivan Maisel, College Football Senior Writer
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1. It would be fair to say I butchered my initial assessment of the end of the Wisconsin-Arizona State game. I watched the replay at least five times, but I never heard the whistle blow. I maintain that Wisconsin held some culpability -- quarterback Joel Stave opened the door to the problems by placing the ball on the ground. But once Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott disciplined the officiating crew for abdicating its roles at game’s end, it became plain that I hadn’t grasped what happened. That one’s on me.
2. We all become numb to the amount of money devoted to the top football programs. But once in a while something stops me. Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema said Monday that a donor offered his plane this summer so that Bielema and his operations people could fly to Florida and check out the team hotel for the Razorbacks’ Oct. 5 game. They left Gainesville and flew to New Jersey to check out the hotel and stadium for Saturday’s game at Rutgers. You say, “Detail-oriented.” I say, “Seriously?”
3. Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill had another epileptic seizure Saturday during the Gophers’ victory over Western Illinois. That’s the fourth time it has happened during a game in his three seasons at Minnesota. But athletic director Norwood Teague has no issues with Kill coaching. Kill’s doctors have no issue with him coaching. And Kill has decided that being public about his condition may help others who suffer from epilepsy. He has no issue with coaching, either. In other words, there’s nothing to see here.
1. It would be fair to say I butchered my initial assessment of the end of the Wisconsin-Arizona State game. I watched the replay at least five times, but I never heard the whistle blow.