Pac-10 officials blew call, get punished

September, 13, 2010
9/13/10
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Pac-10 officials blew a critical call in the USC-Virginia game on Saturday. That might not surprise you. A swift reprimand might.

Kudos to the Pac-10 for quickly and publicly accepting responsibility. That's a change under commissioner Larry Scott.

Here's the release:
The Pac-10 has disciplined the officials involved in last Saturday’s Virginia-USC football game for failure to apply the playing rules correctly, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. Those officials involved in making the call have been reprimanded and will be removed from a future game assignment.

The officials misapplied rules for blocking below the waist on a Virginia fake punt in the second quarter. According to the playing rules, blocking below the waist anywhere on the field by either team is illegal if the offense is lined up in a scrimmage kick formation, unless a kick is not made.

“The officials recognized the mistake after the fact and apologized to the Virginia coaching staff. We know mistakes are made in games, but we will not tolerate our officials misinterpreting the rules,” Scott said.

“We believe the reprimand and removal from a future assignment are appropriate,” Scott concluded.

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