Tuesday, October 20, 2009
SEC admits penalty shouldn't have been called
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
As the fallout continues from several questionable calls that went against Arkansas in its 23-20 loss to Florida last week, the SEC has issued a statement saying that the 15-yard personal foul penalty on Arkansas defensive tackle Malcolm Sheppard shouldn’t have been called.
Sheppard and Florida’s Marcus Gilbert collided in the fourth quarter away from the ball, and Sheppard was hit with a 15-yard personal foul penalty. That’s despite Gilbert looking like he was the one who initiated the collision.
The statement from the SEC office read: "After video review, there was no evidence on the video to support the personal foul penalty called on Arkansas midway through the fourth quarter. The other calls that were referenced are judgment calls and a review of those calls have been communicated to Arkansas."
Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said he spoke by phone with SEC coordinator of officials Rogers Redding about the penalties.
The Gators were given a first-and-goal at the 10 following the personal foul penalty on Sheppard and scored a touchdown on the next play to tie the game at 20-20. Just before the penalty on Sheppard, Arkansas cornerback Ramon Broadway was called for pass interference on Florida's Deonte Thompson.