Tuesday, September 14, 2010

PAC 10 Refs Screw Wahoos?

"Oops, my bad." -- The Pac 10

The Pac-10 officials involved in a controversial call during Saturday's UVa v. USC game have been reprimanded and will be removed from a future game assignment.

The Whoos ran a fake punt early in the second quarter Saturday night. Punter Jimmy Howell completed a pass to tight end Colter Phillips, who advanced to the USC 24 yard-line for what would have been a 36-yard gain. The play was nullified, though, after offensive guard Isaac Cain was whistled for an illegal block below the waist.

Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott announced in a press release that the officials responsible for the call had been disciplined for failure to apply the playing rules correctly. 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, according to the release.

"The officials recognized the mistake after the fact and apologized to the Virginia coaching staff," Scott said.

Wow, we bet that made everybody feel better.

According to the University, head coach Mike London will not comment on the action.

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