Nebraska coach Bill Callahan tries to set aside the commotion as nothing more than "Gesture-gate. " And he said he isn't worried about being...
LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska coach Bill Callahan tries to set aside the commotion as nothing more than “Gesture-gate.”
And he said he isn’t worried about being disciplined for his apparent throat-slash motion toward an official during the Cornhuskers’ 31-24 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday.
“I don’t think they’re going to send me to Alcatraz,” Callahan said Tuesday.
The Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal Star, the state’s two largest newspapers, ran pictures of Callahan making a slashing motion across his throat with his right hand, index finger extended. The action came after Callahan argued with referee Steve Usechek about no holding being called on Kejuan Jones’ 17-yard touchdown run for Oklahoma in the fourth quarter.
Callahan on Monday denied making a throat-slashing gesture toward Usechek or any other official. A day later, he acknowledged making a “gesture out of frustration,” but added that it wasn’t a throat slash.
“I’m 49 years old, and I don’t go around [making] throat-slashing signs and symbols,” Callahan said. “I don’t use that type of demeanor, and I never have. This is way blown out of proportion. I don’t know where we get all these gang symbols and allegations. This is ‘Gesture-gate’ or something.”
The gesture, he said, was one he makes toward his children when “I’ve had it up to here.”
Callahan said he hasn’t seen video or pictures of what happened. He said the game film he watches is one intended for coaches and does not include sideline footage.
Callahan said he spoke with Tim Millis, Big 12 supervisor of officials, on Monday night and assured him there was no malicious intent toward any official.
Callahan noted he was not penalized and was not aware of an official noting the matter in the game report. In college football, a throat-slashing gesture is a 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty.
Tuesday night’s game
Alabama-Birmingham 37, at Memphis 20
Darrell Hackney threw for 334 yards and four touchdowns, and Corey White ran for a career-high 200 yards, leading the Blazers (4-4 overall, 2-3 Conference USA) to a victory over the Tigers (3-3, 4-4).
Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams finished with 167 yards rushing, but was limited to 48 in the second half. He injured his left ankle late in the first quarter.
UAB snapped a three-game losing streak and posted its sixth straight win in the series.
• Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley was back in practice — though on a limited basis — three days after a sprained knee kept him out of a loss to Florida.
Shockley, wearing a green non-contact jersey and a brace on his left knee, did not participate in the scrimmage portion of the practice. The senior reported no soreness after working in other drills as No. 11 Georgia prepared for its next game, against No. 17 Auburn on Nov. 12.
Backup quarterback Joe Tereshinski III filled in as the starter in Saturday’s 14-10 loss to the Gators.
• Penn State hosts Wisconsin on Saturday in a meeting of teams that share the Big Ten lead at 5-1 in conference play.
Penn State coach Joe Paterno recalled a couple of hits last season by then-Wisconsin senior Erasmus James on Nittany Lions quarterbacks Michael Robinson and Zack Mills.
“I hope the officials will make sure that doesn’t happen,” Paterno said during his weekly teleconference. “One or two of the shots last year were very dubious as to whether they were legal.”
• Bill Walsh will serve as Stanford’s interim athletic director while the school searches for Ted Leland‘s replacement.
Walsh, a former football coach at the school, teaches a class at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and has served as a special assistant to Leland since 2004. Leland announced last month that he would end his 14-year tenure at the school at the end of the year to become vice president for university advancement at the University of the Pacific.
Walsh served as Stanford’s coach from 1977 to 1978 and 1992 to 1994. Between those stints, he coached the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl titles, earning his way into the Hall of Fame.