The Pacific-10 Conference said its officials erred in not calling a penalty on Notre Dame for a fake field goal in last Saturday's game between the Fighting Irish and USC.
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — The Pacific-10 Conference said its officials erred in not calling a penalty on Notre Dame for a fake field goal in last Saturday’s game between the Fighting Irish and USC.
The Trojans won the game 34-27.
The trick play resulted in a 25-yard gain that set up Notre Dame’s first touchdown. Dave Cutaia, the Pac-10’s coordinator of officials, said a foul should have been called for using substitutions to deceive. The Fighting Irish should have been pushed back 15 yards and the down repeated.
Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis would not talk specifically about the Pac-10’s assertion that a penalty should have been called. He did say that he let officials know before the game that he intended to use the “kitchen sink” as far as plays.
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Meyer: SEC right in suspending officials
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Urban Meyer thinks the Southeastern Conference was right to suspend an officiating crew after its second controversial call of the year.
Referee Marc Curles’ crew called a personal foul on Arkansas defensive lineman Malcolm Sheppard in the fourth quarter as the Gators were rallying for a 23-20 victory last weekend. The league said Wednesday there was no video evidence to support the call.
The same group of officials called the LSU-Georgia game earlier this month, which included a late unsportsmanlike conduct penalty the league said shouldn’t have been called.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive said the crew would be pulled from its next scheduled assignment Oct. 31 and won’t work again until Nov. 14. Bowl assignments could also be impacted.
Slive said the entire crew shoulders responsibility for each play and said the suspension was necessary to maintain accountability among officials.
Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino has been reprimanded by the SEC for publicly criticizing officials after the loss to Florida.
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• Minnesota is apologizing after its Goldy Gopher mascot poked fun at a Penn State player who was praying before last week’s game. A video made before Saturday’s game at State College shows Penn State defensive end Jerome Hayes kneeling in prayer in the end zone. Goldy Gopher kneels in front of Hayes, according to the video posted on YouTube. When Hayes stands up, so does Goldy. The mascot tries to make contact, but Hayes ignores him and trots away.
• Idaho safety Shiloh Keo from Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett was cited for misdemeanor battery after a fight following the Vandals’ win over Hawaii on Saturday. Keo, the Vandals’ leading tackler, is expected to play Saturday at Nevada.