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Teammate: LSU’s Wing To Get It Good Over Violation Of Bad Rule

By now you’ve seen the fake-punt touchdown by LSU punter Brad Wing (great photo at left provided by Tim Eddington to The Shreveport Times).  The one that was called back due to Wing’s taunt of Florida defenders as he scurried past them and into the end zone on Saturday.

Some say the call was a bad one because the taunt wasn’t too far over the top.  Others — like myself — say turning to taunt an opponent is bad enough to draw a flag.

That, of course, is the problem with the rule.  It’s yet another judgement call that coaches on the rules committee have dropped on the heads of officials across the country.  If you think you don’t like the rule that allows points to come off the board for taunts and celebrations, just ask an official for his take on having to make such a subjective call.

But with the penalty called in this weekend’s game, the aftermath is now set for the man who did the taunting.  Yesterday, LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery said Les Miles would have something in store for his punter at practice today:

“The play was amazing, but it’s one of those things that cannot be tolerated at a top program.  You’re not going to celebrate (like that).  It wouldn’t happen at Alabama.  It (shouldn’t) happen at LSU.  So he’s going to be punished for it.

Brad Wing will be punished come Monday.  He will have some running.  It will be bad.  Les Miles is not happy.”

Miles didn’t sound too angry about the situation today, though he made it clear a rule’s a rule:

“As the coach, if the rule’s in place I’m going to coach it.  If you look at it from one perspective, how would you feel if that was your son playing against an opponent (and he gets taunted)?  I don’t know if what Brad Wing does was taunting and not enjoyment (though).”

Which is why the rule never should been changed to allow points to be taken off the board.  A 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kickoff is bad enough for such a subjective call, but to lose points, too?

Imagine this scenario:

There are five second left in a game.  Time for one last deep pass.  The trailing team’s quarterback launches a Hail Mary that reaches the 10-yard line.  The ball bounces around and a receiver snares it.  In his joy, he high-steps into the end zone for the win.

And then…

The play is called back because the receiver’s high-stepping could be viewed as taunting. 

I feel sorry for the guys in the black and white shirts who’ve been saddled with this clunker of a rule change.

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SEC Headlines 9/4/2011 Part Four

1. Jon Solomon:”The SEC is moving closer toward the $100 face-value ticket.”

2. Despite the loss to Boise State, Atlanta is good for Georgia and the state of Georgia is good for the SEC.

3. Lessons learned from the first Saturday of football.

4. Mark Story: “If the Southeastern Conference is going to expand, Texas A&M is — choose your sports metaphor — a slam dunk, a grand slam, a Hail Mary touchdown pass.”

5. Pac-16? Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State look west.

6. Pac-12 commissioner says “schools have reached out to us.”

7. Chris Dufresne of the LA Times: “It was written here Thursday that only Oklahoma and Texas bonded together could save the Big 12, but the crazy glue apparently didn’t hold for even 72 hours.”

8. Pac-12 Oklahoma’s “sole focus”?

9. Kansas City Star: The Big 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6…

10. John Clay: “By my crack research, Thursday marked the fewest people to watch a Kentucky football game since 1995.”

11. Kentucky’s greatest moments at Commonwealth Stadium. Fans can expect some changes at the stadium when Kentucky makes it home debut on Saturday.

12.  Auburn and LSU are up next for Mississippi State – two games that will set the tone for the season.

13. Expect it to be a few days before Ole Miss commits to a starting quarterback against Southern Illinois.

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What We Learned About SEC Basketball Last Night

A few things were learned during last night’s SEC hoops contests.  Allow us to recap:

* Tennessee’s 59-57 last-second win at Georgia showed that the Vols might not be quite dead yet.  Since trailing Vanderbilt by 17 in the first half on Saturday, the Vols have mounted a furious rally to down the Commodores and gone into a hostile environment and pulled out an unlikely victory over a well-respected UGA team.  If UT continues to play as it did last night, Tony Jones’ halftime speech against VU might be seen as a turning point for the Vols.  Next up: A road game at UConn with Bruce Pearl back on the bench.

* Credit Jones for the work he’s done so far.  The Vols are 2-2 without Pearl and appear to be improving.  Life is rough for any interim coach, but remember this — Jones is only the interim coach for about 10 hours a week.  He takes over a few hours before a game and then cedes control of the team back to Pearl afterwards.  He’s not even able to act as his team’s stepdad for a full weekend, just a couple of hours at a time.  Kudos to him for managing things well so far.

* SEC officials don’t just take heat in football.  As expected, I awoke this morning to several emails from Georgia fans upset that Tennessee’s Brian Williams went over the back of Chris Barnes to grab-a-rebound-and-fire-up-his-last-second-buzzer-beater.  He did.  And he could have been whistled for it.  But none of the emailers I heard from mentioned the fact that Barnes locked onto Williams’ arm on the very same play.  As you’ve seen on this site many times before, we believe that refs are human, too… just as capable of making mistakes as the players and coaches are.  So, as is our usual stance: Georgia had numerous chances to win its game with Tennessee last night and it’s not the officials’ fault the Dawgs lost.  Even Barnes admitted after the game, “you’re not gonna get that type of call.”  Not on a last-second shot.  Not even at home.  Also, most fans only see the calls that go against their squad.  I wonder if any of the Vol fans who wanted the recent Music City Bowl result overturned would volunteer to take a loss in last night’s basketball game due to questionable officiating that benefited their team and cost Georgia.  Probably not.

* Georgia provides a prime example of how SEC teams will beat up on one another this season.  The Dawgs — featuring two potential NBA lottery picks — toppled Kentucky in Athens just two weeks ago.  Now they’ve dropped a home game to a Tennessee team that has been struggling for a month.  Up and down.  Up and down.  Better get used to it…

* Even you, Kentucky fans.  Following last night’s 68-66 loss at Alabama — in which the Cats trailed by 20! — I’ve had to amend my belief that UK is the easy favorite to win the SEC.  We at MrSEC knew that this year’s young Wildcat team couldn’t match last year’s young Wildcat team in the win column, but we still believed they would be the easy favorites in the SEC.  (Sorry, but we didn’t buy the Florida hype.)  Now at 2-2 in the league and with two losses on the road, we’re left wondering about the mental toughness of John Calipari’s squad.  Sure the Cats raced back from 20 down and had a couple of chances to pull the game out in the final 10 seconds.  But UK looked lost on both occasions… turning the ball over first and then allowing Terrence Jones to launch a half-court Hail Mary second.  Maybe Calipari hasn’t been poor-mouthing his club all along.  The Cats appear to have more flaws than we thought.

* Unless Alabama really is as good as its home record suggests.  In case you haven’t noticed, the Tide is now 3-1 in the SEC and a perfect 10-0  at Coleman Coliseum.  JaMychal Green pumped in 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds last night for his fourth double-double of the season.  It’s way too early and Bama’s RPI is way too low for anyone in Tuscaloosa to start talking about NCAA tourney bids quite yet.  But one-fourth of the way through the SEC season, Anthony Grant gets the nod as SEC Coach of the Year (So Far).  If only they handed out a trophy with that honor.

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