As the SEC continues to wash up the mess from the aftermath of a controversial Tennessee–Ole Miss recreation, the convention doubled down on its referees’ decision-making on two key performs.
Tennessee followers weren’t too thrilled on the finish of Saturday’s 31–26 loss to then No. 14 Ole Miss. At the conclusion of the sport, followers threw trash on the sphere at Neyland Stadium within the last minute of the sport.
The crowd’s unrest appeared to stem partly from two performs the place the officers have been pressured to deliberate earlier than making calls in favor of Ole Miss.
The largest incident got here within the first quarter when an Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral fumble was returned 42 yards for an obvious landing by Vols edge rusher Tyler Baron. But the officers gathered and overruled the landing, saying that Corral’s ahead progress was stopped earlier than the fumble.
“The officials huddled after the play and determined that forward progress had been stopped,” the SEC instructed the Knoxville News Sentinel in an announcement. “Therefore, there was no fumble on the play. It is not uncommon for officials that are not certain in real time of the status of a loose ball to let a play finish before gathering together to compare notes to correctly officiate the play.”
The play that resulted in followers’ throwing particles on the sphere got here with just below a minute left within the fourth quarter when Tennessee tight finish Jacob Warren was dominated down inches shy of the primary down. The call was later upheld by video assessment, which the SEC decided to be the fitting call.
Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin has continued to taunt Tennessee followers on social media after video confirmed Kiffin making an attempt to catch a water bottle thrown at him from the group.
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