The Pac 10 reprimanded Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh for criticizing the officials following Notre Dame’s 28-21 win over Harbaugh’s Cardinal. The Pac 10 also went so far as to say that the officials on the field got the call right (which they did). Here’s part of the statement from the Pac 10.
“Pac-10 rules prohibit comments by a coach about officiating other than to the Conference office. Coach Harbaugh violated that rule by publicly criticizing the officials,” Hansen said. “He and all other coaches must comply with the policies on officiating.”
“In addition, Pac-10 officials have reviewed video of the play and it is apparent the Stanford player covering the punt impeded the Notre Dame player attempting to catch it.
“The call was correct,” he added. “NCAA playing rule 6-4-1 states in part ‘A player of the receiving team within the boundary lines must be given an unimpeded opportunity to catch the kick.’ Even though the player attempting to catch the kick was bumped by his teammate, he still attempted to catch the kick and was impeded by the Stanford player. The rule places the onus on the kicking team member to avoid impeding the opportunity to catch the ball.”
So it looks like the Pac 10 can watch the replay of the play in question without red tinted glasses – Stanford bloggers and beat writers, however, can’t seem to. I posted last night about a writer from the San Francisco Chronicle who apparently didn’t watch a replay of the play and tonight I’ve found several more. I don’t feel like linking to them though since they don’t deserve the clicks, but it’s clear that some of these writers are either delusional or blind or maybe even both. I watched the play at least four times and the ball never touches Allen or Brown. It touches Stanford’s own Nate Wilcox. Now I’m no mathematician, but I would think that an interference penalty is in order if the ball hits a member of the kicking team before it touches the ground.
Hats off to the Pac 10 for reprimanded Harbaugh who even before ripping into the refs was a complete embarassment on the sidelines from start to finish on Saturday. I can’t imagine that Harbaugh’s sidelines antics will be widely accepted by some in the Stanford community if they continue.