The big controversy in the Pac-10 this week has centered on assertions that California defensive players faked injuries to slow the Oregon offense in Saturday's game at Memorial Stadium. Such assertions aren't new. Tennessee is said to have employed the strategy, and this video shows several questionable stoppages of play in the Ducks' games against Arizona State and Stanford.
The Oregonian also reported that a source within the Cal program said faking injuries to slow down Oregon was a big part of the defensive gameplan, although not all Golden Bear coaches were on board with the strategy.
This week, ESPN picked up on Cal's fakery and amplified the practice even more. The Bears' strategy was highlighted on Jim Rome Is Burning, First Take, Pardon The Interruption and ESPNews, the clip of which is shown above.
Technically, there is no NCAA rule against faking an injury, but the rulebook does mention feigning injury under "coaching ethics,'' calling the teaching of it "indefensible.''
But Oregon was not alone in bending the rules in Saturday's game. Check this pick play the Ducks run in the second quarter, just behind the unsuspecting umpire. This is in the rule book and it's illegal.