Alabama leads Louisiana State, 21-15, with six minutes remaining when the Tigers' Patrick Peterson intercepts a pass near the sideline. The officials huddle and after a few moments, rule Peterson was out of bounds. The replay official agrees.
Alabama went on to kick a field goal on the drive and won, 24-15.
Seriously, how can you look at this replay and rule anything but an interception?
How distrustful are Southeastern Conference coaches of league officials? At the moment, it's off the chart.
Tennessee's Lane Kiffin acknowledged that he decided against running another play before his team set up for a field goal that would have beaten Alabama because he was fearful officials would have found another way to penalize his team.
Tennessee was one of the nation's least-penalized teams entering
Saturday's game, but was flagged eight times for 68 yards. Alabama,
which had been flagged 10 times for 113 yards the previous Saturday
against South Carolina, was penalized only once for 10 yards.
"You run another play and you throw an interception or they throw another flag on us — I wasn't going to let the refs lose the game for us there and some magical flag appear," Kiffin said.
Nick Saban, Ron Zook and Steve Spurrier have something in common. They all have a problem with recruiting fan sites.
The Alabama coach says some "reporters" for the sites have been passing along incorrect and potentially damaging information to 2010 recruits about the impact of NCAA sanctions on the Crimson Tide program.
"That should be addressed by somebody and should be brought to bear," Saban said. "If people are just covering recruiting with honesty and integrity, [there's no problem]. But all those guys that work out there for [recruiting sites] are for the school. Everybody roots for a team. And they get information for a team."
Saban did not name names, but as Ian Rapoport of the Birmingham News writes, reporters for Rivals and Scout must sign a code of ethics when they are hired as a way of ensuring integrity in reporting.
"If reporters appear to be assisting a school in recruiting, there is a possibility they may be classified as boosters [or 'representatives of athletic interests'] by the NCAA. If that happens, they would be prohibited by NCAA bylaws from calling a prospective recruit or members of his family."