Handing Penn Wagers a loaded gun

This seems like a really, really bad idea.  And I dislike taunting on the football field as much as the next person.

After all the negative criticism of the rule after what happened in last year’s Washington-BYU game, you’d think these guys would be a little sensitive, but it looks like they’re ready to run in the other direction.

Just to remind you of how gray this area is, Dennis Dodd lists a series of acts that are considered unsportsmanlike under the NCAA rules.

… The downside to such a rules change is that unsportsmanlike acts are open to interpretation. The NCAA rule book tries to be specific as possible, currently prohibiting:

“Abusive, threatening or obscene language or gestures.”

“Pointing the fingers, hands, arms or ball at an opponent or imitating the slashing of the throat.”

“Simulating the firing of a weapon or placing a hand by the ear to request recognition.”

“Obviously altering stride.”

“Diving into the end zone.”

“Punching one’s own chest or crossing one’s arms in front of the chest while standing over a prone player.”

“Going into the stands to interact with spectators or bowing at the waist after a good play.”


Filed under Crime and Punishment, The NCAA

14 responses to “Handing Penn Wagers a loaded gun

  1. dean

    …players who begin taunting opponents before reaching the end zone could have those touchdowns called back.

    I don’t really have a problem with that. The way I’m reading it they’re trying to crack down on intimidation/antagonizing not celebration. I think they should. Intimidation usually leads to retaliation.

    I’m all for celebration as long as it’s with your teammates and it’s not demeaning towards the other team. You’ve got to let these kids have fun and enjoy the game.


  2. dean, the problem I have with this is contained in those three little words “open to interpretation”.

    That is, the interpretation of folks like Wagers or your typical, incompetent Pac-10 crew.


  3. dean

    I agree. I kinda missed your point a little. In my job I deal with a lot of the “open for interpretation” B.S. Once a month or so it usually leads to some heated discussions. Mainly because what is acceptable differs from person to person when there is no specific definition of the standard.


  4. Ubiquitous GA Alum

    What about Knowshon making the “call me” gesture to the LSU student section … It wasn’t called, but something like that would have negated that TD.

    Also I’m thinking Tony Taylor’s “fumble” recovery against the North Ave trade Skool where he dove into the endzone.


  5. I liked Rogers Redding’s (SEC coordinator of officials) comment that just having the discussion may help change behaviors without instituting the rule change, and thereby allowing Mr. Wagers to navigate his own gray area.


  6. HackerDog

    The Knowshon “call me” gesture wasn’t a penalty. The rule is meant to discourage the old Hulk Hogan style listening gesture meant to elicit noise from the crowd. (Wow! I’m surprised I could even come up with that one, not being a wrastlin’ fan.)

    Also, the gesture was after the touchdown, like the celebration at UF in 2007. The proposed rule says the celebrating before the touchdown would negate the touchdown. Like Deion Sanders high stepping into the end zone.


  7. Irishdawg

    This idea sucks. Refs like Wagers are already given too much leeway to call ticky tack fouls, and they certainly don’t need any more room to be senseless twits.


  8. Ally

    I don’t get how anyone can think the idea of refs even further interfering with play on the field is a smart idea. Removing points on the board because one ref decides what is or is not celebratory, taunting, etc? What is this, powder puff?

    It’s bad enough as it is, but further authority to remove points that a team earns by clearly subjective means is absolutely wrong. Period.


  9. Will Q

    So is it okay to “interact with spectators” or “bow at the waist” after a bad play?

    It’d be hilarious if a player was aware of the rules enough to do that.


  10. 69Dawg

    Penn (Spits on the ground) Wages is the worst POS ref in the SEC. UGA is screwed as long as the head of the refs is a GT alumni and former football player. The SEC sees no conflict in this and never has since the last guy was GT too. Since GT is not in the SEC they don’t think its a problem. How many Clemson refs are in the SEC and how does SOS like them?


  11. watcher16

    So does this include the gaytor chomp they do at FU after TDs and big plays? Couldn’t that be celebratory and taunting?


  12. Hobnail_Boot

    So, how will this affect the patented Tebow jumping-jack routine after every 4-yard run?


  13. frogdice

    Worst rule change idea ever.

    They should eliminate the current rule, and let the other team get payback the next series if a guy celebrates too much.

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