“Wrong choice, buddy.”

Bill Snyder, we Dawg fans feel your pain, especially after watching Tyler Bray’s unpenalized antics in the Music City Bowl.

By the way, is there some sort of officiating analogue to the common practice of coaches visiting other coaching staffs in the offseason to pick up some new wrinkles?  I have this vision of referees dropping in on Marc Curles to get some special insight into calling silly penalties at crucial times in a game.


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13 responses to ““Wrong choice, buddy.”

  1. Brandon

    That was the Super Bowl Shuffle compared to what A.J. Green did last year.


  2. AthensHomerDawg

    Here is the rule book… we might all read up in preparation for today’s game.


  3. Spike



  4. GaDawg77

    Bull and Horse$hit too!
    No consistency at all.
    While I don’t like taunting, I think that showing emotions with your crowd and your teammates is acceptable.


  5. … on his own Ohio football officials’ (past president 2007) website. The bulleted items are the crux:


    Player behavior in committing unsportsmanlike conduct fouls continues to be a major point of emphasis for the NCAA Football Rules Committee and the CFO Board of Managers. Recognizing these fouls and enforcing the penalties place our officials in a difficult situation. It is the nature of the business to be criticized, and it seems especially true when we try to apply the relevant rules (Rule 9-2-1). These are judgment calls, as are all the decisions officials make during the action of the game.

    As officials apply their judgment, perhaps these guidelines will be helpful:

    • Remember that the game is one of high emotion, played by gifted teenagers who are affirmed by playing a game at which they are exceptionally talented.
    • Do not be overly technical in applying this rule.
    • Do allow for brief spontaneous emotional reactions at the end of a play.
    • Beyond the brief, spontaneous bursts of energy, officials should flag those acts that are clearly prolonged, self-congratulatory, and that make a mockery of the game.

    A list of specifically prohibited acts is in (a) thru (h) on FR-122,123; this list is intended to be illustrative and not exhaustive. We can all agree that when these acts are clearly intended to taunt or demean, they should not be allowed—not only because they are written in the book, but because they offend our sense of how the game should be played. We now have enough experience with this rule to know what “feels” right and wrong. Note that most if not all of these actions fall outside the category of brief, spontaneous outbursts. Rather, they present themselves as taunting, self-glorification, demeaning to opponents, or showing disrespect to the opponents and the game.
    When such a situation arises, officials should wait a count, take a deep breath, and assess what they feel about what they have seen.
    If it feels OK, let it go.
    If it feels wrong, flag it.
    It will never be possible to be totally specific in writing what should and should not be allowed. But we trust our officials to be men of good judgment who know in their hearts what should and should not be allowed in the heat of an emotional game.

    Rogers Redding
    NCAA Secretary-Rules Editor

    David Parry
    CFO National Coordinator


  6. Dawg85

    That rule needs to be ditched. That was a horrible call — not as bad as the one against AJ, but still bad. Some crews call it and some don’t — I’d rather live with taunting than see games changed by weak calls.


  7. Jason

    Maybe there should be a rule that all referees must have played some level of college football in the past. I only played high school football but I think my experience taught me to appreciate the competition and spirit of the game. My wife, on the other hand, has never played a minute of football in her life. She didn’t really understand the fuss behind yesterday’s call…. Maybe it sounds too simple, but I don’t believe that an ex-football player makes yesterday’s call (or AJ’s either).


  8. 69Dawg

    Let’s get this straight the KSU player was saluting the crowd. Cryler Bray was taunting the opponents bench with a slashing gesture. This is a huge difference. Letting Bray’s actions go unpunished could cause a game to get out of hand. By the way the Big 10 refs at least call spearing when it is blatant unlike the SEC refs who have never seen a helmet to helmet they thought was too rough.


  9. W Cobb Dawg

    I was out to dinner. The pizza place had the sound off at the time. Looked up just in time to see the salute and felt it was a penalty. Not surprised at all to find it was. But it was nothing like the AJ penalty last year – which truly was a terrible call.

    Don’t care whether Bray gets a penalty or not, as long as UT looses the game.


  10. Dustin

    IMO, the bigger issue is the inconsistency shown. Both Big Ten officiating crews. One crew flags the salute. No flags for any celebration penalties on in the Music City Bowl (Bray’s actions, Rogers championship belt gesture after his TD, etc…).


  11. Wayne Strong

    The referee should have gotten the two officials together who threw the flags and discussed exactly what each of them saw. At which point he should have turned on his micropohone, took out his flag and waved off the penalty. There is absolutely no way that calh should have stood. It was an extremely poor call and is an embarrassment to Big 10 Officiating crews. The officials who made the “wrong choice, buddy” comment to the player was completely out of order and deeply offended by sense of how the game should be officiated.


  12. Ausdawg85

    Yes, yes…but whatever happened to just tossing the ball to the official and returning to your own sideline? Be excited, jump, cheer, even raise your arms, but all other gestures really are pre-meditated and don’t belong in CFB.


  13. aious

    Yet Okla State’s WR runs across the field on the 1 yard line and gets no call

    And Bama’s RB does his arm crossing move on TD’s with no call