Toledo Vs. Syracuse: Blown Call Draws 'Frustration' From MAC Commissioner

Though Syracuse fans sympathize in their own way after the Toledo Rockets were denied a road upset by a referee error, there's nothing that can be done to change the game's outcome. Here's a statement from MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, who says he's spoken to the Big East and the NCAA about the gaffe:

Since the conclusion of the Toledo-Syracuse game, I have been in communication with Big East Commissioner, John Marinatto, along with Rogers Redding, Secretary-Rules Editor of the NCAA Football Rules Committee.  By rule once the game is declared over the score is final and there is no recourse to reverse an outcome. (Rule 1, Section 1, Article 3, Paragraph b of the 2011 NCAA Football Rules and Interpretations.)

I share the frustration and regret with our Toledo coaches, student-athletes, administration and supporters of the Rockets football program.  Immediately following the game, Bill Carollo, Coordinator of Officials of the Midwest Football Officials Alliance (MAC, Big Ten, Missouri Valley), reviewed the play and was in contact with Big East Coordinator of Officials, Terry McAuley, and both officials agreed that the ruling on the field and replay official both failed to make the correct call.  

As disappointing as this situation is, we are confident that proper action will be taken by the Big East Conference.    

A darn shame! Presuming "proper action" means somebody will get a stiff talking-to and then some, plus the Rockets will be given the chance to replace DePaul in the Big East. They kind of offer that to everybody after every newsworthy event, though.

For more, visit Toledo-friendly blog Hustle Belt and Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician.

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