This injury is even more sad considering that happened on such a dirty play. I
don't know how the refs missed it. I hope the other player finds a way to
apologize to Romney. Putting your helmet into somebody's knee is despicable,
especially outside of the tackle box and coming from behind.I hope
he makes a good recovery and is able to come back next year.
Best of wishes to you Fuga! That was a dirty hit, and it is hard to see injuries
happen like that. Heal well, heal fast, we are pulling for you!
No, he did not "injured his knee", it was a cheap shot that "injured it" for
Is this the guy who was injured by that cheap chop-block?
Fuga was was clearly fouled by an illegal 'dirty' block below the waist. How
many eyeballs do we need from the zebras? There are six or seven officials and
the play was out in the open field. How can someone miss something like that?
That Nevada player should have been flagged and ejected from the game. It was
intential. Shame on him and the clueless officials.
The Nevada player should also lose his season for the cheap shot that hurt Fuga!
This type of play should be dealt with harshly! NO excuse. None.
Feel terrible for Fuga. Great kid. Tough when you get hurt from a no call lime
that. Lost key player for season, no 15 yd penalty on 3rd down, and it resulted
in a score for UNR.
I saw the illegal block during the play. It was low and from behind -
inexcusable. There should be zero tolerance for these types of blocks. A rule
that hit a player with an automatic 3-game suspension for this type of block,
with a full season suspension if deemed egregious, would end this type of
behavior. It would make offensive lineman and backs think twice before making a
desparate play such as the one saturday. Even if a penalty is not
called on the field, these suspensions should be available based on replay or
film review. It is not right that a player work as hard as these players do,
and lose a season of play and have an injury that will follow them potentially
for life, not because of misfortune or accident in a contact sport, but because
of blatently poor sportsmanship, carelessness or even malice. Don't get me
wrong, I don't know if the Nevada player meant to injure Fuga or make an illegal
block. But I guarantee that block would be much less likely if a stiff penalty
awaited the offender.
I feel bad about the injury. Injuries are always bad. However, I have to agree
with the t.v. commentators from the Mountain who watched this play over and over
in slow motion. It was not a dirty block or illegal. Maybe more strength
training would help prevent these types of accidents and injuries.
He will be missed. Best wishes on a speedy and full recovery. Can't wait to
have him back next season.
Good luck to you, Fuga. I hope you heal quickly and well. The Cougar Nation is
cheering for you.
Hey Otis... you 'agree' with the tv commentators. You are not talking about the
Mountain halftime show I guess. There was a pretty heated discussion. One dude
was livid and thought it was as dirty as it gets. The other guy sort of agreed,
but said he did not think it was intentional. So you must have been watching
Such a dirty play that led to this injury... infuriating!
This was as bad a hit or cheap shot as they come. In football, one of the
cheapest things you can do is hit a player in the back of their knee. There are
several rules about blocking at the knee level. The player who did this was
also flagged for a personal foul later in the game for tripping, again, a
potentially dangerous type of "block".But what is equally
frustrating to me is that nobody on the BYU team took it upon themselves to take
care of the situation. It is like in baseball when a pitcher throws at a
batter, the opposing pitcher, if he has any fire to him, takes the mound in the
next inning and throws at the first batter that comes up. This is part of the
problem with this BYU team. A lack of fire! Once they saw that the refs
weren't going to flag this guy for the obviously dirty hit, then somebody should
have taken care of it on the field, between the lines, by drilling that
lineman.C'mon Cougs. Man up and fight! You cannot just walk away
and let things like that happen!
That play angered my greatly. Not only should there have been a personal foul
15-yard penalty, I think the player should have been kicked out of the game. It
was an obvious no-no, and he got away with knocking a player out for the whole
I just went and watched the play on youtube since I had only seen the replays
they showed at the stadium. The guy throws himself from behind right into Fuga's
legs. He ends up rolling up the side of Fuga's leg and obviously shredding
Fuga's knee.If thats not dirty than I don't know what is. Eye
gouging and biting are about the only things I can think of that are worse than
that.I've never seen an entire sideline react like they did to that
play. It seemed like every BYU player and coach saw it, but all the refs somehow
missed it. It seemed like all the coaches came running out onto the field
screaming at the refs before the play was even over.
Hey factcheck i agree with you what the heck channel was Otis watching, must not
of been the Mtn.What a cheap shot wake up Otis
What makes it worse is that it was a cheap shot in the wide open field that the
blind refs wouldn't call even though they saw it 6with 60,000 other fans.
The hit on Fuga still makes my blood boil, and I'm a die-hard Ute fan. I was at
the game and the play happened right in front of me. It was such an obvious
cheapshot, I could see it plain as day from the 4th row. Hope this type of play
isn't what the UNR program is all about. Eat your heart out Louks lol. Go Utes,
and until November, Go Cougs
If there is an attorney out there who is a BYU fan he needs to talk with Fuga
and sue the guy and his coaches for personal damages. I am not one for suing but
in this case the coaches saw the replay and new it was cheep, he should have
been pulled right then. Hans Olsen said that type of blocking is taught. We as
fans cannot go do a Tanya Harding on this player but it could set a precedence
in the game of football that if you cheep shot someone your gone just like any
A dirty play that changed the course of the game. The refs should be relieved
from duty...oh wait, they'll remain in the MWC and BYU won't have to deal with
them after this season!
Chop blocks should just be made illegal. There is no valid reason for them in
the game and they should go. Airforce might lose every game without being able
to use them but it would sure save a bunch of knees.
Die hard ute fan. That was a garbage play. I apologize for Otis Spurlock, he
is an embarassment to ute fans. Cheap shot through and through. I hope the
Wolfpack loses him for as long as BYU loses fuga. ridiculous.
Big_Ben,You are about as big of a UTE fan as I am a fan of byu.
Almost all of your posts are anti-UTE. All I said was there are experts out
there that feel this block was legitimate and not illegal. I agree with this
assessment. Strength training is the key here. With more strength training
(and less pickle juice) these types of injuries would be less frequent.
If the refs on the field are charged with making calls and miss an obvious
call,Then the ref in the box is equally responsible, if not more so,
and should have the authority to make that call off a replay.It is
inexcusable that this shot was not penalized!If I was a ref, I'd
lose sleep over this one.
Cheap block for sure. Did not need to happen. AFA does this all the time too.
Most teams that focus on the run will use it to their advantage.Get
I agree with carman. There needs to be some kind of consequence. Like happens
in the NBA, there should be a review after the game if a ref misses a call to
determine if punishment should be given out. The guy should be suspended for at
least a couple games.
Hey otis just so you know no amount of strength training will help your knees
like that. There are no muscles in your knee. and secondly the mountain does not
have experts that work for it. That was a dirty shot and I want blood!!
Otis, You know less about the knee joint then about what happened on the
play. This has nothing to do with strength training. The ligiments will tear
on anyone that is struck from the side or rear and is fixed to the ground.No even a Utes' knee could have withstood that blow.
It was a legal block
One game suspension? It's football people get hurt if you play ball long enough
you will be hurt. It's a fight out there if you don't keep your head on a swivel
then you are going to take hits like this. But byu fans demanding a
suspension.... get real
The illegal block was obvious. What is interesting is the same NV player, #62,
who injured Fuga got flagged for a tripping personal foul later in the game.
This player resorts to dirty tactics when he cannot do his job. Coach Ault
should suspend this player for the rest of the season, unless this sort of
activity is condoned by the UNR Coach and his staff.
I feel really bad for Fuga. Not only for the physical pain but losing his
season. If it wasn't such a punk play it wouldn't be so hard to swallow.
Injuries happen in football but not like this. Almost as bad is
sharing this State and comment board with those who are so blind by hate that
they can't even admit when something bad has happened to a Cougar. Go Cougars! Even if we are 1-11.
BYU fans wonder why everyone is against them. Go back and reread
“mtseatss”, he is spot on. I agree the Fuga hit was uncalled for,
nobody wants a player hurt, I hope Fuga returns. Y fans should be enraged with
the independent decision. I don’t think Holmoe thought it through. I hope
you didn’t break your contract with the MTW which does not represent well
our teachings. If BYU has a couple of mediocre season your programs down the
tank. What can you offer top recruits? Zero Championship conference titles, zero
automatic Bowl bids, (Notre Dame has to place in the top 8 to receive a BCS
invitation) The Y has no agreement in regard to that with the BCS. The only
thing you have is an ESPN TV agreement which may not last long if the games
aren’t exciting. Coach Edwards built a great program, I hope its not
ruined by a stupid decision. Your work is cut out for you, you have a target on
your back this year and I hope my Ute’s and the Coug’s play straight
up clean and hard this year. Good Luck Fuga.
I am no referee, but those of you claiming it was a legal block are up in the
night. You cannot hit a guy below the waist from behind. You can hit them in
the back in the box. You can go low from the front, or chop block, but not
while the player is engagged with another blocker. Bottom line is that it was a
clip, low from behind, and not a legal block. At least I believe I
am 95% correct.
In highschool football you cant block below the belt outside the box,in college
you can.That being said was the defender close to the ball carrier?I dont know,I
didnt see the play.I see Air Force cut block down field, all the time.It's to
bad this kid got hurt.
It was not a dirty block or illegal. And Otis is right.
To BleedRed:Thanks for going way off topic after your Fuga comments.
Response to your off-topic, bubble-headed points:With respect to
loss of the automatic bowl game, are you referring to the BYU bowl in Vegas?
Not much to give up, is it? And no conference championships!? This is the only
slight downside to leaving the MWC. And it is only slight. An MWC championship
gives a team something to play for when the early season, non-conference games
go poorly. But the MWC isn't well respected anyway and the TV contract with the
mtn is more than onerous. There are positives and negatives to leaving.As for the contract thing, your morality tilt is funny. BYU will meet
its obligations to the MWC, you don't have to worry about that.
Fuga was clipped outside "the box". It was therefore an illegal block, not
because it was in the knee. The refs just missed it, amazingly. However, why won't the NCAA change the rule regarding blocking below the
waist? It seems insane to me. How would it hurt the college game to simply
change the rule and make it the same as high school? I am suprised there isn't
more push for that.
Does anyone know which knee he blew out? He got hit on the left side but when
you watch him walk off the field, he is favoring his right knee. Watch it back,
you'll see it.Conspiracy theory: BYU saw the season collapsing after
the AFA game so they staged a shoulder injury to Nelson and a knee injury to
Fuga so they could have a scapegoat. Neither of them are actually hurt, it's
just an excuse for a poor season.Ok, that was a joke so don't get
all uppity on me BYU fans. Whether it was from the side or behind, it was a
cheap shot and the player should be suspended for at least a game.
Sorry byu fans, it sucks to lose a player for the season, but if you pause the
play you see Fuga's left leg hit the back of #62, it wasn't from behind, and it
was from the side, which is legal because he wasn’t engaged. Now, you need to protect these guys’ knees, but as the rule stats today
it was a clean block, just like AFA does, you may not like it, but it is clean!
Regarding how the refs “zebras” missed it, well it was
either a clean play or....it was the same way your safety rips a FSU
player’s helmet off by the facemask 10 feet in front of the official and
there was a no call!
BleedRedAll teams in the top 14 can be considered for BCS bowl
games. BYU and teams in the MWC will have the same opportunity for a BCS Bowl
invite.You are confusing the goals of the Utah Athletic Department
with those of BYU. At no point has any representative from BYU announced that
they are leaving the MWC to increase the liklihood of a BCS invite. BYU's
repeated goal is to increase visibility and exposure.BYU's move to
independence is about leaving the mtn. TV network. The MWC was a good conference
for BYU. It remained their best option, except for the TV deal. BYU
is very fortunate that their worst recent season falls in 2010. They were able
to negotiate a TV contract based on the previous five years, and they should be
going strong again their first year in independence.BYU (like Utah)
will fulfill all obligations to the MWC and the mtn. Network. Please do not
All BYU fans want to do is make excuses for how poorly the team is performing.
Injuries are not going to serve as a cover for the losing efforts.
People are always going to look for a scapegoat in these situations, and the
scapegoat here so happens to be the Nevada player that was trying to contribute
to the game.Please do not make this out to be some "unfortunate
problem." Let's be honest about this: BYU's team is not what it
was cracked up to be before the year started, and even after the Washington
game. They didn't deserve their preseason rankings, and they are
not strong mentally to deal with the intensity of the competition they are
facing. They may have a tough schedule, but no one seems to be
making excuses about it. That is commendable. But otherwise, I
think BYU needs to just stop pretending to talk about being something they're
not. And I think the fans need to wise up to the reality of this
team's inexperience and lack of depth. The more the injuries pile
up, the more BYU's bowl chances will be threatened. Accept it.
That's because his name is "Romney". All Romney's are out of it.
It is too bad Fuga got injured, but I do not see anything in the rule book that
says the play is illegal.What rule did this violate?It
definetely does not violate chop block, because only 1 guy was blocking Fuga.It also does not violate clipping:ARTICLE 1. a. Clipping is a
block against an opponent occurring whenthe force of the initial contact
is from behind and at or below the waist(Exception: Against the ball
carrier) (Rule 9-1-2-d).The block was NOT from behind (if you think
so please watch it again).Please someone look up the official rule
book (as I have) and find where it violates any rule.Sorry Fuga got
hurt, but from what I saw this was perfectly legal.
The injury was unfortunate but i don't believe there was bad intent. Fuga had a
beat on the ball carrier and the lineman had only one way to block him. To avoid
getting a clip he tried to dive in front. Bad luck that the guy was a 325 pound
o-linemen who was too tubby to get out if front of Fuga's knees instead of to
the side of them. If he was more athletic he would have gotten out in front and
tripped Fuga sparing his knees. Legal. Dirty? You be the judge. I say he was
being stupid but he was just trying to play football.
@SensitiveSteve - What are you talking about? Give me an example of excuses that
we are making. This is a re-building year year for BYU and we have a lot of
inexperienced players...no excuse, just fact. Show me one post where we are
blaming our poor start on injuries or on the Nevada "scapegoat"You go on
to say "I think BYU needs to just stop pretending to talk about being something
they're not." Just what are we talking about being? "And I think the
fans need to wise up to the reality of this team's inexperience and lack of
depth." We have been aware of this reality for quite some time now and the
majority of us have accepted this fact. Glad you are now just coming around to
the reality of what BYU fans have known for awhile now. Now try to post
something relevant and something we don't know already.
what was even more disgusting than the dirty play that took Fuga out was that no
BYU player was man enough to take one of Nevada's players out. BYU's defense should've drilled Nevada's QB until until he left the field on a
stretcher. Way to stand up for your teammate boys...
Speaking from the point of having suffered a carrier ending clip that blew out
three of the four major ligaments ACL,PCL & MCL it does not change the out come
of the injury whether it was intentional or not the damage is irreversible and
the life long problems are now in motion. Wrong place wrong time,
need to be quicker on your feet, um whatever you non sufferers try to come up
with it does not change the fact that Fuga has suffered a life altering injury
and his knee will never be the same.When he is in his 40's he will
be getting a Total Knee Replacement. Well that is if the Government health care
plan allows him to."POLY" Cougar Nation
@Otis Spurlock | 10:47 a.m. Sept. 27, 2010Strength training? Are
you kidding me? You think that would have made the difference in Fuga avoiding
injury due to an illegal chop block from behind. That kind of block will blow
out a knee every time. I don't care how much strength training you do. The
second I saw the block I knew his knee was blown. Heck, by the way the entire
BYU side line reacted, they knew.
@Sensitive Steve No one is making excuses for the team's
performance. Fans are mad that not one single ref saw what happened to Fuga and
that he's now out with a season-ending injury with no action taken against the
player who caused it. There is a BIG difference. This has nothing to do with
how the team is performing. We know the team is not that great this year, so
that isn't the argument.
RE: CarmanI think you missed the point as what red was saying was
that yes BYU will meet its obligation but not without having a target on their
back, not without having to lose a guy or two or three to cheap shots because
teams are "aiming" for you.But enjoy the ESPN contract.
And to reiterate I do not at all agree with that "aiming" being good
sportsmanship but I do expect it will happen. Technically Nevada had no bone to
pick with BYU and they took a cheap shot, I think Red is pointing out you can
expect more of the same from the teams who do have "a bone to pick."WyomingSD StateNew MexicoTeams that have nothing to
lose because they know they probably won't win the game anyway.Fair?
No way but I think it will happen too Carman.
It was clearly a dirty, classless play. How could the refs miss it? Then again,
the refs did miss a few calls in Saturday's game. The WAC should suspend the
Nevada player for 3-4 games to send a message.
@byu_num_1 | 3:32 p.m. Sept. 27, 2010 To be a block from behind does
not mean you have to be directly behind the player. In this case the hit was
made from the side but he was clearly a step behind as Fuga was already past him
when the block was thrown.
Very sorry to hear about Romney. Best wishes on a speedy recovery.
All the Utah fan's that think it was a legal hit stop it!!! even Nevada's coach
said it was a clip.
I will take the high road and ignore all of the bitterness coming from so-called
fans. It is normal to be in denial, I suppose. Perhaps those fans
will need it when Utah annihilates them in November.
@ HuntLook up Fuga BYU on youtube.You will see that the
guy is in FRONT of Fuga the whole time. How is it a block in the back when he
is in FRONT of the guy?
@Mt. OlympusI checked it out. You do realize the camera was a side
view don't you? The guy being on the left of Fuga was behind him.It
was an illegal play. The guy blocked from behind Fuga causing his injury.
It was a cheap, unsportsman like hit. Nevada should come out with a level of
discipline that fits the act. A message needs to be sent to play the game
It was a very sad and unnecessary play. It, however, was not a "clip". A clip is
a block from behind and below the waist (Back of the legs). This was a low block
from the side. In High School or Federation rules this is an illegal block below
the waist. The college rules are a little different and this may be a legal
block, but still very dangerous.A comment on why no official saw the
play… Each official has his area of coverage. Those areas’s shift
and change as the play develops. Uncovered area’s open and close as the
play moves. In addition, the officials are on the field and are looking through
and around players. There are blind spots. We, as officials, try very hard to
get the call’s right.I whish Rommey all the best and a speedy
Otis anf the rest of you true haters.The block was below the waist
outside the tackle box and was in the back. If you know anything about football
then you know it was illegal on both counts. Take off the crimson colored
glasses! No one can justify this block. And we have further proof
of the ineptitude of mwc refs!!!That said, it did not cause BYU to
lose the game and it would not have been appropriate for Y players to try to
injure the clown responsible for this act, but it sure should have fired them
up! Not much life shown in Provo this season from the head down!
Grow up people. It was not a dirty play. It happened in the field of play during
a play. It did not happen out of bounds or after a whistle. I am sure the Nevada
lineman feels bad about it and would take it back if he could. Football players
do not want to see other football players injured regardless of which side they
are on. Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game.
I've watched the play several times. It was legal to do what he did, just like
it is legal for AF, it was however extremely cheap and dirty. If I was in that
position I would never have done it, besides Fuga was long since out of the
play. I feel bad for the man. Knee injuries are terrible trust me I know.
As much as it pains me, Otis Spurlock is correct. This was not an illegal
block. I think it was a cheap and unnecessary block, but definitely not
illegal. Good call, Otis.
"It was a clip. There's no question about it. It was a reaction to a screen
pass and it should have been called."Quiz for the day. Who said it?
Was it Bronco Mendenhall. Was it some unknown mtn commentator? Was it Barack
Obama? Or was it the coach of the Nevada football team?If you want
the answer then you will have to go back and READ THE ARTICLE. Then come back
here and offer a fresh new brainless comment.
There are two different videos on YouTube and the 2nd one shows a better angle.
It was VERY obvious in person that the guy was behind Fuga and just taking a
cheap shot to keep Fuga from getting the runner. If you were watching the play
at all, you couldn't miss it-- right next to the carrier. A penalty
on that play would have most likely stopped a drive that ended in a TD. Beside
the score, it's dangerous and the Nevada coach admitted to it being a clip.
Hopefully that means he will take the disciplinary action the ref's didn't.
As a former athlete who's career was ended by a knee injury I truly feel for
Fuga, and wish him a full recoverey.But as far as dirty or not
dirty, the ball was behind the block in question. Dirty? Yes! Illeagal? No. In
fact, I couldn't find video of it, but a couple years ago Nai Fotu of the Utes
was injured on a much dirtier play than that.... on a dirty block well away from
and after a play by a BYU OL. When Utes fans called it dirty, we were told we
were whiners and he was just "playing to the whistle". Now Fotu is out for
another season (reinjured the same knee). And it's time for you to catch the
same name calling and critisism..... Isn't kharma cruel?
I didn't see the play so I will not comment on if it was dirty or not but
something that bothers me is that I do not hear anything about BYU players
getting angry about it and doing anything about it. I do not condone dirty play
but but I do love when Derek Fisher thinks someone took a cheap shot at a
teammate and he will commit a hard fould and get a tech foul or when a pitcher
throws the ball at a player who he feels took a cheap shot at a team mate. I do
not like cheap shots but I do feel that a roughing the passer penalty would have
been appropriate if it was a cheap shot. Again I did not see it but I have heard
it was cheap. I just wonder why if it was that no BYU player hit the NEV QB
after a pass.And please don't give me the bigger man speak and don't give me all
that. I just know that if it was my teammate I would have laid a hard hit on
Watched the youtube video again. Frame at second 05 of the video clearly shows
the Nevada player a step behind Fuga and Fuga running away from him when he
launches himself at the knee. Clearly illegal.
It is pretty classy that the Nevada coach commented as he did.My
guess is that Mr Romney will be a far better athlete for this. A great deal of
athletics is your mind and with injuries athletes focus more on skills, etc. I'm
thinking Ituli Mili who insisted that his knee injury made him a better tight
end and helped him stick with the Seattle Seahawks.
Take the Marble, Grasshopper | 10:10 p.m. Sept. 27, 2010 Are you
such a hater that you can't even read Nevada's coach's comments. He stated that
a flag should have been thrown on HIS OWN PLAYER.I feel for both
players. Errors are made in sports. I hope that Romney fully recovers. I also
wish the NV player and team well. They should give Boise a good game.
CALM DOWN Cougars. I just watched the video and it was definitely an illegal
block, but it wasn't dirty. The ball carrier was nearby and the guy was doing
whatever he could to block Fuga. Dirty? That denotes it was intentional. I
don't believe it was. Illegal? Yes, definitely. It is unfortunate for sure.
Take the Marble grasshopper,Spent time reviewing the youtube clip;
Not sure if it was or was not illegal but it truly doesn’t appear to have
been intentional. I think BYU fans are making a bigger deal out of an
unfortunate event.Move on. No ones out to get you.
Otis Spurlock-First off, none of the commentators said it was a clean hit.
Second off, if you get hit like that, you can have the strongest knees in the
world, and it would still screw it up.
It is classy that the WP coach Ault issued a statement and truthfully calling it
a clip, however, he could not be more wrong about the intent. The player #62
after the play had been replayed a couple of times on the jumbo screen, and the
fans began to boo he raised his arms and taunted the crowd while nodding his
head in the affirmative. Actions do speak much louder then weak
attempts at apologizing, ask Fuga.The universe always has a way of
repairing wrongs against it."POLY" Cougar Nation.
One doesn't seem to find a key stat on the Web, and certainly won't find it on
the Wolf Pack site: JOHN BENDER (#62) led Nevada with two (not one) FLAGRENT
FOULS! There was the one he was called for, the "TRIPPING" foul in the second
half. Of course the guys in prison garb impersonating officials missed the
premeditated WILLFUL KNEE JOB on Fuga. Once one might think unintended, twice
I thinking this will be a good game between to in state teams that just are not
very good, the y becuase they are young and the Aggies because they have lost 11
starter and a coach that is on the IR!
The comment regarding ligamentous knee injuries from illegal hits being
preventable by improved training is simply not true. Ligaments,
tendons and bones are unable to withstand the force that comes from a flying
250+ lb. linebacker hitting an unsuspecting player from behind, no matter how
much training and strengthening you do. Muscles are strengthened by training,
and even then, knees are unable to handle that amount of force. Period. This
is why those types of "cut" or "chop" blocks are not allowed.I
agree with the posts stating that these kinds of season- or career-ending blocks
should be prevented by assesssing severe penalties on those performing illegal
blocks. If the refs don't call it in the game, and the conference
has to review it later, there should be more than just viewing the tape
involved. The extent of the injury to the victim of the hit AND the time lost
from play should be considered when deciding on the length and severity of the
penalty.The fact that the conference officials chose to look the
other way after knowing that Fuga's season is over means this kind of illegal
blocking will continue...
@Otis Spurlock and Hedgehog...You guys are pathetic... And, you make
utah fans look pathetic.... Personally, having been a former athlete at BYU
myself, I have come to expect this kind of sportsmanship or lack thereof from
Ute fans.... Strength Training as "prevention" of injury for that
kind of hit? That's just sadly laughable.... Maybe if you guys had a little
strength training in your brain you guys might not talk like you do...For sometime now, Utah fans have made me vigorously cheer for whatever team
Utah is playing.... Max Hall has become an icon in my mind simply because he
actually said what so many of us feel.As badly as I dislike you guys
though, I don't think that I could or would react the way that y'all have if one
of your guys went down for the season (and maybe more, who knows)as a result of
an illegal block that many think could be considered "cheap".
poyman,The league has ruled that the infact the hit was NOT illegal
and no further recourse is needed. I’m so sorry you “hate”
Utah fans for commenting that it was an unfortunate event and that we feel bad
about the set back — but to “hate: ute fans because they made the
correct call on the play is…. desperate and self centered.90%
of what Utah fans comment happens to be the truth. If you can’t accept it
then you should go to KSL or the Cougar Board and get what you need to hear.
The MWC has officially looked into this block and they have just ruled that it
was not an illegal block. Sorry byu fans, but Otis was right all along.
From ESPN today:"The WAC and Mountain West reviewed a low block
Nevada offensive lineman John Bender delivered to BYU defensive tackle Romney
Fuga in last weekend's game. Both conferences ruled the hit didn't violate NCAA
football rules so no further action is required. BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall
complained about the hit, saying it wasn't a "positive football play."Otis and Hedge are pretty smart and accurate. Disagree with them at your own
Utah, with hedgehog's, Otis's, and Sandy's support, will soon be sending
out a press release supporting the decision along with an instructive video to
teach future opponents the correct technique for delivering this type of block
to Utah players.
Obviously the play was controverial. Most pro-BYU posters feel strongly that it
was illegal, and the Nevada head coach agreed with them. But it wasn't called
on the field, and officials from 2 conferences reviewed it and "ruled the hit
didn't violate NCAA football rules."The Nevada player's helmet and
shoulder pads were in front of Fuga's knee, and the points of contact were the
Nevada player's upper back and the side of Fuga's knee. It may have met
criteria for being legal, but the play just doesn't look right.I
feel bad for Fuga, and hope he has a successfull recovery from a significant
injury.I don't feel qualified to determine the intent of the Nevada
player's actions during the play in question.
BYU takes out OU's Qback, its "good clean fun".Nevada takes out
BYU's Dback, its "an illegal play and a travesty against the spirit of
BYU Safety nearly snaps a Florida State Receivers neck and nothing was called...
What goes around comes around I guess!!