Dick Harmon: In SDSU-BYU pregame heat, video coordinator Chad Bunn to be defended

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  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 3:51 p.m.


    utah "fans" and sdsu "fans" don't get the truth because they don't want to get the truth. They want to believe that anyone even remotely associated with BYU is a liar and a cheat and that is the only reason BYU ever wins. They want to use that false premise as a means to criticize BYU and its fans.

    The sad part is that many of these utah "fans" are actually LDS and they are maligning a good man of their faith, a great institution that is one of the most important institutions of their faith, and all of the people that love and support their faith. It is really pathetic and low but it is how it is.

  • Just the FAX Olympus Cove, Utah
    Dec. 3, 2012 2:32 p.m.

    The obvious face mask caused the obvious fumble. Anbody still trying to claim that the Aztecs were robbed on the play is simply being disingenuous.

    Two blown calls on the same play resulted in a fair ruling on the field.

  • ogmson Mapleton, Utah
    Dec. 3, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    To Gone fishin, etal. Since this has been explained ad nauseum; Let's give it one more whirl for the few out there who still haven't heard.

    The Replay booth was given every shot available, EXCEPT for the TV Broadcast of the game. For some reason, still unknown to everyone except the engineer controlling the broadcast, the TV feed was not provided to the booth. They did have BYU's feed, which had no shot of the fumble because the prime camera locations were surrendered to the TV Broadcast crew.

    As the story is told, BYU had two camera's running and could only provide two angles to the Booth. There was a delay with Chad, etal, because they were trying to get the TV feed, but couldn't. The replay official had to rule on what he saw.... Nothing. Not the face mask, not the fumble. Amazing to me that SDSU fans and Alum, including ute fans, can't get the facts straight. Even as simple as they are. Everyone who watched the game on TV could clearly see the fumble,(And the face mask) but no one sent that to the booth.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Dec. 3, 2012 12:23 p.m.


    "and you're actually claimin notre dame was ranked number 1 when you played em? and you had the audacity to call dude delusional?"

    Talk about delusional and grasping at straws.

    Who cares whether currently #1-ranked Notre Dame was "only" ranked #5 when BYU played the Fighting Irish in South Bend, it was still a MUCH BIGGER game for BYU than playing a former WAC/MWC foe in the Poinsettia Bowl will be.

  • football43 Morgan, UT
    Dec. 3, 2012 11:23 a.m.

    @snack pac
    "You're actually claiming that playing San Diego in the Poinsettia Bowl is BIGGER than playing #1-ranked Notre Dame in South Bend???"

    and you're actually claimin notre dame was ranked number 1 when you played em? and you had the audacity to call dude delusional?

    No the Poinsettia Bowl is not bigger than the game with Notre Dame. I got lucky and traveled to that game and would trade going to 5 Poinsettia Bowls to go back. In fact playing an unranked Notre Dame in South Bend is more fun than going to Utah, Boise State and SDSU combined.

    The Poinsettia Bowl will be the end of a frustrating season. I am soooooo excited about the game that I will watch my daughters high school game that night.....

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2012 10:30 a.m.

    A non-story.

    Everyone needs to move along and discuss the merits of the game.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Dec. 3, 2012 7:10 a.m.

    I spent Saturday in the Rockaways where tens of thousands were without power, lost homes and cars to Hurricane Sandy. Millions are out of work, there are wars in other countries and this is the most serious thing you people (including S Diego fans) have to talk about? I'm glad life is so good for you all that you have time to micro-analyze such a non-event as a fumble that took place 2 years ago.

    To stir up hatred over this is just unthinkable...

  • shorts Payson, UT
    Dec. 3, 2012 6:56 a.m.

    RE:Aztec Faithful
    "BYU had two affiliated people out of the three total people in the replay booth, a post which could and did influence the outcome of the game on behalf of BYU. Chad Bunn was responsible for providing the available angles to the replay official, of which one key angle was not provided."

    And you can prove this statement? Chad Bunn did not provide all the video that was ask for? If you repeat lies it dosn't make them true no matter how many time you repeat them. And in all fairness yes it was a fumble, but if you are going to call the play correctly then the facemask would of been called before the fumble. Is that correct Aztec Faithful? In all fairness which I'm sure you are look for. SDSU should of gotten a 15 yard flag and BYU would of keep the ball.

  • sportsfanforlife salt lake city, UT
    Dec. 2, 2012 9:38 p.m.

    @snack pac
    "You're actually claiming that playing San Diego in the Poinsettia Bowl is BIGGER than playing #1-ranked Notre Dame in South Bend???"

    and you're actually claimin notre dame was ranked number 1 when you played em? and you had the audacity to call dude delusional?

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Dec. 2, 2012 9:01 a.m.

    Thanks Dick. I had completely forgotten about this. If I met this guy I never would have made the connection. It will be interesting to see if this article keeps the media from talking about this two-year old incident or only stokes the fire.

  • trentster TUSTIN, CA
    Dec. 1, 2012 11:49 p.m.

    As a long-time Cougar supporter, their invite and acceptance to the Poinsettia bowl reflects a sad commentary regarding the BYU program and its slide downward in relevance in the overall view of D-1 football. They are 7-5 with the best defense in a generation, and they can only expect to attend the little sister bowl game in San Diego. Sure the game is played on the same field as the local big bowl game-the Holiday Bowl, where the team has played in some of the most memorable games in its history. It is not like this year is an aberration, their bowl invites the past number of years has barely earned the program enough to pay for the expenses to attend. Not much more to say, too sad to try.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Dec. 1, 2012 7:53 p.m.

    I read the San Diego article and was surprised to see this come up. I've been to nearly every BYU - SDSU game since 1995 or so and always had a great time, win or lose. But some fans were abusive. Easy to understand. Most of the time BYU easily defeated SDSU since Marshal Falk left.

    An excellent reason to leave the MWC behind. BYU so dominated those programs and BYU fans were often louder than the locals, it is easy to see why BYU is hated. Just like USC is hated in the PAC12.

    It's good to be hated like that. You have to BE good to be hated like that. I love it. Weep on SDSU fans. We won't miss you.

  • Cougar in Texas Houston, TX
    Dec. 1, 2012 7:08 p.m.

    Two For Flinching: BYU fans whined over that call in the Utah game for a whole year. It was even brought up in this thread a few times.... Yeah but nobody heard a peep *wink*

    Did you hear Bronco or Holmoe or any coach or official affiliated with BYU whine about that call? Nope. The clear difference is that SDSU's head coach, AD, and administration whined publicly and repeatedly about the BYU-SDSU incident and took their MWC grievances to the press. Their boosters became involved and tried to bully BYU's admin into "forfeiting" the game as well.

    As for fans, while I think your claim about BYU fans whining for a year is exaggerated, these are fans and not official representatives of the university.

    Not so with the SDSU case.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Dec. 1, 2012 3:35 p.m.


    Well let's examine that ridiculous assertion and immediately discedit it shall we?

    The 1st year tcu joined the mwc BYU played them in a high scoring game. That game went into overtime if I'm not mistaken. On tcu's game tieing possetion the replays clearly show the tcu ball carrier fumbling the ball BEFORE he crosses the goal line. He was awarded the td and it was upheld despite clear video evidence that he fumbled the ball before crossing the goal line.

    You've never heard of this you say? Of course you haven't because BYU and its fans, while disappointed and obviously not happy with the botched replay call just accepted it and moved on. Nice try on your part but FAIL!

  • Ronald Uharriet SWun City, Ca.
    Dec. 1, 2012 2:59 p.m.

    If I remember correctly,
    I believe that Lavel Edwards and Rocky Long were friends and had a great deal of respect
    for each other and each others Univeristies. What has happened since that time?

  • wazzup Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 1, 2012 2:56 p.m.

    Who were the media personalities? C'mon. Every news story has a name attached to it. Is Dick afraid of harming one of his colleagues?

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 1, 2012 2:34 p.m.

    SDSU fans have a long history of classless, irrational, and often bigoted treatment of BYU.
    I truly hope BYU mops the field with them.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 1, 2012 2:05 p.m.

    @ JmThms

    You serious? BYU fans whined over that call in the Utah game for a whole year. It was even brought up in this thread a few times.... Yeah but nobody heard a peep *wink*

  • Jonas Denver, Colorado
    Dec. 1, 2012 1:25 p.m.

    If the media wants to talk about this long-dead "controversy", the real question is "why didn't the MWC explain and defuse this situation when it happened?" Instead, they threw everyone involved under the bus, and did not bother to explain what Mr. Bunn had to get a lawyer to explain several years later.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Dec. 1, 2012 11:46 a.m.

    I sure am glad we get to rehash this again. Thanks for bringing it up, Dick...

  • dallas realist rockwall, texas
    Dec. 1, 2012 11:15 a.m.

    @Aztec Faithful

    hahaha stop acting like sdsu was treated so unfairly. in sports sometimes the officials make the wrong call. it happens every game! get over it. your whole "take my ball and go home" attitude is ridiculous. wouldnt you want your team to get revenge and beat byu?

  • Cougar in Texas Houston, TX
    Dec. 1, 2012 9:37 a.m.

    Aztec Faithful

    Six of the 9 MWC schools used alums as replay technicians in the booth over the years. Due to a 10 years history outstanding quality and unbiased work, Chad Bunn was selected by the league (without reservation) to man the replay booth at BYU home games for years without complaint or incident.

    Mr. Bunn followed NCAAF booth review protocol and provided additional angles for review to the lead replay official. It was not Bunn's job to review the feeds, but to provide them. The replay official decided not to review them even though Bunn informed him there were additional angles. Bunn followed protocol and did his job.

    BYU is not lawyered up. Mr Bunn has hired a lawyer to protect his good name and professional reputation.

    What IS deserving of reproach, however, is the unethical manner in which SDSU coaches and officials "leaked" the dispute to the local SD media, and overtly discussed it in the press - both direct violations of MWC policy. Then your boosters attempted intimidation of BYU's president demanding him to "forfeit" the game to the Aztecs (LOL).

    BTW, the fumble happened with 1:47 left in the 3rd quarter and BYU up 17-14.

  • bballjunkie Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 1, 2012 9:09 a.m.

    @the nun.

    Really? Did you read anything before typing? Little advice...next time you have a thought...let it go!

  • thegreatheed american fork, UT
    Dec. 1, 2012 8:16 a.m.

    "I remember when the Y played SDSU every year. The game when played in San Deigo usually drew about 25000 fans. Big deal. Now this is the biggest game of the year. Sad decline in BYU football."

    Some BYU haters are frankly ridiculous. Biggest game of the year?!?! Ummmmm let's not forget BYU almost beat #1 Notre Dame in south bend. Get over your irrational hate, it just makes you look less than intelligent.

  • TheNun Granstville, UT
    Dec. 1, 2012 7:57 a.m.

    I wonder how much the y fans tune would change had the situation been reversed and the aztecs were the ones on the fortuitous end of a missed call.
    If lawsuits are in the works, someone must be still feeling guilty. No?

  • The Dixie Kid Saint George, UT
    Dec. 1, 2012 7:46 a.m.

    Same thing happened at the 2010 BYU-Utah game, when Bradley's knee was down, but they ruled it a fumble. But unlike SDSU, BYU knows that those calls are part of the game.

  • JmThms Henderson, NV
    Dec. 1, 2012 7:32 a.m.

    Aztec Faithful,

    Your at it again. I lived in San Diego many years and heard one thing after another. You all should be ashamed. Bogus accusations of racism. Excuses. Whining. All due to an inferiority complex. Just be proud of your team. You don't have to go after superior programs by incessantly besmirching their reputation. Unfortunately, the 'face' of SDSU is that of Chris Ello. And that isn't a good face to have.

  • JmThms Henderson, NV
    Dec. 1, 2012 7:24 a.m.

    No, if it were turned around BYU people WOULD NOT behave as those in San Diego did. In fact, a terrible fumble replay decision was called against BYU later in the year against Utah. Didn't hear a peep from BYU's side. Furthermore, this behavior from many of those associated with SDSU, like Chris Ello, is just another in a long pattern. I lived in San Diego from '82 - '86, from '95 - '2011. Too many associated with SDSU over the years have lied by falsely accusing BYU people and players of racism, bad behavior, and otherwise tried their best to besmirch the character of BYU and people associated with it. They have whined and made excuses, such as the 'advantage' BYU has with older players. I know first hand by sitting in the stands at Jack Murphy/Qualcomm stadium through the years and listening to it.All of this illustrates the horrible, despicable character of those at SDSU guilty of it. Of course all this has everything to do with the inferiority complex of too many associated with SDSU vis a vis BYU, and not anything having to do with BYU.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Dec. 1, 2012 7:11 a.m.

    Cal Native, Aztec Faithful, you are both uninformed and equally uninformed.

  • BYU DUDE Provo, UT
    Dec. 1, 2012 12:25 a.m.

    Aztec Faithful ,

    How many WAC and MWC Football Championships does SDSU have ? Sounds like sower Grapes to me.

    GAME ON !!!

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 1, 2012 12:01 a.m.

    Aztec Faithful

    This is nothing but a bunch of sour grapes by Aztec fans.

    Why would Chad Bunn risk ruining the rest of his career to keep one erroneous fumble call from being overturned?

    IF SDSU fans were at all honest with themselves, they would recognize that the Aztecs got away with a clear face mask that caused the fumble. The double errors by the officials essentially cancelled each other out and resulted in a fair result.

    I'm sure there are still replays available on YouTube. Review the play yourself and you'll clearly see the face mask that caused the fumble.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 10:49 p.m.

    I agree with D4. Dick Harmon just drummed this up for a news story. A non-issue for sure.

    Aztec, since when did you make the big decisions for bowl games? Such a poor sport.

  • Ironhide Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 10:50 p.m.

    @Aztec Faithful

    I realize that there are fans of every team that are such homers they can't see the truth or listen to facts before they get dominated by their emotions and form immovable opinions based on those emotions and not facts...

    The call was totally blown. So was the face mask. I have three friends who are college officials and they all readily admit to make up calls. I wouldn't be surprised if the replay official saw the face mask and "made up" for the personal foul they missed which would have negated the fumble anyway. I know that's not the rules of replay, but that's what happens when people are involved. Bunn was entirely exonerated, there is no argument against him. You claiming he didn't show an angle is emotional speculation and makes you look silly. Hate BYU all you want, I think there's a club. But stop trying to justify your disdain within some imagined injustice of a completely false conspiracy.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Nov. 30, 2012 10:44 p.m.

    So someone connected to BYU was blamed for throwing a game in BYU's favor.

    Then it turns out that that same person had absolutely NOTHING to do with making that call (which, BTW, should have been obvious to anyone with an ounce of objectivity since that person associated with BYU was not, repeat, N-O-T one of the referees).

    So now he fights back.

    Good for him.

    But, I bet that his logical, truthful, FACTUAL defense will fall on deaf ears to the vast, vast majority of BYU-haters.


    Do you REALLY want me to go there?.....

  • Elk Hair Caddis Sandy, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 10:30 p.m.


  • Zoniezoobie Mesa, AZ
    Nov. 30, 2012 9:41 p.m.

    Aztecs should use 'replay-gate' as a motivator to create interest in the game and sell more tickets. It's pretty clear the Aztec players didn't want to stay at home for their bowl, but now that they are, they need some kind of motivation. Even without it, the Aztecs are good this year, and will have plenty of ammo to hammer the Cougs on their home turf. Meanwhile, BYU wants to finish strong for their seniors and try to make the best of what will probably be a money-losing bowl outing.

  • stonewall Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 9:18 p.m.

    p.s. CalNative & Y dad/Y grad:

    CalNative is wrong. First of all, even public figures can sue for libel and/or slander if the statement is false, damages can be shown, and malice on the part of the libelist/slanderer is demonstrated. Being in the public eye doesn't preclude someone from having their interests legally protected. The malice/intended harm component just becomes more important in such cases, and that is about the only difference between a public and private individual. Whether or not malice could be demonstrated in regard to Chad Bunn would be a tricky issue with both sides having arguments to be made.

    However, merely being mentioned in a public statement by no means qualifies one as a "public figure." Were that the case, anyone mentioned in a news article would be deemed a "public official", which isn't the case. I don't know any judge who would classify Chad Bunn as such, and as a result it's highly unlikely that malice would have to be demonstrated. Thus, the private citizen rules apply, which means negligence has to be proven to establish libel. And following a cease and desist letter, that's possible

  • WestGranger West Valley City, Utah
    Nov. 30, 2012 9:07 p.m.

    You can throw all reason out the window in sports. Some fans will ignore reason when it is staring them right in the face. Hate is blind.The accusations against Chad Bunn are bogus and sour grapes.Dick Harmon has made that perfectly clear in this article.I don't see anyone disputing the significant facts that clear Bunn.

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 8:28 p.m.

    Just get the season done already. Stop the bleeding and get well my friends.

  • stonewall Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 8:15 p.m.

    If BYU fans were SDSU fans, they'd probably be angry too. But seriously... First of all, if it was a perfectly officiated play, the facemask call is made and BYU has the ball plus 15 yards. So there's no argument to be made on the basis that SDSU somehow DESERVED this win based on that play. Their argument is based on the technicality that a replay official can't retroactively go back and create a penalty which was also obviously botched on the field and, in lieu of any remedy to an improperly officiated play, an additional botched call which can be remedied should have been. So if you remove everything but what happened in the replay booth and focus solely on that, SDSU is right. But if you look back down on the field, where the actual game is played, and decide who deserved what based on that, then the team that deserved to win did. But if your argument is that you should have won on an unfair technicality, then wow. This is even worse than listening to people say the Patriots deserved to win based on the tuck rule, because that play was unfortunately officiated correctly

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Nov. 30, 2012 7:50 p.m.




    It's been a while since I've been in the business, but I think you have your criteria for "public figure" as it relates to slander or libel wrong. Any practicing communications lawyers or PR guys, care to clarify?

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 7:24 p.m.

    Chad Bunn had no business in the replay room. It gives the appearance of a conflict of interest, and justifies questioning that particular play.

    Chad Bunn should voluntarily stay out of this game in every way.

  • Seattleview Federal Way, WA
    Nov. 30, 2012 6:00 p.m.

    If you remember, BYU did experience the short end of the same kind of bad call when Utah beat BYU because a player was not called down before the fumble occured. The SDSU fumble occured in the 3rd quarter and didnt directly lead to BYU winning that game. BYU fumble was a direct link to the loss to Utah. Not everything goes BYU way.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Nov. 30, 2012 5:49 p.m.


    "I remember when the Y played SDSU every year. The game when played in San Deigo usually drew about 25000 fans. Big deal. Now this is the biggest game of the year. Sad decline in BYU football."

    Have you gone completely delusional in your frenzy to hate on all things BYU?

    You're actually claiming that playing San Diego in the Poinsettia Bowl is BIGGER than playing #1-ranked Notre Dame in South Bend???

    Get real!

    It'll be an interesting matchup between a couple of long-time former conference opponents, but nothing more.

  • Aztec Faithful San Diego, CA
    Nov. 30, 2012 5:44 p.m.

    BYU had two affiliated people out of the three total people in the replay booth, a post which could and did influence the outcome of the game on behalf of BYU. Chad Bunn was responsible for providing the available angles to the replay official, of which one key angle was not provided.

    So congratulations! Stuffing the replay booth wasnt against the rules at the time, and you found a guideline that says Chad Bunn didnt have to show the best angle to the replay official if the official didnt specifically ask for it. BYU is all lawyered up and ready to sue, while the BYU faithful pat each other on the back over how above reproach they all are.

    The part that truly saddens me is that SDSU accepted the invite to play in this game at all. It may be a good financial decision, but in my heart it just isn’t worth it. We should have never, ever have stooped to playing BYU again after that, and I don’t care how many lawyers they have.

  • Solomon the Wise Alpine, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 5:42 p.m.


    "Mr. Bunn volunteered to be suspended over the indcident, because he is just that kind of guy.

    But, his lawyer threatens lawsuits regarding radio talk show blather?

    Wow, good luck with that."

    It's called slander when you publicly defame a private citizen's character without factual proof - look it up. And the media that are spreading the false accusations had better take the threat of a lawsuit seriously, because cases like this can and do lead to serious monetary awards.

  • Unbelievable West Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 30, 2012 4:54 p.m.

    If you watch and listen closely, you will hear an inadvertant whistle, by the side judge, blowing the play dead, just prior to the fumble occurring. The offical had ruled his forward progress had stopped by blowing the play dead. No one has ever brought up this theory, but once the whistle's blown the play becomes offically over.

    Side Judge blew this one, literally, but never had the fortitude to admit it.

    Goooooo Cooooogars!!!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 4:55 p.m.

    I remember when the Y played SDSU every year. The game when played in San Deigo usually drew about 25000 fans. Big deal. Now this is the biggest game of the year. Sad decline in BYU football.

  • just-a-fan Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 4:42 p.m.

    I know Alan Mortensen very well. It would be wise to avoid crossing him client via attacking Chad Bunn. I am sure Alan knows the laws better than any of the people posting here. Trust me, let it go people.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 4:40 p.m.

    Thanks for your misinformed insights into BYU sports. Talk about embarrassing.

  • CalNative Long Beach, CA
    Nov. 30, 2012 4:16 p.m.

    So Bunn is all lawyered up now? Too bad - it is a public news statement that he was suspended for blowing the call, and now he is a public figure. Different slander rules apply - Bunn is fair game.

    Nov. 30, 2012 4:14 p.m.

    "It’s only a matter of time until somebody brings up Bunn and the video replay in San Diego and begins a drum beat". Ah Dick, ..............didn't you just start it?
    Aside from that I hope it is a non issue.

  • Natester Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 3:48 p.m.

    To gonefishn -

    If you read again the part of this article where Harmon quote MWC official replay guidelines, you will find that its clearly up to the replay official to request the replay he chooses to look at. That's why it was him that was suspended. If Chad "failed to give the crucial angle" as you suggested, it's because he wasn't asked for it. Case closed. The MWC closed that case two years ago, so it's exactly as Harmon has written it - the point is that Chad Bunn will not have his name drug through the mud anymore on this issue. I happen to know him pretty well. He's exactly as Harmon has held him out to be - one of the most hard-working honest people you could meet. Once again, people have a right to their opinions, but please - base those opinions on fact. It's too easy in this world to base opinion on emotion, only. Based on the facts of this case - Chad Bunn is innocent. Good for him to stop the nonesense.

  • gonefishn Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 3:32 p.m.

    The brew ha ha was not over him having the ability to overturn on the field calls as Harmon suggests. The entire controversey was over whether or not Mr. Bunn had access to the crucial angle in the replay booth that was being televised for everyone to see. Did He fail to provide the crucial angle to the replay official? Did he provide it but it was disgarded by the replay official? Did he ever have the angle to provide to the replay official and if not, why?
    I think what is agravating for SDSU fans is that there was only partial disclosure of what happened given to the public which is a diservice to Mr. Bunn and SDSU.

  • Kosta Fesenko Chicken McNuggetville, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 3:25 p.m.

    As a Ute fan, I agree with the sentiment here. Give the guy a break. He did his job well and continues to.

    I wonder who the radio guy was.........im guessing it was kyle gunther or kevin graham on kfan.

  • AllSeeingEye Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 3:24 p.m.

    So, let me see if I have this straight.

    Mr. Bunn volunteered to be suspended over the indcident, because he is just that kind of guy.

    But, his lawyer threatens lawsuits regarding radio talk show blather?

    Wow, good luck with that.

    Should be an interesting couple or three weeks until the ball game.

  • 56chevy dana point , CA
    Nov. 30, 2012 3:10 p.m.

    Let's go back and look at the pass interception by buy against Utah that ended in a non fumble as clearly shown on the replay. That ended up in a 17-16 win for Utah. When does it stop?

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 3:05 p.m.

    Ernest T. Bass

    Whatever "email campaign" you're talking about must have been sooo insignificant that no one here even knows what you're talking about.

    BYU was robbed far worse by replay officials in SLC that same season, without near the hysteria coming from BYU fans that we heard from SDSU fans.

    If called correctly according to the replay, the blown fumble call in the SDSU game would have given the Aztecs the ball deep in their own territory with BYU still leading. Since BYU's defense had been shutting down SDSU's offense all game, it's very likely that SDSU would have been forced into a quick 3-and-out, and BYU would have gotten the ball right back, to burn even more time on a scoring drive and give SDSU even less time to mount a comeback.

    If called correctly on the field, SDSU would have been flagged for a 15-yard facemasking penalty, shortening BYU's scoring drive even more.

    As the article stated: neither Chad Bunn nor BYU had anything to do with decision by the head replay official. The MWC, not BYU, was solely responsible for the fiasco.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 2:40 p.m.

    Turn it around and byu fans would have freaked out even worse than the media in San Diego did. The email campaign against that player from Nevada a few years ago was simply a total embarrassment. That guy will never look at the church in a positive light.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 2:27 p.m.

    Here we go again going back in time. Is December 20 here yet. GO COUGARS!

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 2:20 p.m.

    Coach Long is a personal friend and former mentor to Coach Mendenhall. He's not going to take the bait and get caught up in the San Diego media hatefest. BYU fans would be wise to simply ignore the baiting as well. The Aztecs are beating a dead horse by trying to reopen an old wound.

  • Madden Herriman, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 1:50 p.m.

    We might note that DiLuigi was having his head ripped off by a facemask on that exact play, which you clearly see in the video - the facemask largely caused the fumble to occur. So why did some SDSU fans whine about officials missing a fumble when they clearly missed a 15-yard + BYU possession penalty on the same play? Sour grapes. BYU is having a down year, this is SDSU's chance to get revenge, I would avoid focusing on this, and it sounds like coach Long is being wise in doing so, media obsession aside.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 1:23 p.m.

    Glad to see that somebody is sticking up Chad Bunn for baseless attacks on an honorable man. Chad did absolutely NOTHING wrong or against protocol that day in the video replay booth.