MAC Commissioner responds to Toledo-Syracuse situationWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Since Toledo Head Coach Tim Beckman sent e-mails early on the morning of Sept. 25, he has waited for a response from the commissioners of the Big East and Mid-American conferences on his request that Syracuse’s 33-30 victory be vacated due to an incorrectly awarded extra point.
Beckman’s e-mails have yet to be answered as of the afternoon of Sept. 26, however, MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher released a statement today addressing the situation.
“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,” Steinbrecher wrote. “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.”