Vince Dooley Makes His Mark....in 2009
I don't remember the exact year but I do remember my reaction, "What?". My utter confusion came from an idea drawn up in the brain of Georgia coaching legend, and rules committee chairman, Vince Dooley.
Coach Dooley had the grand idea that celebrations and taunting was getting out of hand in college football. Unfortunately he was only partially correct. College football in its amateur status needs to remain as "pure" as possible. That's partly what's so intriguing about this sport, it's not about the player it's about the school. The same can't be said for the pro counterpart. Taunting doesn't represent anything well and should not be tolerated. Celebrating however should be encouraged! This is a fun game, when you march down the field with mere minutes left in the game and make a perfect pass to your best player who in turn makes one of the best catches I've seen this season....It's time to celebrate!
Should we blame the referee for making such a questionable call at such a critical moment in the game? You bet, it was a travesty and that referee completely blew it and should have to sit out a few weeks. But I also think Coach Dooley needs to take a little bit of the heat on this one too because he was the sponsor of this rule. The rule goes against everything good about this sport. Unfortunately for the Dawgs this week because of one of their own they will have to sleep in the bed they make.
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