The Oregon Ducks have one of the fastest, and best offenses in the country. All the teams played have tried to think of ways to stop the Oregon monster, while some have figured out a game plan of their own—faking an injury.
As you see in the video to the right, California defensive linemen Aaron Tipoti took a look to the sideline, standing straight up with clearly no injury, and then falls to the ground in an effort to stop the Oregon offense, and to give a rest to the California defense.
I thought Tedford would be better than this.
A source that came to The Oregonian admitted that the defensive game plan for Cal included faking injuries. There is not so much evidence in that, but it is fishy knowing that any one who watched the game knows, Tipoti returned the very next play.
Fake injuries are tough to call, and the Pac-10 officials are in a bind on what to do. Evidence has been shown, but not one ref has the onions to call a player out for faking an injury, just in case the injury was real.
The coordinator of the Pac-10 officials was quoted saying, "We're stuck. The only thing an official can do—and this is at every level—is if they see what looks like an injury, they have to stop the clock. We can't get in the business of deciding whether it's valid or not."
It is too hard to call at this point, even after the fact that the whole nation knows Cal players were dropping off like flies in an effort to slow the game down.
If you do not recall, the same exact thing happened at the Arizona State game, and coach Chip Kelly was quoted saying at halftime, "It is like a world cup game out here with the atmosphere and the injuries."
It truly was, and now there is hard evidence showing that Cal had the same game plan. It is interesting though, when you look at those two games, Oregon's offense has produced the least amount of yardage in both those games all season because they rely strictly on tempo, depth, and the fact that they can wear down the opponent in just 30 minutes of football.
"If teams are doing that—and I don't know if they are—then you basically have thrown up the white flag and said you can't play at our pace,'' Coach Kelly said.
There is hard evidence, but what can be done about it? The rules simply show that feigning an injury is mostly something of integrity, and there is not much to be done about it, seeing as it is hard to prove the fact that one player is actually faking.
Until coaches come clean, there is nothing that can be done. Until then, Oregon will keep winning the games regardless of teams feigning an injury or not.