New NCAA Taunting Rule: What People Are Saying About It
In Saturday afternoon's 41-11 victory against Florida, Louisiana State punter Brad Wing got to live a punter's dream.
He took off with a snap and ran more than 50 yards for a touchdown. However, Wing got a little too excited on the play and was whistled for taunting Gator players before he reached the end zone.
The ensuing flag wiped out the score, and the touchdown/non-touchdown has been among the most talked-about topics in college football this week.
Steve Shaw, the SEC Supervisor of Football Officials, said: “Based on what was seen on the television replays, the LSU player turned towards two Florida players and made a taunting gesture. The rule as stated in the rule book was accurately applied.”
Robert Flores of ESPN
A SportsCenter anchor, Flores joked on twitter that Bird likely had earned his way onto the show's "Not Top-10" list.
Stewart Mandel-Sports Illustrated
Mandel, a respected journalist for SI, wrote: "It's finally happened. LSU has a long TD ruled dead for 'taunting.' Of all people, the punter gets called for taunting."
Bruce Feldman of CBS
Feldman wrote: "This rule is HORRIBLE. That was not egregious. Celebrating doesn't always equal taunting."