Posted on: October 19, 2010 9:33 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 10:48 am
Posted by Chip Patterson
BYU junior O'Neil Chambers wrote himself into the Cougars record book on Saturday. Just days later, it was announced that the speedy wide receiver from Harold, Florida had written himself right out of the lineup for the remainder of the 2010 season.
Chambers became BYU's all-time leader in kickoff return yardage against TCU, but head coach Bronco Mendenhall decided the risk might not be worth the reward for a player who has had difficulty keeping himself out of trouble off the field. According to a release from the university, Chambers has been suspended indefinitely for disciplinary reasons and will not participate with the team for the remainder of the 2010 season.
He already missed two games for a prior disciplinary suspension in 2010, and also missed all of spring practice to "concentrate on academics." Chambers was supposed to be an instant playmaker for the Cougars. An SEC-caliber recruit who had the potential to dominate in the Mountain West Conference. The return yards have been a nice addition to the special teams, but he has failed to make any sort of impression on the offensive end. Only catching five balls in five games, he is doing very little to help an already struggling BYU offense.
Posted on: October 14, 2010 3:07 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2010 3:15 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Certain mistakes from college football officials are forgivable. Understandable, even. Like, say, ruling BYU running back J.J. Di Luigi down before his obvious fumble in the following play from the Cougars' Saturday meeting against San Diego State :
It's a bad call, but that's what the replay booth is there for, right? Except that the replay booth didn't bother to intervene--SDSU head coach Brady Hoke had to challenge the call to get it reviewed. But hey, that's what the coach's challenge is there for, right? Except that even after the review, the booth let the ruling on the field stand. BYU kept the ball, scored a touchdown on the drive, and would go on to win a 24-21 squeaker .
That kind of ineptitude falls under the heading of neither understandable nor forgivable, and so it's not particularly surprising that the Mountain West has suspended the three men responsible in the replay booth from working this week's MWC action. Hoke wasn't entirely certain of how things had gone so wrong:
Regardless of what happened exactly, it sounds like some pretty serious mistakes were made. But hey, if there's anything we can safely assume, it's that those were honest mistakes borne of human error, and that there wasn't any bias or favoritism involved. It's not like one of the guys in the booth was a BYU employee or anything. Oh wait :
A Brigham Young University athletic department employee was one of the three replay booth staffers who were suspended for botching a crucial replay review in San Diego State’s loss last week at BYU ...So: a BYU employee has a direct hand in making an officiating call that could decide a BYU game. That is something for which even "unforgivable" doesn't quite cover it. Coach Hoke, what would you call it?
“I wouldn’t think that would be appropriate.”Suffice it to say, the CBS College Football Blog does not feel that would be appropriate either. Officials have a hard enough time already convincing common fans there's no bias or slant in their decisions; allowing individuals with a vested interest in the outcome to have such a major influence on those decisions is obviously a big, big step in the wrong direction.
At the very least, the Mountain West honchos-in-charge can console themselves that they're not the SEC. LSU fans who found out they'd lost on a bad call aided and abetted by a Tide employee would have gone torch-and-pitchfork on someone's rear end by now.
HT: The Wiz of Odds .