So says Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News:
Technology turned out to be Alabama’s 12th man.
A review of what looked like an unbelievable 41-yard completion on a fourth-and-22 revealed that it really was too good to be true for Ole Miss, and that Hodges had rendered himself ineligible by stepping over the sideline.
Would the officials have noticed without Saban’s gentle prompting?
“They told me they were going to review it,” Saban said. “I told them to give me a time out anyway so they could review it better.”
The camera doesn’t lie. Just don’t try to convince the Ole Miss fans that it didn’t fib a little. Those fans expressed their disdain with 21st-century officiating in a decidedly prehistoric way. Bottles flew (no more excusable in Oxford than it was in Tuscaloosa a few weeks ago.) One Alabama assistant coach was accosted (some witnesses said punched) by an Ole Miss fan as he tried to make his way from the press box to the locker room. The behavior isn’t excusable, although the consternation of Rebel fans is understandable.
Stay tuned for more to see if this is true or not. I trust Cecil Hurt, but I’d still like to see more before truly believing that a fan actually punched one of our assistant coaches.
Oh, and Neal McCready is gunning for some attention with idiotic statements:
Ole Miss supporters will argue that the same reversal wouldn’t have been called if the teams’ roles had been switched and the game had been played in Tuscaloosa. In fairness, they’re probably right.