Illegal Procedure on the BIG 12!

by Richard Okelberry, November 26th, 2010 - Up until the actual beginning of the Texas vs. Texas A&M game on Thanksgiving, I honestly was not sure if Tony Jerod-Eddie would play in the game following his “incident.”  If you are one of the few in the country, like A&M coach Sherman, that have not gotten a good look at the YouTube video, the “incident” refers to a moment in last weeks game where Jerod-Eddie purposely tried to injure Nebraska player Ben Cotton following a recovered fumble.  A few days later, A&M Coach Sherman then absolved Jerod-Eddie of all wrong doing by telling the press that “The results and the consequences of that are between me and that player. It’s been addressed.”  Coach Sherman also lay to rest any fears that Jerod-Eddie would face a suspension for the upcoming Texas game.

The reason that I had been holding my breath waiting to see if Jerod-Eddie would actually play in the Thanksgiving match-up with Texas is because it was not Coach Sherman’s decision to make regarding whether Jerod-Eddie played or not; it was up to the Big-12 Commissioner.  You see, if Jerod-Eddie had actually played (which he did), then it meant that A&M likely violated both NCAA and Big 12 rules and might now be at risk of sanctions against the entire program.

Besides having a bunch of statements about fair play and sportsmanship, the Big 12 Charter clearly states, “The Commissioner shall have the responsibility for and is authorized to provide rulings and interpretations of the Rules (1.7.7).”  Section 7.2 of the Big 12 Rules then goes on to explain that while member institutions may conduct their own investigations into NCAA violations, they are required to file a report with both the NCAA and the Big 12 Commissioner for any “Potential Major Violations.”  In dealing with such violations section 12 of the Big 12 Rules states that Physical Abusive Acts committed against an opponent’s team member (12.3.1) REQUIRE actions by the Big 12 commissioner (12.3).”

Finally, because member institutions and the Big 12 itself must comply with NCAA rules as part of the Big 12 Charter, Rule 9 Section 6 of the NCAA rules concerning Flagrant Personal Fouls comes into play.  This section clearly states that for flagrant “Fouls Not Called” during the game the conference may impose sanctions after a subsequent review of the game.  It is because of this rule that Nebraska player Eric Martin was suspended for one game after leading with his helmet in a hit against Andrew Hudson in the OSU game.  Even though no flag was thrown immediately following the hit, a later review of the play by the Big 12 led to his suspension.

So why did Tony Jerod-Eddie not receive a similar suspension after a video review of what coach Sherman tried to dismiss as “extracurricular activities” shows an obvious Flagrant Foul against Ben Cotton of Nebraska?  Within the video it can be clearly seen that Tony Jerod-Eddie was digging his fingers in between the muscles in Cotton’s inner thigh in an attempt to damage Cotton’s vital sciatic nerve? 

While the inner workings of the Big 12 can often be a mystery and are regularly hidden from public view, we certainly can speculate about what did or didn’t happen.

Because Coach Sherman exonerated Jerod-Eddie first thing on Monday following the Saturday incident, there simply would not have been enough time for the required reports to be filed with the Big 12 and the NCAA and for the Big 12 Commissioner to have made an official ruling after reviewing the video.  As such, it is most likely A&M simply failed to adhere to Big 12 and NCAA regulations by properly reporting this incident to the Commissioner and the NCAA for review.  The A&M administration certainly cannot claim that they were unaware of the issue because a specific complaint on the event was registered with their Athletic Compliance Office the following morning.  In addition, an email was sent containing a video of the incident by me to A&M’s President. Dr. R. Bowen Loftin when requesting a statement. 

Also, considering the public outcry over this event coupled with the fact that the incident has been covered extensively throughout sports media including ESPN, it is very unlikely the Big 12 Commissioner, Dan Beebe wasn’t already aware of the incident and simply refused to impose the required suspension under Big 12 Rule 12.1. 

By allowing Tony Jerod-Eddie to play in the Texas game and for not reporting the incident to the Big 12/NCAA, Texas A&M could face some serious penalties under rule 7.4; including having their win against Texas vacated.  Also, if the NCAA makes A&M ineligible for a post season bowl game as a result of A&M’s refusal to enforce a major NCAA regulation, A&M would also lose 50% of its share in revenue from conference championship events.

Now for those of you that believe this to be nothing more than an isolated event that is being blown out of proportion, consider that this is the second time this year that a Flagrant Foul against a Nebraska player was caught on video and not addressed by the Big 12 Commissioner.  During the contest against Iowa State, A.J. Klein was seen on video trying to twist off the head of Nebraska player Rex Burkhead at the end of the play.


In both the A&M and Iowa State incidences, the same officiating crew was standing in plain site of the event and instead of penalizing the culprits, penalized Nebraska for defending themselves.  Also, neither offending player was suspended by the Big 12 or by their teams as required by NCAA regulations. 

This failure to enforce Big 12 rules and NCAA regulations along with a huge disparity in the number of penalties assessed against Nebraska (32 times for 293 yards) versus their opponents (only 9 times for 103 yards) by this one particular Big 12 officiating crew has understandably fanned the flames of conspiracy among many Nebraska fans.  Many have come to believe that we are no longer watching fair contests on the field where the rules are equally applied to all sides, but instead are watching something similar to professional wrestling where it may appear exciting but everyone knows the “Fix” is in. 

From where I am sitting, it sure feels like the Big 12 Commissioner will do anything, including violating the very rules that govern the Big 12, to keep Nebraska from leaving the conference with that Big 12 trophy!  Now for those NU fans that are seeing red over this and are demanding that Nebraska do something about this, consider that administrators, coaches and players are all prohibited under sections 12.3.2 and 12.3.3 from publicly criticizing the officiating or other member institutions. 

At this point the only recourse for Nebraska fans would be to have Chancellor Perlman file an official complaint with the Big 12.  If anyone thinks that Nebraska will do that after suffering public embarrassment in the national media following Pelini’s rants during the A&M game, think again.  Doing so would only make it appear that Nebraska is still ranting on the sideline. 

Of course the fans can see what is happening and that will have to be enough for now.  For years to come, NU fans everywhere will likely feel a bit of stomach acid rise up in their throats in honorary salute of Commissioner Dan Beebe, every time they are reminded that Nebraska once played in the Big 12 Conference.

(Read more on this topic:  UPDATE:Big 12 Commissioner Clears Jerod-Eddie. )

For those who want to see how the penalty dicrepancy breaks down, read: The Big XII’s Anti-Nebraska Conspiracy

- Five of seven opponents are penalized FEWER TIMES when playing against Nebraska.
 - Six of seven opponents are penalized for LESS total yardage when playing Nebraska.
 - Six of seven opponents have a Penalty Score that is DRAGGED DOWN when including the Nebraska game.

176 Comments to “Illegal Procedure on the BIG 12!”

  1. By Cara, November 27, 2010 @ 11:42 am

    Great Article, awesome read!

  2. By Karl Charron, November 27, 2010 @ 11:54 am

    Thanks for your candid and accurate reporting on what has taken place in the Big 12. As a lifelong Nebraska fan who enjoys football, All anyone asks for is a fair game. I can honestly say the Texas A&M game was the worst officiated Nebraska game I have seen in forty years. The only one close was the 1982 Penn State game which cost us the title.

    We fans in Nebraska also feel the teams in Utah and Idaho don’t get the respect they deserve. The games need to be played on the field. The BCS needs to add one more game, if there are two undefeated teams, and let the game speak for itself.

  3. By Preston, November 27, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

    This is a great article and really articulates the gripe that many Nebraska fans have with the Big XII and it’s officials. Thank you for defending our players and institution.

  4. By Gregg Mackey, November 27, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

    I have been a fan for 50 years and the 1993 bowl game against Florida State was equally frustrating to watch.

  5. By Mark, November 27, 2010 @ 12:30 pm


    Great article! The Big XII has become an embarrassment. Both of the incidents you address are disgusting, and have no place on a football field. It is difficult to decide which is more embarrassing, the fact that neither extracurricular was caught and penalized during the game or that neither were addressed by the Big XII. (ABC not discussing either extracurricular is plenty interesting too.) The officiating crew should be suspended, as it is obvious that they are allowing there bias to affect their ability to officiate a fair game. (The same crew officiated the NU vs A&M and NU vs ISU games, as well as the NU vs Texas game.)

    Thank you for the commentary.


  6. By Lance, November 27, 2010 @ 12:59 pm

    Thank you for writing this article. It’s refreshing to see someone in the press has the cajones to question Dan Beebe and this officiating crew headed by Burk; not even the Nebraska press has had the huevos to write frankly about this travesty. Burk’s crew has been doing this to Nebraska for years (review penalty stats when his crew is officiating compared to the other officiating crews), but only because we are leaving the conference has this situation finally come to a head.

    Now add in the suspicious suspension of Martin for a questionable helmet to helmet collision (review the play; it didn’t happen) and the lack of suspension for even more flagrant fouls committed against Nebraska players and it is difficult to not suspect that the Big 12 (specifically Dan Beebe) wants to do everything in his power to make certain that Nebraska doesn’t win the Big 12 crown.

    I, among many, are glad to leave a conference that is controlled by a commissioner who is seemingly the boot lackey of Texas. The best thing that has come out of this final season is the karma that has caught up to Texas. Not even Beebe has been able to prevent the implosion (although the Burk officiating crew certainly aided Texas in their win over Nebraska). Texas and the Big 12 did a great job of manipulating the media into believing that Nebraska almost caused the demise of the Big 12; however, everyone with half a brain (including the entire Texas administration) knows that Texas’ manipulation and arrogance caused Colorado and Nebraska to leave after they tried to negotiate a secret escape with some of the Big 12 South brethren to the Pac 10. It blew up in their face. Mark my words; Texas will be the cause of the future demise of the Big 12 just like they were the cause of the demise of the Southwestern Conference.

  7. By Roger Emery, November 27, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

    Thank you Richard for your most professional assessment of the chicanery and corruption that is sponsored by the Commissioner of the (soon-to-be) Texas & the Nine Dwarfs Conference. To say that Dan Bebee has a long record of ineptness is akin to saying that Bears use modern toilets.

    Bebee, Greg Burks & his crew and the Big XII should be the darling of attention by Orrin Hatch, rather than the BCS. Now that would be a sight to behold and would indicate to Husker fans that Karma is what we hope it would be. Shed of that the NCAA should be compelled to bring the hammer down on these scofflaws.

    Allegedly college football is to teach young men integrity and respect for the game and their opponents. Obviously that issue has been relegated to Dan Bebee’s discretion. And as such, is a missing element in his bag of tricks; along with his conscience and sense of fair play.

  8. By Fred Geisler, November 27, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

    All of this smacks of ” point shaving “, which I think is a federal crime. If this is what is happening, it will cast a very dark cloud over all of college football.

  9. By Mr HH, November 27, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

    Great article! BTW, here is a link in which Beebe admits he saw the video!

  10. By Bill Carter, November 27, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

    Thank you for your hard journalistic work. The Nebraska “journalists” are either too lazy to dig this info out or don’t have the ‘nads to write it. Maybe your work will give this thing some legs.

  11. By steve, November 27, 2010 @ 4:30 pm

    Thanks for a balanced and reasoned article. Having watched the Nebraska-Texas A & M game I was shocked at the obviously biased officiating (I saw at least five obvious holding calls against TAMU that were not called). TAMU has an honor code, and until now the respect of most fans myself included, but to look the other way and allow the player to compete in the Texas game was a travesty. What the Nebraska coach did (the ranting on the sidelines) was bad enough but he was only supporting his players who were being victimized by the officials. What TAMU did, in allowing the player in question to play the next game, sends the wrong message and makes a mockery of the TAMU honor code. Further, the Big 12 has become a joke and likely won’t be around for long. I’ve always rooted for Big 12 teams against others but no more for me. Texas has replaced Notre Dame as the most arrogant and greedy of college teams and I’ll be rooting against them in the future.

  12. By Tk, November 27, 2010 @ 5:06 pm

    And this is the real reason Beebe didn’t have the guts to show up in Lincoln yesterday to award the trophy.

  13. By Darrell Dawson, November 27, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

    The Big 12 violated the NCAA rules, there is no doubt about it. If some thing is not done, it will come back to bite the Big 12 in the very near future.

  14. By Biff, November 27, 2010 @ 6:13 pm

    I don’t think the UNL administration is out of this just yet. Nebraska’s faculty athletics representative (who is a lawyer) is widely respected and even feared in NCAA circles. If she decides to take action on this issue people will listen. Stay tuned.

  15. By Tom Timbers, November 27, 2010 @ 6:42 pm

    Thanks for your honest and very truthful article concerning what is and has been happening in the Big 12 Conference. As a Huge Husker fan I would feel safe in saying that Beebe and crews will make sure NU does not leave the conference with the Championship whether they are playing OU,OSU or a local high school team. As for Beebe or someone from Big 12 not showing up at the NU-CU game to present NU with Big 12 north trophy tells me that Beebe knows whats going on and knows we know as well. Hope the NU staff does not just let this drop.

  16. By Erik, November 27, 2010 @ 6:44 pm

    Thank you for a well researched and very thoughtful article. This piece is a type that is greatly underrapreciated in a cynical world.

    The problem goes even further. The commissioner has recently stated that he was afraid to send Big12 officials to the Nebraska game to present the trophy because of some nasty emails he received. He then goes on to say that he will be contacting the proper authorities to investigate the people that created the mean emails and will charge them.

    Last June, Nebraska was given an ultimatum to sign a long-term contract with absurd penalties within two weeks or they would take further action. You see, Texas had been talking to several conferences as had Missouri, Colorado and A&M prior to Nebraska. Basically, Beebe gave only Nebraska this ultimatum which ruined our chances to bail on the very unstable conferance and go to the Big10. In response, the Big10 had enough respect in our institution to break their customary timeline to research institutions and just gave us the handshake; which we are now a Big10 member beginning July 1st, 2011.

    Some will ask why was the Big12 in such turmoil? The university of Texas had played a very serious game with the other institutions since they joined the league in 1996. If a rule was being established to their dislike, they repeatedly threatened to leave the conference which terrified the smaller schools, but favored all the southern schools big or small. This year, Texas had taken this game too far. Missouri is ready to leave (they will be a big10 member, just watch), Colorado left and Nebraska left. Not many know this, but Kansas is keeping their options open because of the inevitable future of the conference.

    Again thank you for such a good article and want to tell you that SLC/Ogden/Provo are all great cities when I visited for the volleyball tournament last fall.


  17. By Brian Downs, November 27, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

    Outstanding article.

  18. By Angela Hildenbrandt, November 27, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

    Great article! Even if the Big 12 won’t take action, will the NCAA?

  19. By butthurtnebraskafansarefunny, November 27, 2010 @ 8:19 pm

    how bout no fags

    • By Richard B. Long, December 2, 2010 @ 7:57 pm

      I Never heard of “butthurt” until a couple months ago. Thought it was the most ridicoulas combonation of any two words that I’ve ever heard of in the English language. I still don’t understand true meaning of the word “butthurt”. Maybe I will check the Urban dictonary and see if I can gain some knowledge that way. And finally, GO BIG RED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. By miller, November 27, 2010 @ 8:21 pm

    Thank you for who ever wrote this. This past week has been a mess for NU’s coach and something he shouldn’t have had to go through, he had good reason to rant after watching his season and players being screwed by the wrecking crew and the Big 12.

    Thank you for writing this article with all the power the media has, they primarily focused on Pelini sideline behavior and not cause of his behavior.

    My hats off to you for writing this article and another THANK YOU! At least someone from the media saw the game and saw an issue not only in the aTm game but the IA St. game also. Would love to hear if you get a response from Mr. BeBe, and would love for you to push this issue and put the idea into the NCAA that this kind of behavior should’ve been addressed differently.

  21. By miller, November 27, 2010 @ 8:26 pm

    I hope the NCAA gets on this issue, Mr. Bebe is blaming NU for not getting the trophy presented yesterday. Again trying to turn the media against NU. Why can’t the media use their power to get the NCAA involved, the more article written the more the NCAA has to take a look at the issues happeing in the Big 12 and this wrecking crew of officials.

  22. By Jeff Sass, November 27, 2010 @ 8:28 pm


    Thank you for writing an article that the local writers won’t touch with a ten foot pole. Although I’m sure if they did it would only sound like sour grapes. It would sound much like Pelini looked on the sideline of the A&M game.

    I personally can’t wait for Texas to bolt for the next biggest paycheck. They will and everyone will be standing around wondering what happened. The Big 12 with only 10 teams will implode and Texas won’t care ’cause they’ve got their money. The other schools will be screwed, again.

    As for Nebraska and it’s issues with the officiating crew that “worked” them in the three games in question, it will be interesting to see if the Big 12 really wants the Huskers to get hosed and assign them to the Big 12 championship game. If so, then Husker fans could really cry, “The fix is in!”

    Looking forward to the move to the Big 10, although for most Husker fans who remember 1982, they would argue that they got “jobbed” at the hands of Big 10 refs worse than the Big 12 could ever do. People are still looking for the notch in the endzone that allowed PSU wide receiver to catch a mythical touchdown.

    Thanks for an unbiased look at the situation as it unfolds.

    P.S. if the same officiating crew is assigned to the championship game, I’ll be booking my ticket to vegas to bet on the other team, regardless of who it is!

  23. By Eddie, November 27, 2010 @ 8:37 pm

    Two weeks since A&M beat the corncriers and you guys are still whinning about Toney jerrod Eddie and the penalities your team received? Get over yourselves already. i could care less who you play in the Big 12 Championship game you will get rolled and sent packing out of the BIg 12. I never realized Negraska had so many pansies for fans and sports writers. So lomg titty babies.

    • By Jeof Semred, December 1, 2010 @ 1:54 am

      check your English my friend. When you put something like this out it just makes Nebraska look better. Oh yeah, enjoy being the Longhorns Beotch for the next two years until Oklahoma, OSU, Kansas, KSU and Iowa State decide to bail out too! Then it will be Texas, TAM, TTECH, Baylor….AGAIN searching for a Conference.
      Titty Babies…really? Hilarious!

  24. By Annie, November 27, 2010 @ 8:48 pm


    Thank you for writing about these happenings in the Big 12. It’s good to know that other people around the country are finally seeing it for what it is: a lack of leadership and a lack of rules enforcement.

    As for local media coverage, it HAS been covered in both of the state’s largest newspapers and addressed on ESPN radio from Omaha. However, when “locals” cover it, it does sound like Nebraska fans, sports writers, coaches, player….are voicing “sour grapes” opinions.

    Yesterday, Big 12 officials did not venture to Lincoln to present the team with their North Division trophy. Dan Beebe was afraid after receiving vicious emails and telephone messages. What, no other Big 12 official was available?

    Appreciate the article and I will be sharing it with other NU fans….and fellow journalists.

  25. By Tony Jerod-Eddie, November 27, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

    Give me a freaking break. You Nebraska cry babies need to grow the hell up. This is one player pinching another player on the back of the leg (in a dog pile no less) and you act like it’s THE REASON you lost the game.

    “I counted at least 5 holding penalties that weren’t called.” Do you country bumpkins know how many freaking teams whine with that same argument after they lose? It’s called being biased towards your team.

    Here’s a newsflash for the morons in Nebraska.. you lost because you couldn’t score on the A&M defense… end of freaking story. The one questionable penalty did result in a A&M first down, but the vaunted NU defense couldn’t keep the Aggie offense from pushing the ball into FG range for the go ahead FG. The Big XII had a former NFL official review the game and concluded the game was fairly officiated so man up and accept defeat… but I’m sure that means nothing since the Big XII is out to get Nebraska in their final year in the conference.

    You lot of whiners will fit in nicely with the sissies in the Big 10. Good freaking riddance.

    • By Ashley, November 30, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

      The pinching didn’t result in a an A&M first down, it resulted in NU having a 30 yard penalty. Do your homework moron.

      • By James, November 30, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

        hes talking about the pass interference call not the pinching.
        must say interesting article though, granted its rather mute and pathetic, when you think about it. this whole big XII is out to get Nebraska is a complete joke and the entire college football community mocks the Nebraska fans that have this ideology. maybe if you want to complain about the penalties that yall have received over the course of the season, you should look at your head coach and his composure instead of the officiating crews. coaches lead by example and when your coach is screaming in the face of officials and lacks no discipline in how he acts, that transfers to the players. they see it as acceptable to act undisciplined cause thats how the coach who is teaching them is acting. i doubt your Nebraska players are as clean in the scrum of a fumble as you think they are. they just didn’t happen to have a camera on the at the time. get off your high-horse.

        • By fultang, November 30, 2010 @ 8:46 pm

          Is Tony Jerod-Eddie a TSA employee?

    • By Matt, November 30, 2010 @ 6:39 pm

      Okay, you’re a complete ignoramus. Who doesn’t know that fans of teams complain about this sort of thing? There is a lot of evidence that some serious shenannagains are going on with one particular officiating crew who officiated the ISU, TAM, and UT vs NU games. Each one of those teams set season low penalties by a significant amount. In fact, NU’s B12 opponents have almost all set season lows for penalties leading to a significant statistic– that NU’s opponents are the LEAST penalized in the conference by a large margin. A simple t-test shows significance there… the over all average for opponents is somewhere between 7 and 8, but against NU it’s 4. TAM was averaging just about 10 penalties (9.58 or something) and managed to get out of the game with 2. Kansas had 1, averaging 6; texas had 4, averaging 9, I think.

      So, yeah, calls are missed all of the time, it happens, there have been more than one call that I saw missed on NU, but when it comes down to the wire, the bad calls will always go against NU. The announcers saw the PI on Dennard and said, “Oh, looks like a little offensive pass interference,” that’s what I thought, too, but being a realist said, “But it’s going to be against Dennard.” And, lo, it was.

      Bad/missed calls are part of the game, but sometimes you have to look at the numbers and they don’t lie.

    • By tim, November 30, 2010 @ 8:16 pm

      wow… a&m fellas sure have a way with words.
      Texas educated k-12??

    • By Jeof Semred, December 1, 2010 @ 2:00 am

      The former NFL official that you are speaking of was a Texas A&M graduate as well….do your research genius!

      How about the mystery late hit on the QB toward the end of the game. How about the missed holding calls ALL NIGHT against A&M, or even the pass interference call (that a flag was actually thrown and then picked up) against the Husker receiver.

      This was more than a normal called game. Clearly.

      I am a Sooner fan, but by watching this game….come on? The Big 12 doesn’t need officials that do this stuff to any team…..who’s next?

      Open your eyes.

    • By Schwab, December 1, 2010 @ 2:14 am

      Tony Whats up?

      Let’s be honest my friend….you were nugget hunting! And just a lesson in geography…there are far more Country Bumpkins in the state of Texas then there are in Nebraska. See the movie Varsity Blues.

      Just watch the game again and check the holding calls by YOUR offensive line. Then check the late hit call that was “questionable” by Herbstreit. Then, check the pass interference call that WAS called then picked up. Those were on drives that WOULD have scored on your pathetic (nad pinching) defense.

      Oh yeah, and the “NFL official you speak of…was a graduate of University of Texas at Austin….do your research. Enjoy your (gimme) win.

      Oh yeah…in response to sissies in the Big 10 (12) check the BIG 12 record against the BIG 10 this year.

      P.S Enjoy being the Longhorns Beotch until the BIG Tw(exas)lve Conference finally crumbles when Oklahoma and OSU decide to join SEC the rest of the North scatter for the Big 10. Then I guess that leaves Texas, TAM TTECH, and Baylor back where they started from…..looking for another conference to take them in.

    • By Marilyn, December 3, 2010 @ 12:58 am

      Oh my Mr Jerod_Eddie! You certainly must be making your aggieland proud! What an ignorant idiot you sound like! I guess you must not be getting a very good education! What an embarrassment you are to not only a&m but also the state of Texas!

  26. By Joe Harley, November 27, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

    Fantastic article! The back story to what has been going on in the Big 12 (or what we now call the “Rig” 12) under Dan Beebe’s corrupt rein is finally being told.

    Bring on the NCAA investigations!

  27. By Herbie Husker, November 27, 2010 @ 9:25 pm

    Newsflash for those trashing Nebraska fans in their comments, this article WAS NOT WRITTEN BY A NEBRASKAN! Also A&M is the most penalized team in the Big 12 yet magically had only 2 penalties in their game against Nebraska, really?

  28. By Basher22, November 27, 2010 @ 9:39 pm

    Whining little girls. Shut up. You were beat.

    Your offense didn’t do a damn thing mainly because your center got his ass handed to him and was hurled into “T-Magic’s” ankle. And I suppose you’re not going to mention the numerous no-calls the Nebraska Oline got away with TRYING to block Von Miller. You had a ton of personal foul calls, Pelini being a huge jackass calls, and pre-snap penalties (several of which were directly attributable to the crowd noise). Man up.

    Worse things go on in a dog pile, so quit acting like Nebraska is full of class. Your vaunted idol Tom Osborne was so desperate to win that he was willing to let the likes of woman beater Lawrence Phillips, and an assemblage of barely functional retards populate your team for years. All class, I tell you.

    You were punched in the mouth, and beaten up and down both lines all game long. Your team freaked out because they couldn’t deal with the crowd, and when they realized they were impotent, ineffectual, and the lesser men. Sell your crap somewhere else.

    • By Schwab, December 1, 2010 @ 2:18 am

      Clearly a Texan! Very well put!

    • By Amazed, December 1, 2010 @ 11:47 am

      Wow, you missed the point to this one. We don’t blame A&M for having an explosive 9 point game, of which 6 were helped out by officiating. We blame the officials and the Big 12.

  29. By Bo Pelini Crybaby, November 27, 2010 @ 9:44 pm


    Read your article out loud in my best sissy voice. You represent Nebraska fans well. It was perfect!

    Its a college football pile up. Lots of things happen every week. The Corn Husketts will be ok. I promise…..

    • By Matt, November 30, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

      Seriously, look at the numbers. I have historically mocked people who blame the refs for a loss. But when every team is far, far under their average number of penalties, something is up.

  30. By Basher22, November 27, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

    Newsflash: Tony Jerod-Eddie found out to be 10th Dan in Sin Moo Hapkido….expert in Hyol Do Bup…..sciatic nerve protection now mandatory for TAMU opponents!


  31. By Tim, November 27, 2010 @ 10:04 pm

    We arnt whinning about the loss. They cheated and it needs to be delt with.

  32. By Reality Check, November 27, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

    Time for a reality check with a few notes.

    - A major violation from the NCAA standpoint has nothing to do with a flagrant foul in a single contest, so trying to tie the requirements/penalties of a major violation into the foul is a worthless exercise.

    - Pinching someone in a dogpile happens in every dogpile in football as any of us that have played can attest. That DOES NOT MAKE IT RIGHT, but I doubt they would consider it any sort of flagrant personal foul. It would likely be unnecessary roughness.

    - Even if it were to fall within the flagrant personal foul category, an institution is not required to self-report flagrant fouls. This is where you tried to tie the major violation to the foul erroneously.

    - I seriously doubt that Jerod-Eddie knows where the sciatic nerve is located.

  33. By a&m hater, November 27, 2010 @ 10:15 pm

    For mister basher22 you are the biggest fucking idiot i have ever heard. look at the facts and shut your fucking mouth. your are an idiot.

  34. By joem, November 27, 2010 @ 10:16 pm

    who will be the crew on the fied this Saturday for the Big 12 championship?

  35. By Lynne Ahlers, November 27, 2010 @ 10:25 pm

    very good artical, and i do hope that it is addresses and enforced on the simple fact that it needs to now before it gets worse, i do want to point out that Coach Carl Pelini made a public statement to local media which is streamed on the web along with getting a warning from chancellor Perlman for his conduct during that game,however commissioner Bebbe still couldn’t do his job in the way he is expected and today his refusal only made him look bad again, personal actions are just that and they speak volumns , he has also yet to apolgize to Pearlman or Pelini on the Cotton/ Jarod -Eddie incident , i saw the video ,and if i had been Cotton your darn right i would have kicked in reaction to what to me is simple assualt what you all don’t seem to think about ,is even if there is never anything done Mr.Cotton can legally press assualt charges as well as if not possibly sue for damages if what was done caused and required medical attention,so in my opinion someone in charge needs to quit hiding behind closed doors and man up and do their damn job before that comes into play though i dont see that being done,if they dont then the big 12 commission needs to clean house and get rid of the bad seeds with in their franchise.

  36. By Larry T, November 27, 2010 @ 10:28 pm

    Forget T-A&M. They will soon be seeing what Texas has planned for them and the rest of the little-10. Play them 10 more times and Nebraska wins 10. Texas destroyed the SWC and now the Big-12. Be watching a bunch of you in the Mountain West soon. lol

  37. By Basher22, November 27, 2010 @ 10:29 pm

    “your are an idiot.” Priceless.

    Based upon their grasp of the English language, I’ve come to the conclusion that both “Tim” and “a&m hater” played for an Osborne recruited gaggle of girl beating dimwits.

    My team won.

    Eat shit and kill yourself.



  38. By Nic Reese, November 27, 2010 @ 10:33 pm

    This may be the most educated view on the Nebraska/Big 12 situation that I have read yet. It’d be interesting to see if A&M was found to be in violation of breaking a rule, but doubt any punishment would extend beyond the suspension of that player.

    I’m not really sure why Aggie fans are involved in this, it really doesn’t have much to do with them. It’s kinda between Nebraska and the Big 12. You guys got the win, so why would you even be online seeking out these types of articles? Just enjoy your Texas Bowl berth.

    Good stuff Richard, very insightful, and well constructed argument.


    • By James, November 30, 2010 @ 2:43 pm

      because some nebraska fan decided to post a link to the big 12 blog comments on making it fair game to A&M and any other team to tell most nebraska fans to stop being sissies and get over it. your going to the CCG congrats now drop this, its old news.

  39. By Dan, November 27, 2010 @ 10:56 pm

    I have only one thing to say, Nebraska – BOYCOTT the Big 12 championship!!!!

  40. By Ed, November 27, 2010 @ 10:57 pm

    Guess what? It’s been 2 weeks and you still loss the game. Quit your freaking crying. Maybe the NCAA can give you that game back as well? Cornheads are losers.

    • By Amazed, December 1, 2010 @ 11:51 am

      We don’t want the game, we want justice and a fair called game in the Big 12 championship. Enjoy the victory, A&M played hard and it was a battle but if you had a season (the A&M game wasn’t the only one) you might understand.

  41. By Kim, November 27, 2010 @ 11:13 pm

    I know the whole ben cotton thing sucks but I also know that kinda crap happens all the time in the dogpile. I think the issue is just that he got caught in the act. Honestly I think the biggest joke is the lack of a big 12 representative in Lincoln last night. Nebraska and Colorado have been rivals for years and that game is tradition. Everyone knew that with our win we would clinch the north. If bebee wasn’t going to come then why didn’t someone else? Hell, one of the representatives from the conference was a linebacker for NU! He would have been more than welcomed! Bebee is just a coward if you ask me.and for all you TAMU fans riding our asses, if the tables were turned you would be bitching even louder except you would sound like blubbering idiots because unlike you we are actually educated in this shit!

    • By James, November 30, 2010 @ 2:48 pm

      no A&M has class, a loss is a loss. we lost to OSU, ARK, and Missou(horrendously!) its wasn’t that the officials tried to cheat us. it wasn’t that there weren’t critical penalties miss, its that we didn’t execute as a team. so no we do not whine. and i assume the “shit” you are talking about is making excuses for your teams sorry play one game.

      • By Morrison, November 30, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

        Having class also includes winning with class, not just losing with it. Frankly, I haven’t seen much of that from Aggie fans, James.

  42. By NEBisGoing2theShip, November 27, 2010 @ 11:14 pm

    Haha I like all the guys defending A&M. Ok so we did lose they game and didn’t play well but the officiating did make a difference in the game. The roughing the passer call was ridiculous and cost us that drive that was in field goal range. And nonetheless you aren’t going to the Big XII championship and we are period. Have fun next year with no championship game and Texas and Oklahoma taking all the revenue.

  43. By a&m hater, November 27, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

    This is for little miss basher22. You sure don’t get it. When somone says shut up and stay off. It means stay off. You must be one off texans that is giving Dan Beebe the businees under the table, if you know what I mean.

  44. By me61, November 27, 2010 @ 11:19 pm

    The conference has been slanted toward the Texas teams since its inception. Too bad their old conference couldn’t keep it together.

    Clearly the Big Texas conference feels jilted by Nebraska and has set out for the entire season to undermine them. Bo Pelini went overboard but if there was ever provocation, there certainly was that night!

    I am glad that Nebraska is leaving the Big Texas conference and moving to a) better revenue, b) better academics and research grant, and c) better officiating.

  45. By Mike, November 27, 2010 @ 11:23 pm

    Ed who is your team? If this happened to your team you would be doing the same thing. I rather be cornheads then what are you nothing since you dont say your team. This is a good article and to the point and truth. Plust Texas A&M won’t win their bowl anyone and Iowa State didn’t make it to a bowl game. Plus we beat Iowa State. So fuck the big 12 conference and some of the teams in it. GO BIG RED!!

  46. By J, November 27, 2010 @ 11:24 pm

    Texas Sucks Major Asshole!!!!

  47. By Tom, November 27, 2010 @ 11:29 pm

    Dear A&M fans,

    You won a game by three points directly resulting from a BS roughing the passer call. Then you celebrated on National television with your moronic swaying like you blew out a number one team and won a National Championship. Pretty much the worst case of poor sportsmanship that I and most people will ever witness. Then you decide to push this even further by trolling articles that really have nothing to do with except for a true statement that your own program won’t “man up” (as you like to say so often) and suspend their players for ON FIELD acts clearly in violation of school AND conference policies.

    Oh, and by the way, bashing Nebraska for Lawrence-freaking-fifteen-years-ago-Phillips Is a fallacy called the Straw Man, Why don’t you look it up with your mighty Internetz.

    Here’s a news flash: No one cares that you beat us except you.
    -We’re still going to the Big 12 Championship, and
    -We weren’t National Championship bound before you beat us, anyway.

    What we, the Nebraska fans, care about is BS officiating; the overall attitude of Big 12 officials; and the blessed fact that we no longer have to deal with the bull that has permeated the Big 12 conference since its inception.

    As much as you’re glad we’re leaving, we’re a thousand times happier that we are leaving. Now that you know it’s mutual, you can shut the hell up about it.

    As far as all the incidents are concerned, it won’t matter in about two months, which is a bigger coup than any one person can cause.

    Great article, I appreciate arbitrary third parties taking an in-depth look at the issue.

    • By Schwab, December 1, 2010 @ 2:21 am

      The only disagreement I have with Tom is that there is one more game with BIG Tw(exas)elve Officiating. I’ll be happy if its evenly called and we can play honorably.

  48. By big12sux, November 27, 2010 @ 11:30 pm

    I am an A&M fan. Have been since I was young. I feel it necessary to explain this because of all the fellow A&M fans that have commented that apparently feel this game was called fairly. I do not believe that we needed poor calls to beat Nebraska. As was mentioned on a comment earlier. Nebraska couldn’t score on our defense. However, to say that the football game was fairly called is being ignorant. Personally I feel for Nebraska after watching the Texas and Iowa State game first it is clear that Beebe is a grade A DB! The fact is a fair game is all anyone wants (even when youre on the winning side) I know as an A&M fan I would rather have won knowing that we didn’t get so many questionable calls. I would rather take away any excuses.

    Moral of the story. Dan Beebe is making a mockery of the Big 12. When football comes down to this, it is not fair to the fans or the players.

    Also, for fans like this basher22 doucher. You give not just A&M fans, but all fans a bad name. You are the one who is classless. I hope that not a single person who reads this article or comments associates you in any way with A&M. Why don’t you try representing the aggies with class.

    • By AlfaCowboy, November 30, 2010 @ 4:13 pm

      Sorry, man. As far as I’m concerned, Tecas A&M is 100% synonomous with your poster boy, Tony Jerod-Eddie, and his coach who mentors young men to be little punk cheap shot artists. I am so glad to be leaving this conference, and to no be associated with your school of groin-grabbing trash.

      A&M = Tony Jerod-Eddie.

    • By Matt, November 30, 2010 @ 6:47 pm

      Yeah, it’s pretty hard to score when you have 142 yards of rushing and 145 yards of penalties ;)

      I don’t blame A&M for taking that win at all and the only BS calls against NU were the 2 simultaneous PF calls against cotton and the horrible late hit against Osborne. There were a couple others that no one ever saw, but whatever, NU earns a lot of penalties and you can’t blame the refs for seeing them.

    • By Bridget, December 3, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

      Dear big 12 sux,

      Thank you for your honesty. There is SO Much bad stuff
      being written about us (NU fans) right now it is really hard to take.
      I wish more people could be honest like you about the
      calls and Dan Beebe. He totally has made a mockery of the
      big 12, you are right on.

      By the way, your fans were amazing and you may have beat us without
      the calls, I wish we could have found out.

      The whole Beebe, big 12, Nebraska getting torn apart stuff is so sad and has ruined the season for me no matter what happens

  49. By demon ragnarok, November 27, 2010 @ 11:37 pm

    Congratulations to texas a&m on winning the game. The officiating might have been questionable but even with the bs roughing call, there is no way to know if it would have ended differently. However, in the end it doesn’t matter because we’re playing next week.

    To basher: enjoy sitting at home next week watching us play.

  50. By Nuno, November 27, 2010 @ 11:43 pm

    The big twelve didnt Send anyone to do the trophy presentation yesterday when clinching the north division title. This is standard big twelve procedures. The official announcement was the commissioners office recieved many death threats from Nebraska fans. You think they would send Ed Stewart, a former Husker, to present the trophy.

  51. By Girth, November 27, 2010 @ 11:44 pm

    Texas A&M should change their name to Kansas State South – a century-long record of bottom-feeding losers who finally string together a few wins and they have no clue how to deal with success whatsoever. Your coaches are all has-beens that nobody else wanted and your players are junk-stroking no-stars that no other team wanted. Had the Longhorns or Baylor or Tech wanted them, they would be there and not at the “little fish” of the Big 12 South.

    Face facts: it was not the 12th Man that helped you score 3 more points than the Huskers, it was the 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th Man in the striped and Austin’s suit-and-tie minions. Despite your cute little masturbation ritual that your dressed-up little cub scouts do before the game, and your cut little Scream Like A Girl practice the night before the game, it still took a pack of zebras to get you over the top and win by a single field goal on your home field.

    At least now I know that A&M stands for Anal & Mastubate … Jerrod-Eddy should have his number retired.

    • By James, November 30, 2010 @ 2:56 pm

      way to make fun of the corp, aren’t you cool. little do you know that approx. 1/3 of the corp at Texas A&M has served in the military abroad in some way. way to be an asshole and not support people that are sacrificing their lives to protect you and your freedom.

      • By AlfaCowboy, November 30, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

        So because they served, they cannot be criticized or made fun of for anything in their lives ever. Great logic from a typical Texas illiterate.

  52. By Tony Jerrod-Eddie, November 27, 2010 @ 11:49 pm

    Hey Girth -

    Score. Board.

  53. By sjmh, November 27, 2010 @ 11:50 pm

    Most ridiculous thing I have ever read. Let’s honestly look at your video. Since when would pinching someone’s upper thigh “violating” them? Take a step back and think about everything you just wrote…just flat out crazy.

  54. By Basher22, November 27, 2010 @ 11:52 pm

    “You must be one off texans…”

    For some reason, I imagined this part in a Russian, James Bond villain voice. Were you an English major in college, comrade? Did you go to Nebraska? Let me guess……t-shirt fan?

    “a&m hater”, what’s going to happen to me?

    Wait a second………illiterate, rage filled, mental age of 4……..YOU ARE CARL PELINI, AREN’T YOU?!?

  55. By Adam, November 28, 2010 @ 12:06 am

    I can’t believe husker fans are still whining about this.

  56. By William, November 28, 2010 @ 12:22 am

    It’s interesting that all these texas fans believe this is not a notable event but the Nebraska coach yelling at the refs and a player is more of a pressing issue. How do you justify Jerrod-Eddy’s actions?

    • By James, November 30, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

      uhhh simple, that kind of “extra curricular activity” happens in every game of football every time there is a scrum for a football on both sides.

      • By AlfaCowboy, November 30, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

        Great! So you approve of groin grabbing. That’s good to know. I played football for several years (at an admittedly low level), and I never once had someone reach for my junk. Of course, we weren’t ever coached to pull hair, bite and otherwise take cheap shots, unlike Tony Jerod-Eddie and his teammates. TGGU (Texas Groin Grabber University) is comprised of nothing but little punk cheap shot artists.

  57. By mike, November 28, 2010 @ 12:23 am

    Is this website for real, or are you just some dude living in his mother’s basement looking for stuff to bitch and moan about?

  58. By txag00, November 28, 2010 @ 12:34 am

    Okay, so everyone, including my fellow Ags, need to ease up on the internet testosterone and deal with the facts.

    1. The roughing the passer was called was b.s. The call obviously helped us, but we still drove 35 more yards before kicking the field goal so it didn’t directly cost NU the game. Also, given the way both defenses were playing there is absolutely no way we could have known who would have won if the call wasn’t made.

    2. What TJE did was dumb, and Cotton’s retaliation was likewise dumb (but understandable). Stuff like this does happen in every game though (and yes Huskers your guys do it too), TJE just happened to get caught on camera. The whole premise of the article about it being a “major violation” is completely ridiculous though, and it seems to me that the author is just trying to further rile up a frustrated Nebraska fanbase. For what it’s worth, I understand that Sherman made him run until he threw up on Monday, but I’m sure that’s not near enough for all you Huskers.

    3. As stated by other posters, the penalty disparity was definitely dubious (although every other one looked legit and only one was a holding call against you), but this happens all the time and you just need to deal with it. We played Oklahoma at home two weeks prior and the penalty count was 14-3 against us (with a couple of calls at least as bad as the roughing the passer call). What happened in the OU game…we won it anyway! The point is that despite the penalty calls, you still had the opportunity to win the game and the simple fact is that you just couldn’t move the ball against our defense.

    In closing I would just like to say that I still think Husker fans are generally a classy bunch (there are a***s in every fanbase including ours). I wish that the roughing the passer call hadn’t been made so there wouldn’t have been all this back and forth b.s., but I still wish you all the best of luck in the Big 10. Hopefully we can settle it on the field next year in a BCS Bowl!

    • By Steve, November 30, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

      Um…yeah the roughing the passer was the difference because your team would have had to PUNT…therefore the 35 yards would have never happened.

      -Where’s your proof that Nebraska does this on the bottom of the pile? Wait, you have none, whereas there is ABC footage all over the internet that says your team does it. That’s the difference, moron. Nice try with the “everybody does it” argument, when there is only video evidence that your team does it. Either way, since there is evidence, the player should have been suspended. The ISU player should have been suspended as well.

      -We know we lost the game, and it’s not like we expect them to change it to a win in the record books. We just want the big 12 officials to pay for their blatant negligence and biased officiating. We want the commissioner to pay for having a double standard when it comes to Nebraska and who he punishes for on the field actions. Really, this has nothing to do with A&M, and everything to do with Nebraska vs. the officials and head of the Big 12.

      -If this happened to your team, and not Nebraska, you would be complaining in the same way Husker fans are. Don’t be foolish. If you can say you wouldn’t, you are either a liar, or the dumbest human being on earth.

      -This article was written by someone with no ties to Nebraska, A&M, or the Big 12. Simply a spectator with no bias who sees the obvious wrongdoings going on towards Nebraska.

      • By txag00, December 1, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

        Actually the author is from Nebraska, so clearly he does have a bias in his writing.

        After reading more opinons and getting more info, I can see now the complaining about the officials is about your season as a whole and not just about the A&M game. I’d only watched NU vs MU before the A&M game, so I wasn’t familiar with some of the other official issues you’ve had this year. I guess the A&M game was just the final straw for some of you, so I can understand the frustration a little better now. At this point it doesn’t make much difference anyway, so now you can just go and settle it on the field on Saturday. Lets all hope for fair officiating, so we can just see a great final Big 12 title game.

        Good luck against the land thieves!

    • By AlfaCowboy, November 30, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

      I’m glad you approve of little punk cheap shot artists grabbing other players intimately in the pile. I wouldn’t hold your breath for that BCS bowl. You’ll simply never make one, and I’m glad. Texas Groin Grabber University doesn’t deserve to have their cheap shot punks rewarded for their cheap shot punk play. Go gig yourself.

    • By Amazed, December 1, 2010 @ 6:08 pm

      You missed the pass interference called on Dennard that kept the drive alive that gave A&M their second field goal. How about when a Nebraska player breathed on an A&M player they were flagged but A&M players litterally got away with groping the private parts of Husker players. Keep the victory but don’t claim A&M is the better team……they played hard and scored more points with a lot of help from officials. Bottom Line.

      What happened in the pile probably does happen all the time….the difference is there is proof that this happened and yet nothing is done. This year Nebraska has had players forced to sit out a game for much less.

      Yes Husker fans are looking for justice or better yet; How about better yet call the Big 12 Championship fairly? The Big 12 is pathetic, good riddance.

  59. By Jackie Sherill, November 28, 2010 @ 12:39 am


    A&M has won the 4th most games in history for teams in the Big 12. I agree that A&M doesn’t have the history of Tom Osborne “looking the other way” while running felons and girl-friend beaters out on the field to win another game. By the way, is Lawrence out of jail yet?

    Before you start getting all whiney about your recent loss, perhaps you should consider yourself lucky that the Big 10 was willing to take you on. We certainly don’t care about you leaving and taking all 150,000 TV viewers with you.

    And by the way, perhaps your Head Coach will learn that denigrating (I know, that’s a really big word for you to understand) the officials may cause them to call things a little tighter against his team. By the way, Bo and Carl remind me of Karl from Sling Blade. I just hope one of them doesn’t come to my house and ask which numbers you punch in on the telephone in order to get the am-bu-lance.

    Oh yeah, scoreboard.


  60. By Mike, November 28, 2010 @ 12:46 am

    Gotta love Texans . . . steers and q . . .

  61. By Dano, November 28, 2010 @ 12:51 am

    “Texas A&M should change their name to Kansas State South – a century-long record of bottom-feeding losers who finally string together a few wins and they have no clue how to deal with success whatsoever.”

    KState hardly. The Aggies are top 20 in all time wins with 18 SWC Championships, 1 Big 12 Championship and 2 MNC and 2 retro active MNC’s. You must be a complete idiot to call coaches like Dana Bible, Bear Bryant, Gene Stallings, Jackie Sherril and RC Slocum coaches nobody else wanted.

  62. By local_musician, November 28, 2010 @ 1:04 am

    @ txag00

    To your point about a&m moving 35 more yards after the penalty… actually this is null since the penalty came on a 3rd down and a&m would have punted after that play, so the next few plays would not have occured.

    The other point you make is that Nebraska couldnt move the ball. Actually this is also untrue. If you notice, almost all penalties on Nebraska were on the offense. Furthermore all were on the a&m side of the 50, after they had begun a sustained drive.

    Nebraska still has over 300 yards of offense, and any yards from a play that occurs where a penalty takes the play back doesn’t count towards the total. So obviously they weren’t having trouble moving the ball, especially considering they lost Martinez, which is another one of the major issues of the Nebraska’s loss. With a healthy Martinez it may have been a different story as well.

    Regardless, the game is over, and you can never know what happened had things been different, but the NU fans definitely have plenty of evidence towards conspiracy, especially if you fast track to all the earlier season games where there were questionable calls which were never reviewed when they may have changed in NU’s favor.

    Although I don’t believe there would be a “BIG 12″ conspiracy simply because if it were true and they got caught the repercussions would be extreme.

    Officiating in college football ultimately has become a joke. I’ve seen countless games with blatant fouls not called. Then today, Ohio State (who I despise) was called for unsportsmanlike for sporting the “O” with their hands after they scored. In my opinion those were ridiculous penalties but it goes to show that the refs do not have their priorities straight.

  63. By Mary, November 28, 2010 @ 1:31 am

    It is because of people like Ed that the Nebraska journalist, etc., have NOT hollered louder….people will just accuse us of still whining from the sideline……..Some of the “stuff” that has been allowed to go on on the field against Nebraska this year is nearly criminal..if some of this stuff had gone on out in the street and had been turned would have been classified as an asault or sexual harrament!!!!!!!

  64. By Bryce, November 28, 2010 @ 1:31 am

    I’ve been a Husker fan all my life, so despite my best efforts to look at events like this un-biased, I still feel like I’m being somewhat irrational. I also feel that by getting upset about poor officiating or disrespect from Beebe (refusing to come to Lincoln when we win the North) does nothing but hurt the reputation of our fanbase. We’re great fans, we have a longstanding tradition of pride and honor in our program (I still think this is mostly because so many old people in Nebraska have nothing better to do than religiously follow the only legitimate sports team we have here). Suddenly, when people start lashing out and making stupid desperate generalized insults at the state of Texas, it makes us look like j***off fans of some SEC program. We’re not a whiny bunch, we shouldn’t be acting like it.

    I’m not one of the conspiracy theorists who thinks the Big 12 is doing everything they can to screw over the Huskers, but I have to say that the Texas A&M game was absurd. No matter what people say, you have to agree that the reason we lost was because we couldn’t move the ball. With Martinez out of the game and having a less than 100% Helu, we couldn’t make the big plays our offense has come to depend on, especially against a tough defense in one of the hardest places to play in the nation. Rex can’t do it by himself. That said, I will never believe it was solely because of poor officiating that we lost the game. However, anybody who says there was nothing wrong with the way the game was called is simply kidding themselves. And it was more (much more) than just the roughing the passer call and the no-call on TJE. There will always be no-calls on both sides of the ball in every game, but the numbers here dramatically favored A&M, I thought it was crystal clear and I’m honestly a little surprised it hasn’t been covered more in the national media.

    I am also a Husker fan who is overjoyed to be leaving the Big 12. After the Big 8 expanded, they may as well have re-named it the Texas Conference. Think about it, if UT decided they were up and leaving the conference, how many teams would go with them? I think the conference would collapse. Any Texas fan who says Nebraska isn’t worth anything as a program is kidding themselves more than a person who thought the A&M game was called fairly. I agree, your conference will be just fine without us and CU (I’m going to miss being pelted by urine-soaked snowballs in Boulder, I love that rivalry), but I think having NU leave takes away from the respect and tradition factors of the Big 12 as a whole. Even if we aren’t a championship-caliber team at the moment like we were all throughout the ’90s, we’re a good program that promises to continue to breed support and fans (look at our home game sellout record). I’m super excited to be playing with teams like Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State, and while I’m sad to never get the regular Oklahoma and Colorado games back, I look forward to new rivalries. I know nobody is going to read all of this, but I hope Husker fans keep their heads level and support Bo and the boys no matter what happens. GO BIG RED.

  65. By tisktiskaggiefans, November 28, 2010 @ 1:32 am

    @sjmh did you watch the video? He was basically giving him a titty twister on his calf. This is the best article I’ve read about the whole incident. Those refs hate Nebraska. All of those penalties Nebraska got. Most I’m sure were bullshit. How could you not call a facemask on Iowa State?? The ref was right there watching the whole thing and didn’t throw his flag. Oh wait he did on Nebraska for defending Burkhead. Sjmh you my friend are an idiot. good day…oh Girth Score Board huh?! Who is in the Big 12 Championship? Not the aggies….just sayin

  66. By JL, November 28, 2010 @ 1:48 am

    Jackie, 4th most wins in the Big 12 is about like bragging about getting the bronze medal in the 100 yd dash of the Jr High track meet. You may need to double check your statistcs, NU has a fanbase of at least 1.8 million (the state population) and that doesn’t include the out of state fans/alumni/everyone else. The ratings that NU brings to ABC will beat anyone else in the nation, which explains why Ed Cunningham is paid. All respect to Texas A and M, but you have no room to talk bad about a team that pays the majority of Sherman’s salary…Enjoy being owned by TX and OK for the years to come

  67. By mbehne, November 28, 2010 @ 1:52 am

    Hey SJMH did you know that the big twelve boss was toooo proud to come to lincoln to award the north trophy to ne, he claims he was afraid. funny people here would not kill a fly. explain that bullshit??

  68. By mbehne, November 28, 2010 @ 1:54 am

    Hey Sjmh you notice Beebe was not present to award the north crown to NE. Sad very sad I think?

  69. By Girth, November 28, 2010 @ 2:04 am

    By Dano: “The Aggies are top 20 in all time wins with 18 SWC Championships, 1 Big 12 Championship and 2 MNC and 2 retro active MNC’s.”

    Liar. Texas A&M has one national title bestowed upon in by AP voters in 1939. This retroactive title thing is crap and I pity you and your program if you have to go back to 1917, 1919 and 1927 and invent some sort of title to fill the emptiness of your trophy room.

    By Dano: “You must be a complete idiot to call coaches like Dana Bible, Bear Bryant, Gene Stallings, Jackie Sherril and RC Slocum coaches nobody else wanted.”

    I never said nobody wanted your former coaches. I said your current staff is comprised of left-overs and beat-downs. I wouldn’t call going from HC of the Green Bay Packers to HC of lowly Texas A&M a step up. I have no idea how good Dana Bible was – perhaps you could enlighten us since you obviously were at those games a century ago. As for Bear Bryant, Jackie Sherrill and Gene Stallings … thanks for making my point for me! They all had the foresight to get out of that dump and went on to success at SEC schools while TAMU remained Austin’s bitch – then and today. As for R.C. Slocum, he just sucked.

  70. By Dr.D, November 28, 2010 @ 2:06 am

    Now that the regular season games are completed, the MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE becomes visible.

    Anyone who is concerned about this abuse of power, and has has a contact with a sports news source should ask that contact to send an inquiry to the Big 12, asking who will be on the officiating crew for the Big 12 Championship Game.

    No further actions are necessary. But the Big 12 should know that the entire nation will be paying attention to the integrity of the officiating process in this Championship Game.

    Nebraska fans have full confidence that the University of Oklahoma will compete fairly, in the traditions of our two schools. If the refereeing process does not interfere, the outcome will be one that everyone, even the Big 12 conference, can take pride in.

    May the best team win!

  71. By Steven, November 28, 2010 @ 2:19 am

    Okay sjmh, or whatever the hell your name is, first off being pinched in the upper thy is violating them, how would you like it if some 300 pound guy was laying on top of you stroking your thy an inch a way from your private? You would probably feel uncomfortable. Second, even if he wasn’t going for his nards, there is a nerve there where he was first pinching that if hit wrong can cause a pretty bad injury. And third, LOOK AT THE END he obviously is touching his junk. That game was bull, and I don’t even care about the huskers. The big 12 has just been making crap calls on them because they are leaving our sorry asses behind to go to the big 10 because Texas has to come ruin everything just like they did to there last confrence.

  72. By 254, November 28, 2010 @ 2:29 am

    Aggy hasn’t won a National Championship since Hitler invaded Poland; and, the games did not involve facemasks! ha. Aggy hasn’t finished in the top 5 since N. Korea went south across the 38th paralles. Aggy has a lifetime winning percentage of .59, even including the cheating years of 85-97. Aggy is tied for #1, along with about 5 other schools, as the most cheating, ncaa violating school in the country. And finally, just for giggles….aggy buries their dead dogs near the endzone, then spent $30k erecting a functioning scoreboard so the dead dogs could keep up with the game. Fact.

    • By James, November 30, 2010 @ 3:06 pm

      that dog is a five star general, which is more than you will ever accomplish. FACT

  73. By nutpunch, November 28, 2010 @ 2:32 am

    Jackie Sherill you love to talk about felons and girlfriend draggers, yet you “look the other way” when a sexual assault occurs in the MIDDLE OF YOUR FOOTBALL FIELD. #83 needs to be suspended, indicted and convicted of this crime. vacating the texass win would be a good start, but #83 should be in prison. BTW – the series record stands at 10-3. scoreboard

  74. By backwater, November 28, 2010 @ 2:35 am

    well, here it is, I’m a Nebraskan who happens to not be a husker fan (yes there are a few, and we are really out numbered)

    I’m all for the move to the big ten. not because of the ridiculous crap that’s gone on in the past few years with sports.

    where the big 12 officers should have done something about this player that was acting out against the competition, so be it that nothing came of it.

    The nice thing about our move is this: when ever Nebraska plays any of her former rivals, these games will be non-conference games. so win or lose, those games won’t affect Nebraska’s bowl eligibility.

    So enjoy Big Texas next year. . .

    Oh and for the record, Nebraska joined the big 10 not for an easier football schedule, but for better access to research grants. so think on that, Texans!

  75. By tyson, November 28, 2010 @ 2:44 am

    lets see where all you texas fans are when the big 12 disolves. I guess u can get k-state and iowa state to stay and start your own new division. maybe the wac would take you.

  76. By Gtbiger, November 28, 2010 @ 3:08 am

    The things that happen in those piles has been going on forever and I’m sure a Husker player has gotten away with it too. The roughing call was BS and to say that didn’t have a significant impact in the game is crap!! It negated a punting situation and gave A&M the 15 yards and a 1st down wich they took the opportunity to get the FG. Oh ya, for all you aggie fans who end your comments with the “scoreboard” let me end with enjoy watching NEBRASKA in Big 12 championship game…

    • By James, November 30, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

      yes congrats on winning the big XII north, you deserve to be in CCG. it doesn’t really bother any A&M fans that yall are in the CCG and we aren’t, so if that was supposed to hurt, it didn’t. once again congrats though on going to the CCG and best of luck against OU.

  77. By rigmus, November 28, 2010 @ 3:16 am

    im a husker fan. i think there were at least 3 penalties that did not need to be called, and those penalties MAY have changed the outcome of the game. i think the camera crew and the regional broadcast of a two specific portions of the game publicized undesirable realities in football: bo pelini throwing his fit, and jerrod-eddie pinching cotton. coaches get upset. i have seen it first-hand; my middle school and high school coach was WAY more excitable then bo pelini. coaches yell at their players and refs. poking, pinching, and scratching occurs in the big pile-ups when someone fumbles. this is football. football is missed calls, angry coaches, and stupid actions by players. good teams win in spite of these challenges. A&M won. it wasn’t absolutely fair, but it is unreasonable to claim the game and the conference is “rigged” when the A&M team played that well. I bet if NU could have scored a touchdown we would have won, regardless of the penalties.

  78. By Monte, November 28, 2010 @ 3:31 am

    Quote: “… huge disparity in the number of penalties assessed against Nebraska (32 times for 293 yards) versus their opponents (9 times for 103 yards) by this one particular Big 12 officiating crew…”

    I watched this same crew officiate the OU v OSU game tonight, and they didn’t call roughing the passer on 6 hits I saw that were way worse than the one called last week, we all know that call was BS.
    There were a lot of calls missed that I saw, maybe I am biased on the fact that any time a husker player hits with too much pressure they get called, so any good hit to me seems like it should be flagged.
    But seriously I saw this crew allow 2 teams to play football, why couldn’t they allow it for NE against Iowa, and TexAM?

    I am excited to watch the CCG, and am really hoping to see a fair game.

    L. Jones against our secondary… would be sweet. And Murray sat out most of the 2nd half, hope he is healthy so we get to play the full team. Hoping Martinez is healthy for the same reason.

  79. By mike simpson, November 28, 2010 @ 3:34 am

    Please enjoy the Big Ten—we don’t nee dcry babies in the Big 12

  80. By Joey Joe, November 28, 2010 @ 3:39 am

    From Jackie:
    “Before you start getting all whiney about your recent loss, perhaps you should consider yourself lucky that the Big 10 was willing to take you on. We certainly don’t care about you leaving and taking all 150,000 TV viewers with you…”

    Jackie, Jackie, Jackie…I couldn’t remain quiet.

    I’m a Husker fan, and we’re EVERYWHERE. I realize you were making a joke with the 150K fanbase, but that’s our team in this state, sweetheart. That’s what a million of us John Deere corn-picking tractor drivers (a mere joke, my fellow Nebraskans…we know who we are) who live in NE love.

    I know you’re surprised, we have internet in this state! The article was relayed on Facebook and I read it. Then, unfortunately – I read your comment.

    Now, I’ll admit, Girth got a little nasty. I smirked (we’re passionate about NU). Apparently, he struck a nerve with you. We Husker fans tend to do that…but most of us watched that game in disgust, with respect to the loss and behavior. Many of us wanted Martinez to keep his happy a$$ in that game and run all over the Aggies. Didn’t happen. I’ve never met Pelini, but a close friend of mine of sound character is tight with a fellow high school player and friend of Bo’s and told that he’s one of the most pleasant men you’ll ever meet. His rants were a little elementary. But that’s when Jekyll becomes Hyde…on the field. It was a little extreme…and as he apologized for it – the wrong thing to do. Like I said – Huskers are passionate.

    Not one Husker fan liked seeing Bo berate Taylor on the sideline or denigrate (did I spell that right? I had to look it up…what a BIG word) the referees. Actually, the verb “denigrate” means to “criticize unfairly,” which could be a matter of perspective. We’ll leave it at that.

    I’m not about to whine about the game, just here to make your ignorance disappear, honey. Are you a woman? I hope so. Sorry if you’re not…I know a guy named Jackie who would kick my a$$ if I made the mistake. I’m taking a chance – everyone is so tough when they don’t have to confront one another face to face, aren’t they?

    Back in the day, NU had some unfortunate circumstances with our players off the field, and I think I’m putting that mildly. NU fans silently commented amongst ourselves about our convicts on the field. It was emabarrasing and offensive. Osborne didn’t like it either – and he didn’t turn away when the guys got out of line. They were disciplined SEVERELY if not by the law. As fans, we didn’t like it one bit when our boys don’t show class at all times. Anyway, things happened. I’m sure all TX players are squeaky clean? C’mon. I don’t care one way or the other. That’s not the issue either, is it? Present day – Pelini’s players do not get into trouble. They show up for class, get the grades, and play some hard football. There’s a major price to pay for crossing Pelini. Husker football is what we have in this state, it’s our major league. We’re damn proud of it. We expect our players to show class at all times. Many agree that they don’t just represent the school, but the whole state.

    I’ve cooled down from last week. We lost our only two regular season games to TX teams. s@#+!!! We’d be looking at a National Championship, maybe. Huskers (fans, coaches, players) have a massive amount of respect for TX and OK teams. Hell, the whole Big XII! It’s been good to ALL of us the last several years. Jackie, we just wanted the Aggies to flirt with us first before you move in for the pinch. A little foreplay first? Take it slooooow, girl!

    txagg00 saved you a “Girth-like” lashing demonstrating class and objectivity in his response. Jackie, I would have told you, “Good riddance to the Big XII, now you TX teams can do what you do best – play with yourselves.” But an Aggie fan changed my attitude and reminded me that this is why Husker fans respect our opponents. You know your football as do we. Pelini’s a little crazy, but we love the guy. Husker Nation would love to have another opportunity to play the Aggies, but that looks like it may go down with the Sooner win last night.

    You lashed on Girth for his comments, Jackie. What about you? Anyway – I need to reiterate that I’m not trying to exonerate Girth or make you look like an a$$. You two are repsonsible for your responses, now.

    I’m not a conspiracy theorist. I woud hope the Big XII commission would commence its duties with all fairness…I hope we win.

    Huskers don’t consider the Aggies an archrival like we do the Sooners. We’re ecstatic to play OU to close out our time with the Big XII. The Aggies are a solid contender and worthy opponent. Congratulations on your win. You deserved it with all the penalties Huskers incurred and for playing hard. I was disappointed in my team, but enjoyed the emotion of the game.

    Jackie, Nebraska looks forward to the opportunity and challenges that lie ahead in the Big 10 and go out saying, “Thank you, Big XII, to you and all your teams.” Now if you’ll excuse me, my newborn son (NU fan 150,001) just $hit all over the place after I read him your comments. Now he wants to watch, “Sling Blade” so thanks for that one. You’re damn right we’re lucky to be in the Big 10.

    • By InMadrid, November 30, 2010 @ 6:35 pm

      To all Husker fans and football fans in general that want to know the reason why Bo flipped on TMart. Plain and simple he broke a rule, a team rule. The rule prohibits any Player or Coach to use a personal mobile cellular device during the play of the game and after during post game. Well Taylor Martinez after he got an X-ray on the opposite side of locker room where his cell phone was, walked without a limp to the opposite side of the field to the locker room to get his phone and text his dad the results, btw there was a game still going on in the background. I know some of you might think well he should have his father might be worried, to all those its in the by-laws at NU and the NCAA (i think) that for all serious injuries contact must be made to the guardian of that player. For god’s sake its a sprained ankle and seemed to be working somewhat…
      this was told to me by two of the NU football players.
      btw whats more disturbing and maybe its just me is that TMart who eventually came back in lolly-gagged for 15 minutes while we were in a heated battle. Wheres the hunger to win, especially in a game like that i know most huskers fans, being in that position, would be fighting tooth and nail to get back into the game…

      Oh yeah……. proving the point that we punish our players severely……….. TAYLOR MARTINEZ WAS SUSPENDED FOR THE CU GAME because of his actions………

    • By txag00, December 1, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

      Thanks for the classy and well thought out response Joey Joe! Congratulations on the newborn and good luck against the land thieves on Saturday!

      BTW – You didn’t name him Bo, Taylor or Ndamukong, right?

  81. By NE farmboy, November 28, 2010 @ 4:56 am

    Excellent article and it came out of Utah.

    Basher22, us Nebraska fans thank you for demonstrating YOUR class. I bet you can bench more than me with that talk. Tell you what, let’s meet up…I’ll let you pinch my leg.

    Nonetheless, best wishes to A&M. You outscored NU, congrats. We didn’t mind the noise in the stadium…we’ve got it, too. But the Huskers beat themselves that game. No one is whining here. We’re over it. We’ve got a Big XII championship to play for! Oh, how I wish we could play A&M again in the Big XII championship, but we’ll have to settle for the OU – it’s how it should be. Win or lose, that’s how you leave…G O B I G R E D.

    Won’t you miss us just a little? Good riddance to NU in the Big XII? Really? Now you TX boys have to play with yourselves practically! You guys should sucede the Union, then have your own “national” teams! How cool!

    Nevermind, I’m just some hillbilly from NE, right?

    • By James, November 30, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

      not a bad idea, i wouldn’t mind texas seceding. granted i might just have a bit too much Texas patriot in me…..

  82. By NE farmboy, November 28, 2010 @ 4:57 am

    Excellent article and it came out of Utah.

    Basher22, us Nebraska fans thank you for demonstrating YOUR class. I bet you can bench more than me with that talk. Tell you what, let’s meet up…I’ll let you pinch my leg.

    Nonetheless, best wishes to A&M. You outscored NU, congrats. We didn’t mind the noise in the stadium…we’ve got it, too. But the Huskers beat themselves that game. No one is whining here. We’re over it. We’ve got a Big XII championship to play for! Oh, how I wish we could play A&M again in the Big XII championship, but we’ll have to settle for the OU – it’s how it should be. Win or lose, that’s how you leave…G O B I G R E D.

    Won’t you miss us just a little? Good riddance to NU in the Big XII? Really? Now you TX boys have to play with yourselves practically! You guys should sucede the Union, then have your own “national” teams! How cool!

    Nevermind, I’m just some hillbilly from NE, right?

  83. By Peter, November 28, 2010 @ 5:45 am

    Jackie Sherill… isn’t he the one that got caught cheating the NCAA where ever he went? Nice reference.

    aTm is a school that has football tradition, but nothing that would bring the program up to the majors of the world like Nebraska, Florida, Notre Dame, Penn State, and all the other programs that have actually won something of note in the past 70 years. aTm was a member of the most lawless cheating league (worse than the SEC) ever and one program even got the death penalty for it!

    So take your “we have tradition” and put it up on the shelf next to the likes of Iowa, and Clemson, and the other programs that win 7 to 10 games a year and will never really take that next step.

  84. By Monika Takala, November 28, 2010 @ 6:15 am

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  85. By Shara, November 28, 2010 @ 6:19 am

    Can anyone be respectful about all these posts? I’m an Aggie but i’m not here to trash talk anyone, this is getting plain ridiculous. And I know it’s happening from both ends, some of us just need to grow up and learn some respect. I watched the video and I don’t agree with it but punishing Eddie is none of our decisions so why not hush about it? Sherman dealt with it how he felt necessary and most of ya’ll may not agree with him but that wasn’t your decision to make. I’ll admit that i’m not familiar with the NCAA regulations but i’m sure they will step in if they feel necessary. The game is OVER. It’s been over, i’ve moved on to celebrating our win over Texas. You can’t go back and change anything that happened on the field that night so why can’t we just all drop this and move on? I’m shocked by some of the comments I have read from Aggies and Nebraska fans. I respect and thank those who didn’t view these posts as a good way to trash talk the other team. And in no way do I not respect Nebraska.

    I think all this should stop and we should move on. Can’t change the past and I apologize.


  86. By Shara, November 28, 2010 @ 6:25 am

    … And whoever is posting comments as Tony JEROD-Eddie, you aren’t even spelling his name right!

  87. By Beans, November 28, 2010 @ 8:00 am

    All you A@M fans can have your score board and your crotch grab. In the end, there is no team from Texas in the Big 12 championship. And Nebraska still has the better record. Officials aside, Huskers can still take that trophy home next Saturday.

  88. By Jimbo Husker, November 28, 2010 @ 8:39 am

    I’m surprised Aggie fans aren’t upset by actions of their player. Just look at the defiant comments to this story.

    What are you people, Miami Hurricanes?

    You like it when your inner city thugs try to hurt opponents, and accuse NU fans of merely whining?

  89. By Checkbook Wallet, November 28, 2010 @ 9:08 am

    I think you know how to write a actually nice post. Thanks!

  90. By Houston Husker, November 28, 2010 @ 9:54 am

    It does not matter that this kind of thing goes on “all of the time”. That can said to be true with the majority of penalties, esp holding. It happens nearly every play and it’s just a matter of if the ref sees it and calls it. What matters is that if the ref is “missing” penalites that violate Big XII rules and the Big XII addresses them sometimes but not others, there is a problem and a disparity in the treatment of the schools in the conference. This impacts the outcomes of games. And so why even play if the officials are going to help determine the winning team?
    This was a great article. It made good points and backed them up with facts. I don’t really care if other schools think Husker fans are whiners. They have nothing to lose in this particular matter and would do the same thing if their school was getting shafted. Let’s just investigate the allegations and see if there is any truth to the claims that Dan Beebe is not playing by the book. At the very least, he is a cowardly, passive aggressive jerk.
    I was married to an Aggie and lived in College Station. I am very familiar with Ag traditions and history. I have always liked A&M (not as much as my love for my home state, Nebraska, of course) and it’s disappointing that any Ag would defend TJE’s blatant rule violation and attempt to purposefully harm another player. This does not sound like the Aggies I knew and supported in the past.

    • By James, November 30, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

      i don’t think that any aggie here is defending what he did, in the sense that it was acceptable for him to act that way. we are defending the egregious allegations that he should be suspended for such an act. there are much more harmful act that can occur in pile or even on the field than what he did. as they say its not the offense that get penalized its the retaliation.

      • By James, November 30, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

        almost forgot. best of luck to Nebraska against OU. this should be a game of epic proportions.

  91. By Rich, November 28, 2010 @ 9:56 am

    From long time husker fan,

    I have been to 3 NU-A&M games and this beckering between the 2 fan bases is silly.
    It’s 1 of the best place to go to a game and insults towards RC Slocum show no class I was at a game and befiore the core marched in I seen the coach from more than 50 feet away I waved and he walked up and shook my hand, the hand of a die hard husker with all his big red attire. It is sad to see this situation get out of hand, husker fans our problem is not with A&M it is conference leadership. That being said we have been wronged by the refs but we should have had more restraint in regards to our players actions as well as the coachs. We should have planned for some of this from the start and before every game told the players to be careful because we would get no breaks this year considering the departure to the Big 10. Plus Bo has become the Mark Cuban of the Big 12 not all of that is his fault though it is hard imagine the feelings they have knowing that that cant control bad calls ( or feeling they were cheated) and the bad blood between the Big 12 ( Texas) and NU. The hard feelings started with the begining of the Big 12. The bad blood began long ago.
    The truth is ( no insult intended) the big 12 ( Big 8) was built on the backs of OU and NU enough said.

  92. By Dave Wolrag, November 28, 2010 @ 10:16 am

    Beebe said, and I quote “I’m a big boy, I can take it.” when referring to nasty emails he received. Evidently, he can’t. He didn’t want to be anywhere near Nebraska and he used this lame excuse. Go ahead and hide under your desk Dan, like every other white collared thief.

    Nebraska is bolting the “Tilted 12″ conference and will be victimized by any means necessary that the commissioner can come up with…not just in Football. It’s not just the A&M game. Texas has been favored and babied by the inner workings of the Tilted 12 for forever. I say “so long, nice knowin’ ya.”

    Now it is on to Dallas to face presumably Oklahoma in the Championship game. It will be a fitting end. May the best team win!

    Go Big Red

  93. By ChaosHusker, November 28, 2010 @ 10:21 am

    The NU vs A&M game was pretty lopsided, officiating wise, anyone that fails to recognize this is being a homer or an idiot. That being said, A&M won, props to them. Good luck in the Little 12, hope you guys can get out from under the UT umbrella and maybe into SEC country. I’ve always respected your program and fan base. After the CCG us Huskers will pack our bags and move off to greener pastures. Good luck in future match ups, might see you guys in a bowl game down the road.

    • By James, November 30, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

      while we may disagree on the officiating i respect you being a class act that all of us could try to emulate. best of luck in the CCG and in the BIG 10 or whatever it will be called next year.

  94. By Otto, November 28, 2010 @ 10:34 am

    As a Husker fan, I want to come right out and say that I agree with pretty much everything in the post by txag00. I think, for reasons I cannot completely understand, SOME Nebraska fans have lost their perspective (assuming those people once had it). Paranoia and delusion have set in. Thankfully most of us can appreciate the reality that our team will sometimes lose and that it’s not because of someone else (refs, cheaters, commissioners, haters) that we lost. It was a well played game. Nebraska actually committed a lot of penalties, and the fact that post-game searching lead to a video that MIGHT indicate some dirty play (never, not in a football game) does not change a thing.

    I bleed Husker Red every day of my life. But it is time to quit blaming everyone else and get ready to finish 12-2.

    As for the bitter individuals (Nebraska and A&M fans alike) who resort to character shots and nonsense comments — grow up!

  95. By Omaha-Slim, November 28, 2010 @ 11:00 am

    I’m actually impressed with the chit chat and fodder of the comments by all. This is what College Football is all about …right? Fan bases verbally competing with each other over the minutea of the game …after the fact. Listen, NU lost, plain and simple, and whether we will ever meet again will be a day of great anticipation by both teams and fans alike (for whatever reasons). Speaking of fans, I’d like to say that from every quarter, the fans of NU have repeatedly said that the Aggie fans are terrific and treated them with respect and humorous tease. I love the Huskers and I love the Big 12 and no, I do not believe in conspiracies …theoretical or otherwise. I believe Pelini’s Huskers went to Aggieland and and lost to a team ready for them. Texas has been a huge hurdle for us up here (Aggies, Horns and Raiders) and I am going to miss this geographical challenge. To the Big 12 South …you are exactly what College Football is about. Congratulations to A&M for a good season and I will be watching you guys next year to do it to the Horns …AGAIN!

    • By James, November 30, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

      thank you we will no matter what someone says miss playing a team of your caliber. playing good teams makes your team better, while at the A&M v. NU game i must say that besides the drunken fan, Nebraska fans were very courteous and gracious, the kind of class act that most people have come to expect form Nebraska fans. i leave that game with a favorable impression of yall fan base. best of luck in the CCG and the Big 10 next year.

  96. By BigNEfan, November 28, 2010 @ 11:07 am

    Aggie fans should be ashamed of themselves and their team in this incident. And the fact that any of you would condone or simply excuse this act only shows what poor sports you are. If that were a Nebraska player doing that to one of yours, and your player was tagged for 30 yards as a result, I guess you would condone it and write it off as “it happens all the time”?

    It all goes to show the difference in class between Nebraska fans and Aggie fans. I live in Texas, and even where I live I have heard of people just brushing it off. Look it was dirty football, and NO TEAM or fan should condone it in any way. I know Nebraska fans and the University of Nebraska would certainly not, and that player would be punished for it. Like I said, the aggie fans have no class. And for those of you you say “look at the scoreboard”, we all know that were it not for the refs, the scoreboard would look a whole lot different. Texas ranks 117th in number of fouls per game, and yet in that game they only were called for two? And to top it off, you can’t tell me that with two freshman tackles that there was not a little ignorance of fouls on the Texas side.

    But…in the end you Aggies can look at the scoreboard. But me, I’ll be in the stands at the Big 12 Championship watching my Huskers play for the title, while you sit at home whining about not getting into the game over the Sooner that you beat. Hey..Aggies…look at the Big 12 Championship game!! I’m the one holding up the sign saying “take this Aggies!”

    • By James, November 30, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

      personally from reading comments about the CCG i’ve yet to find a single comment from an aggie complaining about how we should have gone and it’s not fair, we were cheated, that should be us and not OU kind of comment. congrats on getting to the game your team played this season like it need to in order to go to the CCG. best of luck.

  97. By Toad Work, November 28, 2010 @ 11:24 am

    Is Dan Beebe for real??? Bah,HahhaHahHAhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

  98. By GoBigRedFan, November 28, 2010 @ 11:50 am

    Besides the one sided officiating and groping in the AM game, we are looking forward to the Big 12 Championship game. Can anyone tell me if the same officiating crew will be there? I sure hope not….. Too bad A&M wasn’t big enough to apologize for the disgusting groping incident.

  99. By Ron Osborn, November 28, 2010 @ 11:59 am

    Don’t drop the soap in the shower with Jerod-Eddie!

  100. By Rich, November 28, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

    Bottom line on the Jerod-Eddie probe – what can one expect from a team who’s fan base looks the one who bring the rope to clan meetings.

    • By James, November 30, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

      im sorry, ive tried to stay a class act in this form but this is too much. how dare you try to bring racism into this conversation. there is no room for this kind of ignorance and vile in forums about football, or anything for that matter. to even mention something like this shows the true character that you have, attacking a fan base by calling them all kkk members and lynchers. you should be ashamed of yourself, and should be excommunicated from the rest of the NU fans. you can call another fan base trashy of classless(although neither fan base is classless). but don’t resort to this shit. that would be equivalent to me hypothetically calling all nebraska fans nazi jew hatters. there is not place for that kind of ignorance in america and you should be ashamed of yourself.

      • By Tyler, November 30, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

        I am a huge Husker fan and currently studying abroad in Madrid, Spain 7hours ahead of omaha and have only missed the smaller games because i cant find their streams online. So if anyone questions my loyalty, thats a joke. I completely agree with the statement above mine. I AM ASHAMED you would consider yourself a husker fan. You sir are not and never will be.

        Im not saying im holier than thou, but your comment about an entire fan base being associated with one of the darkest worst hours in our countries history and saying they represent the people who did such atrocities is ludicrous. You should not have the right to speak let alone the ability to broadcast the venom which spills from your mouth.

        I will repeat YOU SIR ARE NOT A HUSKER

  101. By Steve Outside of Norman, November 28, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

    All because of a thigh pinch in a pile?

    It was unsportsmanlike, but not uncommon. As your own Nebraska players mentioned, it happens all the time.

  102. By Dharry, November 28, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

    Huskers, We have bigger fish to fry!!!! Even if that group of officals have an axe to grind against Bo and the Boys, it wont change the A&M score. We lost. As or even bigger than the Ben Cotton scene was one that gets largely missed is the two calls on #46 Eric Martin. These were worse than the late hit. He did not use his helmet, hit late, hit the aggie in the back or anything illegal. This started our last two drives at the ten. This crew has made a concerted effort to stop Martin from blocking hard or tackling hard. He was forced to sit out a game and penalized twice in the second half.
    None of this should come into play in next saturdays game. Surely we will get an allstar crew and the outcome of the game will not be challenged for years by either fan base. I personally will miss the big eight. I was in every stadium and had good experiences everywhere but co and mo. I think there are those marginal fans every where that embarass us all. Only when we allow them to do stupid things and not step up and defend our guests do we become as bad as the ones we curse.
    With or without Tmagic we have every chance to win this next game. We need to play smart and hard. Tackle well and not bite on the running fakes.

  103. By Steve Siporin, November 28, 2010 @ 12:30 pm

    Dear Rick,

    Really a very good job of stating the case against the Big 12 and the game they gave to Texas A and M. The outrageousness of ignoring the attack on Cotton in a video that left no doubt is criminal. I mean criminal. The officiating of this game was one of the lowest points in college football I can ever remember, and the sports media completely shirked their responsiblity, conveniently attributing everything to Pelini’s temper. There may have been calls that had worse effects on the outcome of the game, but the attack on Cotton was docmented and blatant in an age when supposedly the officials are concerned with protecting players.

    I just wanted to let you know that your story is getting broad circulation. I first ran into it in an email from my uncle in Omaha. He scanned it into an email attachment and sent it out widely.

    Fine work, Rick.

    Steve Siporin

  104. By TXNU, November 30, 2010 @ 11:00 am

    How fitting that the final Big 12 champioinship game will be between two Big 8 teams.

  105. By BRB, November 30, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

    Jeez Basher, Lawrence Phillips? A guy the was suspended for 9 starts, 6 games, had to go through every kind of class and be voted back on the team by a unanimous vote after his one and only incident while at NU was looking the other way? It was the harshest penalty ever handed out at the time, where in the UF NC game, Florida had two players Johnnie Church and Teaco Brown had both done the same thing (except one of their girls was pregnant at the time), went through diversion and missed one single game. In short, you’re a complete idiot and I guarantee whatever team you root for has had more incidents that NU AND has done less about them.

    Jeron-Eddie: You saw 5 holds? Sure buddy, NU got flagged 16 times including 2 holds. Exactly how many penalties could they have missed loser? Both NU holds weren’t even nearly as blatant as what Herbstriet noticed on David and every noticed about 5 times on Crick, but for some reason aTm got none called. And you think that’s the only call? Maybe go read the national media that talks about the bogus roughing call and multiple picked up flags that twice cost NU the game. This is not to mention the play Martinez got hurt, our center is getting his helmet ripped off with two hands to the face. There are a dozen questionable instances noted by impartial news media like Lou Holtz, Scout, FSN, TSN, etc.

    What an amazing couple of no mind losers you both are, or you’re probably the same flamer that just keeps changing his name. Talk about 4 year old mentalities.

  106. By yourmom, November 30, 2010 @ 1:04 pm

    Well im sure you and your gay lover know all about sucking so ill agree you know all bout that! so suck it boy george!

  107. By SOONERSTEVE, November 30, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

    Great article. Thanks for posting it prior to the big game!! I’m tired of hearing about the officiating and have moved on. Hopefully the playing field will be level for this championship game. The video on Ben Cottons play really loses it effect in slow motion. It looked much worse at normal speed. I will say things like that happen alot in the bottom of piles and have been happening for years. It’s difficult to see what is going on in a dog pile following a fumble especially when the officials are attempting to see who has possession. I will agree that there sure appears to be a bias against Nebraska. Questionable penalties are being called during key moments of Nebraska games. DON’T CHEAT these kids!

  108. By fbfan, November 30, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

    Can’t believe you wasted you time on this article. I’m just glad I only read 1/2 of it. All you Husker fans need to quite crying and worry about beating OU. You’re offense failed you in the A&M game…not the officiating. You can’t expect to win a game when you put up 6pts. If you think you’re the first one’s to have calls go against you…GROW UP! Great teams are made by facing adversity…not having your coach cuss out his starting QB after poking him in the chest. AND DON’T claime the Aggies went against their Honor Code b/c the officials made a bad call! Dumbest excuse I’ve ever heard! Go back to your Soap Opera message boards. Enjoy life in the Big 10…if you think we’ll miss you you’re wrong. Football is the ONLY good thing you’ve given back to the Big XII. Your academics and success in every other sport is nothing special.

    • By AlfaCowboy, November 30, 2010 @ 4:09 pm

      Texas Groin Grabber University (TGGU) has no honor code (not that I really care about self-inflating imaginary crap like that anyway). Instead they have their poster boy, Tony Jerod-Eddie, and the coach who mentors young men to be little punk cheap shot artists. I will forever associate TGGU with Tony Jerod-Eddie. Neither has any class or redeeming qualities whatsoever. Go gig yourselves.

    • By Kevin, November 30, 2010 @ 5:34 pm

      Right, forget that our baseball team has been largely more successful than yours. Forget our volleyball team who are perennial national title contenders. Sure we’re horrible at basketball but we hold our own, and are likely better, than A&M in about every other sport. You’re correct in stating that our offense failed us, it absolutely did. But you had points given to you. That sends us to overtime. And I’ll take our defense against yours any day of the week. If our offense can’t get to the endzone that’s fine, neither can yours. Alex Henery will make field goals all day long. As we saw in the Texas game, your field goal kicker will miss. Bring on OT.

  109. By Rita Brummer, November 30, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

    Thanks for the great aritcle. We, in Nebraska, are tired of being called cry babies because we want all the rules enforced. The only way anything will happen is if the NCAA does it. The Big 12 will not do anything, this is exactly what they want. I am so glad we are going to a conference with some class and out of the “Texas League”. Why are they so upset we are leaving but don’t seem to mind Colorado leaving? Because they know where the money comes from and the “Texas League” is going to have find someone else to support them now.

    • By ISU Guy, November 30, 2010 @ 9:48 pm

      There’s really only one reason why Cyclones are upset about Nebraska leaving the Big 12 and not upset about Colorado leaving. We don’t care about Colorado. Even though NU has dominated our games over the years, I have always enjoyed the atmosphere of the Cyclone-Husker meetings and the large number of Nebraska fans that traveled with the team.

      I think ISU is finally on its way to developing a perennially competitive program, but we won’t get to test it against our best competition. Playing Nebraska makes our team better. A close loss to Nebraska is better than a narrow victory over Colorado.

  110. By Amy, November 30, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

    Everybody needs to contact the NCAA about its officiating. It is NOT ONLY in the Big 12 (though NE gets the worst of it). Maybe if they receive enough complaints, they will do something about it. The game should NEVER be won/loss by the ref’s!

  111. By admin, November 30, 2010 @ 7:40 pm

    For those that are still questioning whether or not Jerod-Eddie was going for Cotton’s sciatic nerve here is some info from a mixed martial arts site on how effective an attack to the sciatic nerve can be..

    “Now I keep saying that you knock out a guy’s legs, you have control in the stand-up movement, take away from his ability to shoot in on you, kick, and punch… …So the best option? Take your shin and whip it into… guess what? His sciatic nerve. Best part? Even if you miss, if you make contact, it’ll still hurt like hell, and might be just as effective.” –

    “As a side note, we learned from Dr. Cacciamani that there are two ways to cripple and immobilize the leg. 1 is an attack to the primary nerve structures (e.g. the Sciatic Nerve) and 2 is an attack on the muscle tissue. From our research, the difference is generally that nerve attacks immediately cause the temporary loss of control for the limb. Whereas muscle tissue attacks cause swelling, cramping/knotting, and gradual deterioration of muscle function.” –

  112. By Jeff Rixstine, November 30, 2010 @ 8:48 pm

    WOW! Being born and raised in Lincoln and knowing first hand that Beebe is a morally corrupt, evil, vindictive little man, I feel good to see that the world is becoming aware of what we have know all year. It is a shame that in a place of higher learning these sutdents here at Nebraska who have done nothing wrong are getting unfair and life changing treatment by Beebe and his Big 12 Gestapo. We are currently putting together a class action lawsuit against Beebe for damages that our kids have had to suffer from his unfair treatment.

  113. By duatin, November 30, 2010 @ 11:12 pm

    This type of thing happens in every dog pile. I’m not saying its right but it happens. Get over it. Stop whining. That didn’t cost them the game.

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  115. By Tim, December 1, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

    You officially are a moron. Perhaps a career in Big XII officiating is in the cards for you!

    I cannot wait to get away from the low-life Big XII. I’m not thrilled with the Big 10, but at least they are not corrupt. I wish we could take OU with us. They are a classy group and I will miss them.
    Go Big Red

  116. By The Ghost of Spalding Smails' Booger, December 7, 2010 @ 7:40 pm

    I don’t have time to read all the comments above, but I for one applaud the Utah Free Press for giving this young author a chance. What a great opportunity this is for an aspiring amateur journalist to feature his work on such a public forum.

    Sure, it’s rough around the edges. But satire is a craft that takes time to fully master. Nevertheless, with a little tweaking, I could easily imagine reading this article on the Onion.

    So kudos to you, Richard Okelberry. Keep up the good work.

    • By Richard Okelberry, December 9, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

      “A sarcastic person has a superiority complex that can be cured only by the honesty of humility.” – Thomas Carlyle

  117. By Just Stop, December 7, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

    Do you people really believe Nebraska players have never done anything dirty on the bottom of a pile? Or better yet, do you believe your players won’t get pinched when going for a fumble in the Big 10? The only thing that is remarkable about this incident is that it was caught on camera.

    I used to think Pelini was a bad fit for your program but I now realize he is a perfect reflection of the fan base. I will never look at Nebraska fans the same way again. I am astonished at the level of attacks on the Big 12, referees, A&M, people from Texas, etc. coming from what are supposed to be the classiest fans in the country. The worst part is that you’re not taking issue with the penalties that were called against your team (because most all were legit), but instead, you are complaining that the refs did not provide your team with enough assistance.

    Oh and this article is nothing short of hilarious. I’m surprised it’s getting so many serious responses. sciatic nerve…LOL

    • By Richard Okelberry, December 8, 2010 @ 8:24 am

      “Do you people really believe Nebraska players have never done anything dirty on the bottom of a pile?”

      If they are, they better be very sneaky about it because if caught, the fans will likely demand more than a single suspension.

      “The only thing that is remarkable about this incident is that it was caught on camera.”

      Here you are plainly wrong! The truly remarkable thing is not that it was caught on camera but that Big 12 and NCAA rules were never enforced by either A&M or the Commissioner. What is even more remarkable is that two such flagrant fouls were discovered on video this year and both happened to be against Nebraska and neither faced the required suspension under NCAA Rules!

      Also, your argument here represents the logic fallacy Argumentum ad Antiquitatem, because you are arguing that because a particular behavior has always been a part of football it should be seen as broadly acceptable.

      “I used to think Pelini was a bad fit for your program but I now realize he is a perfect reflection of the fan base. I will never look at Nebraska fans the same way again. I am astonished at the level of attacks on the Big 12, referees, A&M, people from Texas, etc. coming from what are supposed to be the classiest fans in the country.”

      This is a combination of the Dicto Simpliciter and Argumentum ad Hominem logic fallacies. You are essentially saying that Bo Pelini is a bad person and because some Husker fans have “attacked” the Big 12, referees, A&M and the people of Texas, their actions are indicative of the whole.

      “I am astonished at the level of attacks on the Big 12, referees, [A&M], people from Texas, etc. coming from what are supposed to be the classiest fans in the country.”

      I would invite you to read, Big 12ers May Never Understand Husker Fans to better understand why Husker fans have reacted so strongly to the officiating and Big 12 Commissioner this year.

      “Oh and this article is nothing short of hilarious. I’m surprised it’s getting so many serious responses. sciatic nerve…LOL”

      I personally suffered damage to my sciatic nerve while in the military and am very familiar with where it is and how easily it can be damaged. I am always looking for a “doubter” that is willing to go into a mixed martial arts gym to put a recreation of the “pinch” on video for publication here. Of course, I would first need you to sign some wavers, just in case you end up like me.

  118. By The Ghost of Spalding Smails' Booger, December 8, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

    Wait. This was a serious article?

    Look, I understand that you get really excited to quote bylaws and italicize Latin phrases, but you really need to ditch the soapbox.

    Frankly, your interpretation of the rules is embarrassing. It’s so glaringly bad that I can’t tell whether you’re intentionally being dishonest or just in over your head.

    Rule 12.3.1 simply states that “verbal or physical abuse” is a violation of Rule 12.3 “requiring action[] by the Commissioner . . . .” Should trash talking qualify? What about in-game insults? Or how about berating fans during a post-game celebration and attempting to break the video camera that recorded it? My point is that there are countless things in each football game that could qualify – which brings me to point 2.

    All Rule 12.3 says is that such conduct requires “action” by the Commissioner. But what is the definition of action? It doesn’t really matter because, as you so eloquently cited, the Commissioner is the ultimate interpreter of the Rules. Beebe could have determined that “action” meant adding the YouTube video to his favorites and forwarding to all of his friends. It doesn’t matter. It’s his call.

    Moreover, contrary to your suggestions, there is no mandatory suspension for a violation of Rule 12.3. In fact, Rule 12.4.1 clearly anticipates that the Commissioner has discretion to refuse to issue any penalty – even if he concludes a violation has occurred. Beebe only has to issue a report if he concludes that a violation occurred. Did he issue a report here? No report, no violation, no soup for you.

    Finally, you seem to imply that this is somehow a “Major” NCAA infraction that requires self-reporting. I’m fairly certain that the NCAA rules clearly define the scope of the conduct that qualifies as a “Major” violation.

    Look, I think your article is funny. I’ve forwarded it to my friends. They all laughed too. Just stand down and realize that you’re fueled by passion rather than reason.

    Or don’t. Because it will be funny as hell.

    • By Bubbleboy, December 10, 2010 @ 9:27 am


      I’m not quite sure where you’re from Booger, my guess is Texas, but you should have probably done a bit more research about this subject before challenging Okelberry here. While I don’t know him personally, I do remember when he was on the radio here in Utah and I occasionally check this site for new submissions since he left KVNU. I have seen him systematically rip his opponents apart. I remember one time when he had some guy that worked for Rocky Anderson, (SLC ex-mayor that protested Bush) stuttering like a scared little kid on the radio in an argument about abortion. I personally would be very surprised if his take on this whole Big 12 thing isn’t right on and eventually leads to a corruption investigation by the feds. It’s times like this when it’s good to be in the WAC and not part of some Mega-Conference that puts politics before sportsmanship. I’m personally proud that our AG has files suit against the BCS. Now it seems the corruption among BCS Conferences might be more widespread than first thought.

      Now you can pretend that you and your friends are sitting around rolling in laughter over Okelberry’s article (just as you pretended to think it was meant to be satire, LIAR!) but from what I just read in his response below, you just got your ass handed to you.

  119. By Richard Okelberry, December 9, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

    This is one of the best posts that I have had on this subject so far as it illustrates perfectly the divide between Nebraska fans and many other fans in the Big 12 that I wrote about in the essay, Big 12ers May Never Understand Husker Fans.

    While many Nebraska fans seem to have the concepts of fair play woven into the fabric of who they are, far to many fans (like Ghost here) throughout much of the Big 12 are apparently all too willing to accept corruption as an ally in support of an increasing “win at any cost” attitude. Rather than having their efforts being driven by justice, they seem instead to be consumed with dogmatic tribalism.

    Let’s set aside Ghost’s efforts here to further his argument with insults and instead focus first on the fact that he lacks a basic understanding of the rules that govern college football.

    He begins by citing Big IV Rule 12.3.1 which prohibits the physical abuse of an opponent. He then shows his ignorance of both NCAA and Big 12 rules by asking the questions, “Should trash talking qualify? What about in-game insults?” Now if Ghost had a basic understanding of NCAA rules he would have known that both of these are covered in the NCAA handbook under Rule 9 “Conduct of Players and Others Subject to the Rules.”

    “No player, substitute, coach or other person subject to the rules shall use abusive, threatening or obscene language or gestures, or engage in such acts that provoke ill will or are demeaning to an opponent, to
    game officials or to the image of the game, including but not limited to:

    (a) Pointing the finger(s), hand(s), arm(s) or ball at an opponent, or imitating the slashing of the throat.
    (b) Taunting, baiting or ridiculing an opponent verbally.

    Etc…” – NCAA RULE 9-2.1.a.1

    The penalty for this is;

    “Dead-ball foul or live-ball foul treated as dead-ball foul. 15 yards [S7 and S27] from the succeeding spot. Flagrant offenders, if players or substitutes, shall be disqualified [S47]. If a player or an identified squad member in uniform commits two unsportsmanlike fouls in the same game, he shall be disqualified.” – NCAA Rule 9-2

    This foul rarely becomes “flagrant” unless a player continues to violate the rule. Under NCAA Rule 9-6 it is NOT reviewable post game unless it is “flagrant.” If it is not reviewable post game then there can be no post game sanction. Of course, if it were shown that such a flagrant violation of this rule was committed by a player that was not called during the game then YES, the Commissioner would be REQUIRED under Big VII rules to review it and hand out the appropriate sanction.

    He then goes onto try and build a Straw Man argument by referencing Carl Pelini’s post game antics, “Or how about berating fans during a post-game celebration and attempting to break the video camera that recorded it?” Of course this only continues to show Ghost’s ignorance as the NCAA handbook (Rule 11) clearly states that NCAA regulations in this case are only enforceable from one hour prior to the game and up to the end of the game. While Carl Pelini certainly was still subject to Big 12 rules at the moment, his actions could not be considered a violation of NCAA rules the way that Jerrod-Eddies actions were. He is essentially comparing apples to oranges here as any discussion about an appropriate sanction for Carl Pelini would be an entirely different discussion.

    What I find most interesting about Ghost’s post is the fact that he is willing to take a very extreme interpretation of Big 12 rules in an attempt to justify his position.

    “All Rule 12.3 says is that such conduct requires “action” by the Commissioner. But what is the definition of action? It doesn’t really matter because, as you so eloquently cited, the Commissioner is the ultimate interpreter of the Rules. Beebe could have determined that “action” meant adding the YouTube video to his favorites and forwarding to all of his friends. It doesn’t matter. It’s his call.”

    Does this remind anyone else of when Bill Clinton argued, “it depends on what your definition of IS , is?” He is basically saying here that the Big 12 Commissioner is above the law and can make any decision he wants regardless of how outside the NCAA and Big 12 rules his decision may be. This is a very extreme notion and only illustrates to the greatest extent what degree some will go to justify their cause. According to Ghost, even if the Commissioner were to admit to being bribed by A&M boosters to look the other way in the Jerod Eddie incident, the Commissioner’s decision would be without reproach and would not constitute corruption.

    What a crazy world that Ghost must live in where everything is so subjective and there is no true “rule-of-law” or standard interpretation of the rules. Of course once again, Ghost failed to do even the slightest investigation of the rules. If he had he would have found this in the Big 12 bylaws…

    Conference Compliance. In the conduct of their athletics programs, the Member Institutions of the Conference are fully committed to compliance with the rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) and the Conference. Each Member Institution accepts the primary responsibility for the administration of rules and regulations, for investigating known or alleged violations at that institution, and for taking prompt and effective corrective actions where violations have occurred. To assist the Member Institutions in their efforts to administer and enforce rules and regulations, the Conference, through its Commissioner, shall provide on a regular basis, information and instructions to institutional personnel, and shall maintain a clearly defined procedure for investigating departures from the NCAA rules by Member Institutions.” Big 12 bylaw (

    Notice here that the Big 12 bylaws say nothing about the Commissioner being able to just make things up as he goes along. He is compelled to enforce generally accepted standards and interpretations of NCAA rules. In the cases of A.J. Klein and Jerod-Eddie, while both flagrant fouls may have only received a 15 yard penalty without expulsion on the field, once the game had ended there is truly no other recourse when enforcing the spirit of the rules other than a prescribed one game suspension. While the Commissioner may have determined that in each case there were extenuating circumstance and thus prescribed a different sanction, he is only allowed to do so upon outlining those mitigating circumstances in a written opinion that could be included in future versions of the rules interpretations. (Please, don’t make me go into the rules regarding the dissemination of rules interpretations to member institutions.)

    Of course Ghosts final defense is the most telling, “Beebe only has to issue a report if he concludes that a violation occurred. Did he issue a report here? No report, no violation, no soup for you.” The irony here is that it is the very failure of Beebe to issue a report and sanction that shows his corruption. With the exception of Beebe, our friend Ghost here and a few other dogmatic tribalists, NONE (not even Coach Sherman of A&M) agrees that there was NO VIOLATION. Anyone who can look at the video of Jerod-Eddie and conclude as Commissioner Beebe did, the he was just “going for the football” is either off their rocker or corrupted to the core.

    Here is what one correspondent for ESPN who makes a living by knowing the rules of the game said on the subject prior to Beebe exonerating Jerod-Eddie.

    “Jerod-Eddie should be suspended for this week’s game against Texas. Preferably the suspension would be delivered by A&M, but if the school doesn’t have the, um, stones to do it, let Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe step in.” – Pat Forde, ESPN”

  120. By The Ghost of SSB, December 30, 2010 @ 2:30 am

    Did you ever play football? Do you honestly believe that trash talk and verbal taunts don’t occur on every single play?

    And again, your inability to comprehend the rules is frightening. The NCAA rule 9-6 requires a conference commissioner to investigate in two scenarios: when player is disqualified and when there is a personal foul for targeting but no disqualification. If no foul was called the commissioner “may” impose a sanction.

    And again, under Big 12 rules, the Commissioner only has to issue a report if he determines that there was a violation. It’s black and white.

    Finally, the Big 12 Bylaws provision you quoted says nothing about the Commissioner being required to enforce NCAA rules. Rather, it says that he shall “provide on a regular basis, information and instructions to institutional personnel, and shall maintain a clearly defined procedure for investigating departures from the NCAA rules by Member Institutions.” if there is more to the bylaw, then please quote it.

    Now the commissioner is required to enforce Big 12 sportsmanship rules, but we have already covered that above.

    I admire your passion. But from now on, you should probably avoid the deep end if there is no adult supervision.

    And keep your chin up – at least you’re not playing in the TicketCity Bowl.

  121. By Richard Okelberry, December 30, 2010 @ 10:37 am

    “Do you honestly believe that trash talk and verbal taunts don’t occur on every single play?”

    Yeah, we already covered this excuse at length. I’ve called it the “boys will be boys” excuse because it is the exact same reasoning that people used to use when frat guys would get a “little too carried away” with a young sorority girl at a party. The reality is that we are a society of laws and rules. The expectation is that those rules will be followed and enforced. Now if you believe the rules against verbal and physical abuse of other players are unjust or frivolous then make your case, but please don’t sit there and expect the rest of society to buy into the lame argument that just because something is a semi-common occurrence that the rules against it should not be enforced. Also, your attempts at comparing the Jerod-Eddie and Klein incidents to mere trash talking or verbal taunts is nothing more than an obvious Straw man.

    “And again, your inability to comprehend the rules is frightening. The NCAA rule 9-6 requires a conference commissioner to investigate in two scenarios: when player is disqualified and when there is a personal foul for targeting but no disqualification. If no foul was called the commissioner “may” impose a sanction.”

    How completely IRONIC that you would begin this statement with, “your inability to comprehend the rules is frightening.” First, you are incorrect! There are THREE not two scenarios when the commissioner must become involved. (Of course this is if we ignore Big 12 rule requirements and only rely on NCAA rules.) In Section 5, Article 3 it also states that, “The referee will notify (in writing) his assigning agency of all disqualifications for fighting. The assigning agency becomes responsible for implementation of the penalty.” The assigning agency in this case is the Big 12.

    Also you are attempting to rest you entire argument on the idea that Article 3 can only be invoked if Article one or two test positive. Of course this is a semantic argument that negates the fact that if this were true, Article 3 would not be a separate article at all but would have been included as a sub section (a) of Articles 1 & 2. You see the problem with relying entirely on semantics to make a point is, you better be damn sure that you have your semantic argument straight. You don’t!

    Furthermore, I would like you to show me anywhere in Section 6 Articles 1, 2 or 3 that it even mentions the conference commissioner directly. It doesn’t! This means that we must fall back to conference rules to determine the governing authority and enforcement procedure. These I have already outline to show that the commissioner did have a fidiciary responsibility to review these cases and enforce a penalty. This would be true even if it were not clearly outlines as I will describe shortly.

    Finally, your argument that the commissioner “may” impose sanctions is completely ridiculous. The word “may” is regularly used in the crafting of civil and criminal laws around the country when describing the duties of a judge to impose a sentence upon discovery of guilt. Of course none in the legal world would ever be stupid enough to argue that the term is intended to be interpreted as a possible out for a judge refusing to impose the proper penalty or enforce the law. Can you imagine if a man raped a little girl with the evidence being obvious and damning and having the judge impose no penalty then citing the fact that the law said he “may” impose a term of 25 years to life. You see in legal terms the word “may” is term that grants authority. It is not a word that is used to imply a discretionary option but is one that is used to “allow” for an appropriate sanction. In this case it means that the Commissioner would not be in violation of NCAA rules if he imposed a sanction for the offense. Regardless, your argument neglects to take into account that Big 12 rules give no such wiggle room and REQUIRES the commissioner to impose the appropriate penalty. Ultimately, the question in the cases of Jerod-Eddie and A.J. Klein that we must ask is; was a “no penalty” the proper response by their respective schools and the commissioner for the violation?

    I would like to ask you a simple question Mr. Ghost.

    Is it your belief after watching the Jerod-Eddie incident on video that the Big 12 Commissioner was correct in describing Jerod-Eddies actions as him merely “going for the football?”

    If your answer is no, then it implies that you agree with me that the rules in this case were not properly enforced which re-enforces my position that the Commissioner is either corrupt or inept.

    “Finally, the Big 12 Bylaws provision you quoted says nothing about the Commissioner being required to enforce NCAA rules.”

    You know, I am beginning to think that you may have taken too many hits to the helmet.

    Read the Bylaws carefully again and you will discover that the Commissioner is part and parcel to the responsibility of member institutions in, “the administration of rules and regulations, for investigating known or alleged violations at that institution, and for taking prompt and effective corrective actions where violations have occurred.” What in the world do you think a Commissioner does? The first and primary role of any Commissioner for any sport or organization is by definition to enforce the rules. It is not his job to ignore the rules at his convenience.

    com•mis•sion•er –noun, 3. an official chosen by an athletic association to exercise broad administrative or judicial authority.

    So you know, “judicial authority” means to enforce the laws or rules.

    Now, just for a brief moment, lets play like what you suggest is correct and the Big 12 Commissioner rather than enforcing the rules may, because of a loophole in the Big 12 Bylaws, and for whatever reason he sees fit, decides to not enforce the rules as he did in the Jerod-Eddie case. What does that say about the Big 12 Conference rules in general? If the rules need not be enforced at the whim of the Commissioner then it means the entire Big 12 Conference is guilty committing fraud against the viewing public as the outcome of the contests are not always determined by adherence to the rules but may be influenced by politics or backroom deal making.

    You see, just as game show producers must ensure for the viewing public that the contests they are presenting are fair and not “rigged” and that the rules of the contest are being enforced the Big 12 has a legal responsibility to ensure to the public that the rules of the contest being presented are likewise being enforced. If you are correct in saying that the Commissioner has a loophole where he can allow violations of the rules to go without sanction, then the viewing public looses any assurance that the contests they are viewing are on the up and up putting the Big 12 Conference as a whole in violation of federal statute. (I would invite you to review the Harris Commission investigation and the 1960 Amendments to the Communications Act of 1934.) Ultimately, if what you are saying is true then the Big 12 Conference by allowing such a loophole has instituted a level of corruption that likely rises to the level of a federal crime. Is that what you are saying, Ghost?

    Ultimately you are basing your entire argument on an amoral position. In your quest to find a technical “out” for the Big 12 Commissioner you have completely failed to address the issue of what is right and what is wrong. The very application of rules in college football is designed to make that distinction. You have argued instead that it is somehow right or correct to not enforce the rules that are designed to ensure fair play and the highest levels of sportsmanship.

    BTW: When swimming here in the deep end with the grownups, you may want to consider taking off that dinged up helmet first; it will help you keep from sinking straight to the bottom of the pool.

  122. By The Ghost of SSB, December 30, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

    (1) Surely you understand that the Commissioner, like game officials, must use discretion when applying and enforcing the rules, don’t you? If officials called every de minimis taunt, hold, etc., the game would be unwatchable and unplayable.

    (2) And I certainly don’t see you denouncing the Commissioner’s use of discretion with respect to the Pelini brothers’ post game antics. You know, Bo’s comments about the officiating:“They scored nine, but we held them to six,” and Carl’s assault on a camera man (video, photos).

    I mean, Big 12 rules are clear, on this aren’t they?

    12.3.1 Verbal or Physical Abuse. Prior to, during and after a contest, coaches, student athletes, and members of the athletics department staff and spirit squads are prohibited from committing verbal or physical abusive acts toward game officials or an opponent’s team members, coaching staff, institutional personnel or fans.

    12.3.2 Comments about Officiating. Coaches, student-athletes, and members of the athletics department staff are prohibited from making any public comment regarding the game officials or the officiating at any contest. The public airing of officiating matters, whether directly or indirectly, during or after a game, verbally or by use of video, on or off the record, is prohibited.”

    I thought “we are a society of laws and rules” and the “expectation is that those rules will be followed and enforced.” Or does that not work both ways? Did Nebraska self-report these instances to the Commissioner? And where’s the Commissioner’s report? More importantly, where’s your soap box on this one?

    You see, unlike you, I don’t a problem with how the Commissioner handled any of the incidents. He is paid to make decisions and use his discretion. And the Big 12 rules provide for it (more on this later, unfortunately).

    (3) Now back to rules interpretation . . . this isn’t rocket science.

    According to the Big 12 Bylaws, “[e]ach Member Institution accepts the primary responsibility for the administration of [Big 12 and NCAA] rules and regulations, for investigating known or alleged violations at that institution, and for taking prompt and corrective actions where violations have occurred.”

    The Commissioner’s job is to “assist the Member Institutions” in these endeavors.

    NCAA Rule 9-6:

    Foul Not Called
    ARTICLE 3. If subsequent review of a game by a conference reveals plays involving flagrant personal fouls that game officials did not call, the conference may impose sanctions prior to the next scheduled game. (emphasis added)

    This is a conditional sentence. It’s black and white. There is no ambiguity. It plainly states that if a flagrant personal foul was called, Article 3 does not apply to that play.

    And your claim about the use of the word “may” could not be more inaccurate. Please note that the NCAA rules use the terms “shall” and “may.” In statutory drafting, “shall” usually imposes a duty to act on the subject of the sentence. In contrast, “may” means that subject has discretion or is permitted to act. See Bryan A. Garner, Handling Words of Authority, in Garner on Language and Writing 174-76, 178 (2009).

    So let’s look back at 9-6 again. Article 1 imposes a duty on the team’s conference to conduct a review if there is a disqualification. Article 2 imposes a duty on the conference to review if there is a targeting foul but no disqualification. But article 3 does not impose any duty. It simply states that the conference has the discretion or authority to impose sanctions if it uncovers a flagrant personal foul that was not called.

    And now we are back to the Commissioner’s authority [under Big 12 rules] to issue are report and sanctions.

    12.4.1 Report of Commissioner. After the Commissioner becomes aware of a possible violation of these rules, he/she or a designated Conference staff member will gather all information available for review of the matter. If the Commissioner concludes that a violation occurred, a report will be provided to the athletics director(s) of the institution(s) involved which will set forth the Commissioner’s findings and penalty, if any, to be imposed.” (emphasis added)

    So the Commissioner determines whether he thinks there was a flagrant foul. If he does, he sends a report. If he doesn’t, there is no obligation to issue any report. And even if he determines that there was a flagrant foul, the phrase “if any” plainly shows that he still has the discretion to determine that a penalty is unnecessary.

    (4) Do you even know what a fiduciary duty is? Do you know the circumstances that create a fiduciary duty? Is the term fiduciary even mentioned in the Big 12 bylaws? (No.) And even if Beebe owed a fiduciary duty, (which he doesn’t) your remedy is a civil suit.

    (5) Your statement about the Communications Act of 1934 (as amended) is just laughable. Seriously, where do you come up with this stuff? The Act does not cover athletic events, talent contests, or beauty pageants.

    (5) Finally, I’d like to introduce you to my friend Relevance. You see, Relevance will help you avoid making stupid points that really have no bearing on the issue at hand. Consider for example, your glorious diatribe on Section 9-5’s suspension authority. Why was it not relevant?

    First, I expressly limited my statement to NCAA rule 9-6. Second, the issue was the Commissioner’s duty to investigate, not “get involved” (yeah, I saw what you did there). Third, IT DOES NOT MATTER – no player was disqualified for fighting.

    Well, has been fun. I will stay tuned for your next batshit crazy assault on reason and reality.

  123. By The Ghost of SSB, December 30, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

    Also, I’m glad you brought up legality vs. morality on this one. For the sake of simplicity, I will address NCAA and Big 12 rules as “laws” even though they are really private contract rights.

    The problem, and I think your major disconnect on the issue, is that you intertwine your moral and legal arguments. But legality and morality are distinct concepts. Moral appeals focus on what a law or punishment should be; whereas legal appeals focus on what the law actually requires.

    While it is true that a society’s morals can often serve as a partial basis for many of its legal principles, there are many other amoral considerations as well.

    Take Nebraska for example. You guys likely breached your contract with the remainder of the Big 12. Is it morally wrong to fail to make good on a promise? Sure. But the law provides that someone always has the right to breach a contract – you just have to pay the damages. So, when ascertaining whether Nebraska breached, the only questions are (1) whether it violated the terms of its agreement, and (2) if so, whether there was a legal justification. Asking whether it was morally “right” or “wrong” is irrelevant.

    Look, I freely admit that I have never argued from a standpoint of morality on this issue. I’m not endorsing Jerrod-Eddie’s conduct. I don’t even like Beebe. I’m simply telling you that there was no reporting or enforcement violation under the applicable conference and NCAA rules. Why? Because my personal feelings about whether their conduct was “right” or “wrong” are irrelevant to the question of whether there was a violation.

    You on the other hand, have extolled the virtues and integrity of Nebraska and chastised my “amoral” application of the law. By your own words, you are arguing from the standpoint of what is morally “right” and “wrong.”

    And to be clear, I have no problem with your moral objections. Scream from the mountain top that the NCAA and Big 12 rules should be changed. Frankly, it’s refreshing to know that you don’t recognize the national championship that Lawrence Phillips won for you.

    But don’t fabricate some half-assed “legal” argument to justify your moral sense of what is “right” and “wrong.”