Much was made after Virginia Tech complained about what it considered to be illegal blocks made by Georgia Tech in its 28-23 victory last season. The two teams will meet again on Nov. 4 in Blacksburg.
Hokies safety Kam Chancellor said that he was blocked several times below the waist down the field, which is illegal. Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer called one of the blocks dangerous. Tech coach Paul Johnson called the complaints a joke.
The Yellow Jackets weren’t contacted by the league office in the week after the win, which is customary for any team if it is doing something that is consistently against the rules. However, it was revealed later that of the 11 blocks the Hokies sent to the league office for review, four were deemed illegal by ACC supervisor of officials Doug Rhoads. Georgia Tech sent 12 plays where defensive players were held. The ACC said six penalties should have been called.
There were a few rules clarifications made during the offseason that were supposed to help the referees deal with crack-backs, a block in a which an offensive player blocks a defenseless defensive player down the field that can be done legally, and chop blocks, which are illegal.
This season, Georgia Tech has been called for two chop blocks.
Virginia Tech associate head coach Billy Hite said on Wednesday that he hasn’t heard any of the the Hokies’ defensive coaches discussing Tech’s blocking strategies the past few days.
I inferred that means that there are no concerns.