Suspension possible for Bama player for hit on Georgia QB Aaron Murray

ATHENS — Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity confirmed Monday the Bulldogs have asked the SEC to review the legality of a hit on Aaron Murray that required him to be helped off the field shortly before halftime in the SEC Championship game. But they need not have bothered; the league office is already looking into it.

Alabama defensive lineman Quinton Dial hit Murray with a above-the-shoulder, helmet-to-helmet strike after Murray threw an interception at the 1:15 mark of the second quarter. Crimson Tide defensive back Ha-Sean Clinton-Dix was in the midst of a 35-yard return when the 304-pound Dial left his feet and made contact with the side of Murray’s helmet toward the end of the play. Murray was out of the play and not in position to make the tackle.

McGarity said he was “stunned” when he saw the replay of the Dial’s hit — he missed it during live-game-action — and immediately moved to make sure the play was going to be reviewed.

“I actually didn’t see the hit until I saw it on YouTube (Sunday),” McGarity said of SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. “It is definitely a play we will submit for review, but I’m sure that’s already being done. “I’m anxious to see what (SEC Commissioner Mike Slive) says about it.”

Steve Shaw, the SEC’s coordinator of officials, has already reviewed the play and determined that Saturday’s referees “missed the call.”

“By rule, you can’t hit a defenseless player above the shoulders,” Shaw told The Birmingham News. “What the determination needs to be is was this a defenseless player and was contact initiated above the shoulders? When we go through video review of it, that’s what we’ll have to determine. And then you as you break it down, did he lead with the head or lead with the shoulder? From game action, it was a personal foul regardless of how we break it down frame by frame.”

That would not have changed the ultimate outcome of the play. Alabama would have retained possession as the personal foul would have occurred well after the interception. But it would have backed it up 15 yards from the point of contact, which was near midfield.

Above-the-shoulders hits and “targeting” defenseless players have been a point of emphasis for the SEC this season and for all of football as the dangers of concussions have become better known. Slive suspended two players — Ole Miss defensive back Trae Elston and South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger –  for one game each for such hits earlier this season. Dial will face the same fate, and the Crimson Tide’s next game is the BCS national championship.

NCAA rules mandate that conference offices review any flagrant personal foul or targeting for possible future punishment, whether a penalty was called on the field or not.

“We do want to stand up for our players when they are in serious danger of being injured,” McGarity said. “This is a case where it could have had serious implications on Aaron, not only in that game but in future games.”

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BombasticBammerHammer

December 3rd, 2012
2:53 pm

I winder if the Georgia A.D. wants the player suspended for their bowl game that hit A.J. ? Or the guy who poked a Bama player in the EYE ?

Truth is without the refs this would have been a 14 to 17 point victory.

Laceys fumble was a TD.pics SHOW IT
The B.S. topped ball was B.S. and changed the score by 10-14 points.
The interception was NEVER proved to have hit the ground ,no visual evidence showed the ball hitting the ground.

364 yards rushing……

crimson 1

December 3rd, 2012
2:53 pm

Tell your quarterback to not throw interceptions and stop running into guys two times bigger then him. He’s lucky to have his head on his shoulders. Dial is not a dirty player. He was just the bigger, stronger player.

Georgia

December 3rd, 2012
3:04 pm

bama got very lucky to win this. both of you crawl back to your train station garbage cans in alabama

RJ

December 3rd, 2012
3:04 pm

Maybe Greg McGarity should worry about his own players actions
http://i.minus.com/iVPYeZpMNeU1p.gif

GAFANINTN

December 3rd, 2012
3:07 pm

Oh yeah, he ‘ran’ into him. Right…Right.. That was blatant and it was missed by the ref who was standing within 10 yards of the play. Did it change the direction of the game by not being called….it could have. 1st and 10 at the 45 is a lot different than 1st and goal and kicking a field goal. But not calling it should have the referee suspended at the very least.

owi

December 3rd, 2012
3:08 pm

WE GONNA GET A REMATCH?????????/

GAFANINTN

December 3rd, 2012
3:10 pm

RJ…that was dirty as well. I didn’t see that but it was dirty.

TampaRTR

December 3rd, 2012
3:11 pm

I guess the entire Bama line will also be suspended because they hit too hard. Oh well…congrats ND. You win because Bama can’t field a team.

D.F. Spike #80, Alabama Recruit

December 3rd, 2012
3:12 pm

The best defense against the crimson tide, is a tampon.

Bammer

December 3rd, 2012
3:13 pm

Not in position to make the play? Even Buck Belue said Murray should know to keep his head on a swivel after a turnover. He was jogging towards the Bama player as if he was going to get involved in the tackle. But let’s not say anything about Ogletee’s hit on McCarron (Yes it was flagged) which WAS a cheap shot. Or this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze9FrbEBp9k

Georgia fans (and especially Chippy Towers) are the masters of whining when they lose.

Lucky?

December 3rd, 2012
3:14 pm

Actually, I thought UGA got lucky to be in the position to win this. The “imaginary tipped ball” is the only reason UGA had a shot to win. If Murray’s illegal hit was called Bama would’ve started from the 35 instead of the 50 and likely would’ve been in field goal range anyway. Yes, maybe a longer kick so maybe he would’ve missed but the kicker for Bama hasn’t missed one all season so the odds are against that argument. It was a great game but don’t say Bama was LUCKY to win it.

crimson 1

December 3rd, 2012
3:15 pm

You are what I thought you were, a bunch of mangy crying dawgs. When you have a interception return you put your head in a swivel motion or get knocked the f#$#k out. Old man football baby!

D.F. Spike #80, Alabama Recruit

December 3rd, 2012
3:15 pm

My man AJ McCryin is the best flopper, I mean passer, in the country.

RJ

December 3rd, 2012
3:15 pm

GAFANINTN — Yet no one from Bama is calling the SEC office asking it to be reviewed.

manateedawg

December 3rd, 2012
3:16 pm

If AU has issues with the actions of any UGA players, then they have the same rights AND responsibilities to pursue them further… just as UGA has! Let’s see if AU feels the same way their low-life, obnoxious fans above do! It was a cheap shot and classy winners would acknowledge it, not just take a “we are above reapproach” attitude! Your team beat our team, and for that I congratulate you and shall root for you to do the same against ND, but your fans who feel like those above deserve no respect whatsoever! Go Dawgs! Go Tide! Go SEC!!!

Dawg Fud

December 3rd, 2012
3:21 pm

Surprised Murray even got up. Dang. That kid is tough and if you ever doubted it watch that video about 5 times. Ouch.

GO DAWGS!

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GAFANINTN

December 3rd, 2012
3:27 pm

RJ…How do you know they aren’t??? Are you in the know about everything? McFloppin didn’t get the call until he got up and complained…then magically the flag came out…If it is a late hit, throw the flag right then. Ogletree’s was a late hit and the flag should have been thrown immediately but b/c it was after McFloppin complained…I have problems with that.

Is the dawgs starting lineup still in the Athens jail?

December 3rd, 2012
3:28 pm

Georgia has the dirtiest thugs in college football ( when is it legal to throw a runner on his head or poke a player in the eye?). They have the nerve to be self righteous over this hit? Everyone knows that Mark Richt’s Christianity is just a veneer he wears to lure recruit’s parents. He and the entire Bulldog team are hypocrites! (And so are the bunch of weasel Obama voting fans who want the win given to them rather than earning it on the field). Bunch of scum!

crimson 1

December 3rd, 2012
3:31 pm

You bunch of wussies. That is why I don’t pull for Georgia in bowl games. You can’t beat us on the field so let us protest a borderline hit and get our second string nose tackle out of the championship game. Sore losers!

Crab Island Dawg

December 3rd, 2012
3:31 pm

A bomb must of gone off in bammer hammer’s head. It was a flagrant foul which was not necessary in one of the greatest football games ever.

Steve

December 3rd, 2012
3:32 pm

I completely agree with manateedawg. The officiating will never change the outcome of a game. The outcome of the game would have been different if UGA could have stopped Alabama’s running game, or the big play. That’s where the game is won or lost. BUT, the shot Murray took was a cheap shot. It was completely uncalled for, and because it was not even flagged on the field makes it all the worse. I did see the poke to the eye, and was disappointed with that. I also saw the shot that Ogletree put on McCarron. He was penalized for it, and probably should have been; but I do think it was momentum that carried him into the QB. I can say this for a fact ~ the difference between the two plays that QBs got hit is night and day. And for the flag not to be thrown against Bama is nothing more than insane!

Bammer

December 3rd, 2012
3:32 pm

Wasn’t just a late hit from Ogletree he went helmet to helmet on AJ. And I suppose Dawson poking Milliner in the eyes you don’t have a problem with that either. Losers are the ones who whine and cry…and I see that Georgia University (that’s for you manateedawg) seems to do that more than any other fanbase.

Zebra

December 3rd, 2012
3:33 pm

Bama has been a low-class cheap-shot outfit since Bear Bryant got there. Poisoning trees, teabagging other fans. it is par for the course.

GIVE ME A BREAK

December 3rd, 2012
3:33 pm

I think that it was a cheap shot. But it’s funny hearing UGA complain about this but it was ok for Ogletree to pick Godhigh up and body slam him. It seems that what goes around comes around.

Dawg_Mike

December 3rd, 2012
3:34 pm

He deserves to be suspended. Get over yourselves. you won the game. congratulations.

dawgjohn

December 3rd, 2012
3:34 pm

Crimson1. Your Coach has class. Try it out and see if it fits! What a pathetic joke you are.

keniboy

December 3rd, 2012
3:35 pm

i’ll be darned if bama fans aren’t as red-necked and moronic as ours…blatant hit, personal foul. now uga slings guys to the ground, also unsportmanlike.

Bammer

December 3rd, 2012
3:35 pm

So does Ogletree. Get over yourself Enjoy Orlando.

William N.

December 3rd, 2012
3:35 pm

More of a whiny fan base whining about their QB being hit.. Pick a game every year that Ga loses and it’ll become the “those thugs hit our QB unfairly” game. New Ga uniforms will be on display next year- Fancy new pink and black tops with matching skirt accompanied by a shiny new purse

GIVE ME A BREAK

December 3rd, 2012
3:36 pm

GT has a history with Alabama’s cheap shots. Bryant was of low character.

King Here-Chuck Oliver

December 3rd, 2012
3:36 pm

I guess McGarity is not that busy that he has to submit hits to the SEC. I guess he is also going to submit the hit from Ogaltree on the bama qb. You are a baby because your team CHOKED. I will whip CMR a$$ if he ever disrepects me again.

Bammer

December 3rd, 2012
3:37 pm

Does GT still play football? Interesting…

gary

December 3rd, 2012
3:37 pm

How about post the video of the UGA eye gouger…. I’ve linked it below.

http://i.minus.com/iVPYeZpMNeU1p.gif

keniboy

December 3rd, 2012
3:38 pm

don’t suspend him, bama needs to beat nd, but please don’t do it against nd, it was a bad hit. unwarranted. from a uga fan

Tom

December 3rd, 2012
3:38 pm

Spot on, William. Can we send the “dwags” to the ACC where these complaints will be listened to. Mizzou was right, GA is soft- at least the fans are.

Ghost

December 3rd, 2012
3:38 pm

Bombastic, Your Alabama education is rearing its ugly head.

Zebra

December 3rd, 2012
3:38 pm

Remember, everything is ok if you are a tree-killa.

King Here-Chuck Oliver

December 3rd, 2012
3:39 pm

Hey Zebra, I thougth you loved being TEA BAGGED?

dawgjohn

December 3rd, 2012
3:39 pm

Crimson1…….We have beat the mighty Tide 3 of the last 5 times we have played you. I suspect that covers your life span.

gary

December 3rd, 2012
3:39 pm

Link to UGA eye gouger… Talk about no CLASS

http://i.minus.com/iVPYeZpMNeU1p.gif

GIVE ME A BREAK

December 3rd, 2012
3:39 pm

Zebra

December 3rd, 2012
3:40 pm

King Here-Chuck Oliver, you thougth LSU fans did too.

King Here-Chuck Oliver

December 3rd, 2012
3:41 pm

Zebra, wait till tech fires Paul Johnson and then the Jackets will be tea bagging you buddy!!!!

dawgjohn

December 3rd, 2012
3:41 pm

Hey Bammer…..Act like you have won something before!

anything……….you…..not the team……….you

Bammer

December 3rd, 2012
3:41 pm

Hey!!! It only took Dawg-John about 48 hours to start trotting out the stats to make UGA fans feel better! Keep looking at your stats…I like looking at crystal instead.

King Here-Chuck Oliver

December 3rd, 2012
3:42 pm

KING HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

truebluebravesfan

December 3rd, 2012
3:42 pm

I dvr’d the game and I will say that the officiating was horrid on both teams perspectives……From Alabama’s line getting away with holding on almost every single play to ……(hands outside the shoulder pads)….to the blatant pass inteferences and defensive holding happening in the secondary (on both teams) they shoud fire that whole crew…..they let the game get out of control penalty wise…and it sure raised a lot of questions of the quality of SEC officials….(And yes I still want to know how that trailing back judge didn’t see the hit on Aaron Murray that occured less than 10 ft away from him…Is he Stevie wonder?)

Orlando Dawg

December 3rd, 2012
3:42 pm

OK, here’s the deal…If Alec Ogletrees’ hit on AJ was called, then this one sure as H*LL should have been called…refs gave Bama the edge and in a game like this, it counts! Big Time! those two plays are a 30 yard swing in Bama’s favor! Yes, it matters!

uga4eva

December 3rd, 2012
3:43 pm

THE CHEAP SHOT WAS TAKEN CAUSE BAMA WAS ABOUT TO GO DOWN !!!!
THE IRISH WILL KICK THERE ASS – THIS WILL BE THE 1st TIME I HAVE EVER PULL FOR OUT OF CONFERENCE TEAM !!!!!