No SEC suspension for Bama’s Quinton Dial for hit on Aaron Murray

ATHENS – If Quinton Dial is going to receive any discipline for his illegal hit on Aaron Murray in the SEC Championship game, it’s not going to come from the SEC office.

That was the word Friday as the SEC sent out a short news release stating that it had reviewed several plays from the Dec. 1 matchup between Georgia and Alabama and that it would be leaving punishments decisions to the respective schools. In addition to Dial’s hit on Murray at the end of a first-half interception, Georgia’s Sheldon Dawson appears on video to be trying to gouge the eyes of Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner at the end of a kickoff return. Also, Bulldogs’ linebacker Alec Ogletree was flagged during the game for a “targeting” hit on Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron.

“The Southeastern Conference has completed its review of video from the 2012 SEC Football Championship Game. Several plays involving both teams were reviewed. After review, all subsequent action will be handled internally by the two institutions and the conference office is satisfied with their actions.”

Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity declined comment but said he would include a statement when the school sends out its own news release later today.

SEC coordinator of officials Steve Shaw told a Birmingham radio station earlier today that both schools took disciplinary action. He told a Birmingham newspaper on Dec. 3 that officials missed calling Dial for a personal foul during the game. Shaw hasn’t returned messages seeking comment from the AJC.

The 304-pound Dial led with his head and left his feet to hit Murray, who was out of the play, in the helmet and shoulder pads after Murray threw an interception in the second quarter of Alabama’s 32-28 win.

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Land O' Lakes Dawg

December 14th, 2012
12:14 pm

Saban’s internal punishment will be a pat on the back and a start in the NC.

dawgcrzy

December 14th, 2012
12:17 pm

typical bama love

YoungDawg

December 14th, 2012
12:21 pm

What a joke! The SEC offices need to move out of Birmingham! No wonder Bama gets all the calls & favors like this. If CBS hadn’t showed the hit then this just like them holding on every freaking play would be swept under the rug.

Buck Strickland

December 14th, 2012
12:29 pm

I’m glad they didn’t suspend him and don’t think deserves to be.

Now as for the STINKIN BLIND A$$ REF THAT BLEW THE DAMN PENALTY THAT WAS RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIS FACE DURING THE STINKIN GAME – he should be the one suspended.

DCJohn

December 14th, 2012
12:29 pm

Why does the best conference in the country have the worst officiating?

AFDawg

December 14th, 2012
12:29 pm

We now know who runs the SEC — Saban and Bama. I heard there was a Bama person running the board — must have been true. The precedent was set earlier in the season with the suspension of the two other SEC players..If I were those two players — I would file suit right now. This is the last straw — putting winning the BCS ahead of player safety. I hope karma deals with Dial. After this, I’ll be pulling for ND.

marseilles mutt

December 14th, 2012
12:31 pm

Murray should pay more attention, and not throw the pick in the first place…and Dial shouldn’t be punished.

It appears he led with his shoulder, Murray was heading towards the runner, ball was still in play, and I didn’t hear Murray complain anyway.

It’s called football, not foozeball, and it ain’t supposed to be touch! Play on!

It was a great game and it is too bad we came up short. Great to have the extra practice and hope we use it wisely.

Go Dogs!

Carl Spackler

December 14th, 2012
12:31 pm

as my kids say….Shocker!

Loyal Dawg

December 14th, 2012
12:32 pm

Saban probably gave Quenton Dial a raise in pay.

Mayo

December 14th, 2012
12:33 pm

Just more “intrigue” added to THE most interesting game I’ve ever witnessed…

The Bear is gone

December 14th, 2012
12:33 pm

The SEC (And all it’s members except Vandy) don’t want a Bama player suspended. You dogs want to take your whippings and ride our coattails (and the coattails of Florida, LSU and even Auburn) by pretending that playing in the same conference as us, means you’re in the same league as us.
When Ga Tech is the 3rd best team on your regular season schedule you should move to the Ohio Valley Conference.

AFDawg

December 14th, 2012
12:38 pm

Chip, Please get the details on who this final decision came down to (names and backgrounds of board members). We would like to see where the corruption in the SEC is coming from. Never before have I seen a more clear case of a player deliberately trying to take our star QB out of the game by injuring him. Dial targeted the head and left his feet. It’s called cheating folks and now it’s being condoned by the league office. I have a friend who lives in California with no ties to the SEC and he is appalled by the whole incident. I’m so disgusted right now I could throw up. I guess it’s open season in the SEC next year. Dawgs, if the league isn’t going to protect your playmakers — then you had better. I hope Grantham is telling his boys to take notice.

Pat Dye

December 14th, 2012
12:40 pm

If you slow the video down, he led with his shoulder and did not leave his feet except after the hit. As a UGA alum, I don’t think dial should be suspended. QUIT YOUR BELLY ACHING!!!

Jeff

December 14th, 2012
12:41 pm

Agreed Buck — the worst part is the ref was about 10 feet away. I am sure he won’t be disciplined but he sure as heck should. What a pathetic, blindingly obvious call he didn’t make. I blame him more than I blame the Bama kid, cheap shots happen but right in front of a ref when there was supposed “emphasis” on QBs getting leveled on INT’s this year?!

AFDawg

December 14th, 2012
12:42 pm

marseilles mutt — quit being a pretender and watch the tape, obviously you didn’t. The Bear is gone — your post doesn’t even make any sense.

chilidawg

December 14th, 2012
12:42 pm

SEC playing favorites? Naaaaahhhhhhh!!!!

Nashville4UGA

December 14th, 2012
12:44 pm

it amazes me how many blind people there are from Alabama all of a sudden.
Pay Dye….REALLY? if you think he didn’t lead with his head you’re an idiot.

Half Century Dawg

December 14th, 2012
12:44 pm

I am confident that when Nick Saben gets through with punishing Mr Dial for his displaying a lack of discipline, Mr Dial will not do it again. It is a shame the officials missed the call, but they did and it is over with. Let’s move on and focus on Nebraska.

AFDawg

December 14th, 2012
12:46 pm

Pat Dye — we believe you’re a UGA alum about as much as we believe the earth has three moons. Face it — bama supporters want to play down the special attention their coach and team get on a regular basis. Winning isn’t supposed to be everything — playing with integrity and by the rules is supposed to be the goal. I guess Dial will fit right in with the NFL bounty hunters.

AFDawg

December 14th, 2012
12:49 pm

Half Century Dawg — you’re a pretender too. There’s a problem with your observation — the precedent had already been set with two otehr suspensions earlier in the season. If you’re going to comment, at least know all the facts before you do.

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life)

December 14th, 2012
12:51 pm

@ Pat Dye:

Is this the same Pat Dye that said UGA was not man enough to beat Bama a few years back???

Give it up Patrick. Your senility is getting worse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Half Century Dawg

December 14th, 2012
12:57 pm

AFDawg

December 14th, 2012
12:49 pm

Grow up son, your not the judge and jury that decides what all DAWG fans should think and say. Cheers

Orlando Dawg

December 14th, 2012
1:02 pm

@The Bear is gone….why don’t you go kill an Oak tree or expose yourself to an LSU fan…redneck loser

marseilles mutt

December 14th, 2012
1:05 pm

AFDawg

Yep, I did watch the tape, numerous times, as I am sure my team mate “Pat Dye” did, although I believe that is an AKA, or alias.

I am not only a UGA alum, but have 3 football letters to prove my affilliation, and trust me, I don’t miss any games and few plays.

There is a great difference between reality and perception where football is concerned, and the tube with slo-mo and the ability to isolate can create a lot of opinion and comment…especially by both broadcast commentators and the internet media.

If you run the shot at full speed, it’s my opinion that there was a player between the ref and Murray when the action occured, but again -as both a player and coach- I do not think the actual hit was illegal…however, that is just my opinion based on what I perceive to be the reality.

Now what Fairly did in the AU game a few years back, going for the knees AFTER the play was over is what I consider cause for immediate ejection.

Still, all in your point of view, I imagine.

MontyP

December 14th, 2012
1:09 pm

Dial was heading towards the action then turned and headed directly towards Murray. The crown of his helmet his Murray in the earhole on his helmet. It was clearly a “Targetting Hit.” Much more so than Ogletree’s hit on McCarron. At least McCarron was actually in possession of the ball a split sectond before he got hit. Doesn’t really matter! Didn’t have an impact on the outcome of the game. It had nothing to do with Murray’s wounded duck pass that was intercepted. That was the biggest play of the game! A 10-point swing in Alabama’s favor. The Georgia receiver was wide open 10 yards behind he defense. Not sure why Murray missed him so badly. I hope Alabama kills ND. Go Dawgs!

Rascaldawg

December 14th, 2012
1:19 pm

You would have to be BLIND to not see that it was helmet to helmet. ( I guess the ref was).The hit from Tree on AJ was minor; especially compared to this.
By the way, you think the SEC has a conflict of intere$t in making this decision?? $$$$$

AFDawg

December 14th, 2012
1:20 pm

marseilles mutt, If you have so much expereince — why can’t you see the play for what it was? Obviously you’re trying to “spin” the illegal hit. MontyP gives a much more accurate play-by-play than you do — he mst be an ex NFL player. Or maybe he’s actually John Madden or someone who actually can analyze a play objectively. Duiring the game all of the announcers were in agreement that it was a deliberate vicious hit with one purpose in mind — to knock out Murray. And of course that isn’t the real Pat Dye — geeeeesh!

Baddawg

December 14th, 2012
1:23 pm

Im sure it was an edict from Saban to take a cheap shot on Murray after the late shot on his cry baby QB from Ogletree.

AFDawg

December 14th, 2012
1:25 pm

Half Century Dawg — if only you really were a Dawg fan. You’ve given yourself away because there isn’t a single dawg fan anywhere in the world who thinks Saban’s “internal” punishment is sufficient. LOL

DP

December 14th, 2012
1:26 pm

“The 304-pound Dial led with his head and left his feet to hit Murray, who was out of the play”

There are 2 lies in that sentence Chip. Dial led with his shoulder, not his head, and Murray was not out of the play. I know you’re a Georgia homer, but don’t you think it’s time for you and Bradley and Schultz to get over the loss and write about something else?

DP

December 14th, 2012
1:28 pm

AFDawg, you’ve been watching the parade of late hits by Dawgs in the last few years and NOW you’re appalled? Get a life.

DP

December 14th, 2012
1:36 pm

Dawg fans, worry about whether or not your team can keep from embarrassing the SEC again by losing to a Big 10 team in the bowl game like you did last year.

Half Century Dawg

December 14th, 2012
1:40 pm

AFDawg

December 14th, 2012
1:25 pm
Wrong, like it or not there is at least one and that would be me. Hope you have a nice day. Cheers

AFDawg

December 14th, 2012
1:42 pm

DP — the late hits by the Dawgs have been nothing compared to the ones they’ve been on the receiving end of. I’m appallled because this was the year that the league was supposed to take action — and they did earlier with two deserved suspensions. Now, just because Bama is in the NCG they’re going to give a pass? Whatever happened to fairness and integrity? Face it, you just can’t deal with the negative press Bama is getting — and deservedly so. The full scale of NCAA, SEC, ESPN, etc., manipulation will be witnessed when the network doesn’t even mention it in the pre-game shows. Have you ever noticed when people don’t know how to address someone who is stating facts that they can’t rebuke they always say “get a life”. Deal with it for what it is — blatant hypocrisy.

wins-by-a-link

December 14th, 2012
1:48 pm

You have to wonder why the official who was looking directly at the play where Dial hit Murray did not call a penalty on Dial, This was a hit that appeared to be intended to take Murray out of the game, The only reason I can see that a penalty was not called is that the Official had an interest in seeing Bama win, I hope I’m wrong but I just don’t see any other reason for not calling a penalty on Dial.

Proud to be a Dawg

December 14th, 2012
1:51 pm

Bama was holding the whole game,even the last TD pass they were holding,refs were turninf heads all night.

uncle kirk

December 14th, 2012
1:52 pm

I think the play warranted a penalty….but not a suspension. If that is not leading with the head then the penalty on Ogletree should not have been called either. His shoulder contacted McCarron 1st

The REAL Phil

December 14th, 2012
2:00 pm

I agree with the people that say it is part of football. It was also a VERY cheap shot. It was a classless display from a classless led team. The penalty the AL QB called on his own when he was hit in his face mask was ridiculous. Any one who says this Dial clown didn’t lead with his head is either blind or a plain moron.

As I said, I think its just part of the game, fire the ref, no suspension deserved. HOWEVER, if you compare the hits that previously got SEC players suspended earlier in the year you will see that they were certainly not as cheap or dangerous as this one. I guess that’s what really ticks me off. He got preferential treatment because it is AL and the next game is the NC. Shouldn’t have been suspended based on the previous suspensions earlier in the year.

The REAL Phil

December 14th, 2012
2:02 pm

THE BEAR IS GONE :

The UA Schedule was no harder than the UGA schedule. Guess we will see you in the Ohio Valley Championship game next year.

Granthams The Man!

December 14th, 2012
2:15 pm

Here we go again! The SEC decided to let Nick Fairley do anything he wanted and they just let him get away with it. They didn’t call anything on Fairley either, until the game was decided. Then they went out of their way to protect the Alabama QB in the Iron Bowl, by giving NickFairley a fanton penalty for just standing on the field.

Now the SEC has suprized nobody by deciding that Alabama’s Dial also has the right to try and take Ga’s QB out of the game with the seasons most illegal hit.

Yes, we get the very loud and clear message. It’s open season on UGA’s Aaron Murray.

Go ahead, take you’re best shot, you have nothing to lose.

First they let Alabama hit our receivers early the whole game and they let their O-line hold and block in the back the whole game, not to mention the non call of the hit on Murray, and then this?

It’s about time UGA fan’s start asking, what does the SEC have against Georgia.

There is a consistent pattern developing here.

Is the dawgs starting lineup still in the Athens jail?

December 14th, 2012
2:20 pm

Now lets see if the hypocrite Richt takes the high road and suspends his 2 players. Don’t hold your breath. He is like Obama, point the finger but never take any responsibility!

georgiagirl

December 14th, 2012
2:21 pm

Same Bama shit
Mike Silva sleeping with Saban

DP

December 14th, 2012
2:25 pm

AFDawg, enjoy the Capitol One bowl and spend the next 20 years talking about how Georgia could have played for a national championship if only the refs hadn’t cheated them.

DP

December 14th, 2012
2:35 pm

Granthams the Man!, your time would be much better spent taking an adult literacy class than whining about the SEC conspiracies against your Dawgs.

Jarvis Jones gives Muschamp nightmares

December 14th, 2012
2:35 pm

Just to give an update to the Florida and Tech trolls on this board spreading their hate for Georgia: 42-10 and 17-9. Neither one of your teams could stop Todd Gurley. You lost, deal with it.

Jarvis Jones gives Muschamp nightmares

December 14th, 2012
2:39 pm

Georgia not getting that penalty called wasn’t going to win the game for us anyways. Dial should have been suspended and let’s face it, he’s not nearly as important to their team as Milliner or Jesse Williams, he doesn’t even start. He should have been suspended, but Dawson should be punished as well for going Brandon Spikes on the Bama player.

Timbo

December 14th, 2012
2:41 pm

No surprise here. The SEC is not going to hurt either team that represents the conference in bowl games. If SEC teams were playing each other than you might have seen a suspension.

squat

December 14th, 2012
2:41 pm

the bear is gone …and so is your mind…just another hillbilly giving us a bad name.

Delusional Georgia hater

December 14th, 2012
2:42 pm

OMG, I’m so happy Georgia lost! Now I can get on here every day and praise Bama for beating Georgia by four points, even though Bama isn’t even my team! Guys, I just hate Georgia so much that I feel the need to tell the Internet world about it.

LogicalUS

December 14th, 2012
2:42 pm

” the SEC have against Georgia.”

Bhahahahahah….geez they “hated” UGA so much that they gerryrigged their schedule with every possible advantage to walk them into the SECCG, but they secretly hate UGA? Right…the SEC office jerked around UF\LSU\SC\UK with nearly impossible sections of schedules and moves.

Yeah, maybe they did favor Bama by giving them the weakest SEC East opponent with UGAs padded schedule.