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.