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USC v Utah Score "Revision"

This post really has nothing to do with Syracuse.  But I still think it's worth a brief fanpost.  On Saturday, USC beat Utah 17-14.  However, the PAC12 "adjusted" or "revised" the score upward to 23-14. Citing some miscommunication between the field officials and the scoreboard officials on the final play of the game, the PAC12 wanted the final score to reflect the outcome of the game. So, the PAC12 did what any reasonable conference would do: they changed score.  Oh.   According to the PAC12 a touchdown was scored, but not entered on the scoreboard. The new score simply reflects the actual call of the game. Now, this would appear to not be a problem, because after all USC still won the game.

BUT!  There was an 8.5 point spread in favor of USC.  When the PAC12 "revised" the score this shifted the outcome of the game for gambling purposes.  The new score made USC to be the winner, forcing some casinos to change the payouts.  I don't believe that the PAC12 had some stake in this game, but revising the score looks very, very odd especially considering the attendant gaming implications.

I know that college football has many, many rotten aspects.  Recruiting, pay-for-play, the BCS, the bowl system, Rutgers, the student-athlete myth, etc., etc.  However, I would have thought that of all things the final score of a game is to be protected and is not subject to corruption, I mean upward or downward adjustment.  This move sets some weird precedent.  Now, the conferences believe they can change a score because of a call or non-call on the field.  What's to stop any conference from adjusting the score after reviewing game tape hours later for a call or non-call.  The SEC could "review" Tennessee's Music City Bowl loss to UNC and then go ahead and revise the score to reflect UT as the victors.  If the conferences are now allowed to change scores of games, the NCAA is affirmatively saying to the BCS conferences "do whatever the hell you want.  We can literally do nothing to stop you."  I won't be surprised to see USC players in actual chariots next week after the PAC12 reviews some rule that allows each team to play football to "adequately reflect their mascot."  This is bullshit.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904265504576566890035565566.html

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