He took three steps... aka "advanced the ball". FYI, the NCAA's national coordinator of officials (Rogers Redding) agrees with my side. The guy publishes guides, runs camps and makes videos to educate officials. Thanks for playing.
@ripov... I find it funny seeing an LSU fan (a guy from a place in the world where overalls are high fashion and teeth and shoes are optional) throwing shade about trailer parks.
"Secures control of a live ball in flight before the ball touches the ground, and touches the ground in bounds with any part of his body, and then maintains control of the ball long enough to enable him to perform an act common to the game, i.e., long enough to pitch or hand the ball, advance it, avoid or ward off an opponent, etc." Secured/controlled the ball. CHECK (he caught it by his left ear and with two hands moved it across his body all the way to his right hip) Touched the ground. CHECK Took three steps. CHECK "Advanced the ball" Tucking has nothing to do with it. NOT a requirement.
What is the bias by "the loser's fans"? The assessment that the call was an error (to put it politely) is supported by the NCAA's supervisor of officiating, at least two Power 5 conference supervisors and a legion of others. The supervisor of that SEC officiating crew has not even stepped up in support of his own guys. What could be more telling?
Check CBS Sports article by Dennis Dodd from earlier today. Rogers Redding is the national guy.
FYI, both the NCAA's national supervisor of officials and at least two Power 5 supervisors of officials said it was a bad call and the on-the-field call should have stood. The SEC's supervisor is keeping his mouth shut (care to guess why?). It was NOT a good call. Not even close.
Ball caught over the left shoulder. Two hands on the ball the whole time the player changes the trajectory of the ball all the way down to his right hip. While making three steps. Then the ball is hit out of his hands. Fumble. It IS easy. Physics and common sense can be your friends.
Of course Paul Finebaum doesn't care. He's a professional SEC pillow fluffer. If it had happened to Alabama he'd be screaming incessantly. The NCAA's national supervisor of officials has called it bad. So have at least two Power 5 conference supervisors. Not surprisingly, the SEC's supervisor of officials has been silent. Those officials hugely impacted the game with an egregiously bad call despite having hi-tech, hi-resolution video equipment to help them. And let's not forget the call on the field and the need for incontrovertible evidence to overturn. Sickening.