Penalty handed out for college player who knocked referee unconscious
The most shocking play in college football on Saturday wasn’t the amazing Hail Mary hook-and-ladder play that Central Michigan used to upset Oklahoma State.
No, it was when a Southern California community college player punched a referee during a game and knocked him out.
On Monday, the Southern California Football Association handed down a five-year ban to freshman OL Bernard Schirmer, who was arrested on suspicion of battery after his ejection.
Fortunately, according to an AP report, the referee is recovering well from the incident:
“I talked to him yesterday. He’s a little sore from going down so hard, but he said he had no headache or anything else,” Rich Kollen, director of football operations for the Southern California Football Association, said Monday.
Schirmer has said the punch was accidental and his school — Mount San Antonio College — will appeal the five-year suspension.