Statement from Steve Shaw, SEC Coordinator of Officials concerning final play of Vanderbilt-Tennessee game:
"On the last play of the Vanderbilt-Tennessee game, in overtime, the Tennessee defender intercepted the pass, his knee did not touch the ground and he returned the interception for a touchdown. During the play, the head linesman incorrectly ruled that the Tennessee player's knee was down when he intercepted the pass by blowing his whistle and giving the dead ball signal. The play was reviewed as if there was no whistle on the field and as a result, overturned the incorrect ruling. By rule, if there was a whistle blown, the play is not reviewable."(Emphasis added). The SEC has admitted the error, which is admirable, but the head linesman should never officiate another college football game again. It shows a complete lack of integrity on his part not to say "I blew the whistle." If he did say something, than the referee should be suspended for getting bullied into reviewing an unreviewable call. Additionally, the replay offical heard the whistle. This mistake is so avoidable, that you can't blame Commodore fans for thinking the fix is in.