First, Vanderbilt was the better team and squandered countless opportunitieis. Second, it was to Tennessee. We hate them, and they don't respect us. Third, the referees continue to factor into Commodore games more than they should. Tonight, the referees were not only awful, but showed a complete lack of integrity. Mike Pereria, the former head of officials for the NFL tweeted the following:
"The referee said there was "no signal" and "no whistle" and hence, the replay assistant allowed the touchdown. Here's the problem.... There was a whistle and there was a signal. What you really have here is an inadvertant whistle and unfortunately, it appears ... that the official who blew the whistle and pointed to the ground did not step up and admit his mistake. It's clear on video."He's 100% right. You can say the referee made the incorrect call by blowing the whistle and calling the play a fumble that was recovered, and then saying the player was down by contact. That was incorrect. It was a bad call. But you can't say there was no whislte. That is simply not credible. Worse, it shows a complete lack of integrity on the part of the official. He blew the whistle and pointed to the ground. Man up and say so. That official should be fired by the SEC. Not because he got the call wrong, but because he lacked the character to acknowledge it.
Vanderbilt might not have won the game. After all, all the Volunteers had to do was kick a field goal to win the game. They probably would have won the game. But that doesn't matter. Vanderbilt was robbed of the chance to make that play. And that's what football (and sports) is all about. Opportunities. Vanderbilt squandered many. But that shouldn't have robbed them of the chance to make another.
This team still has a shot to go a bowl if they beat Wake next weekend, and there is no doubt that the program is moving in the right direction. I think I speak for all Vanderbilt fans when I say I wish we were getting "there" a little faster.