Sunday, September 11, 2011
Pac-12 changes USC-Utah Score, Affects Gambling Debts
The first game of the new Pac-12 kicked off in style, with a flare of typical college football drama. USC Trojans and Utah Utes opened the new Pac-12 era Saturday night and the ending led many gamblers to call their bookies and scream, "come on!"
With USC leading 17-14 with just 11 seconds remaining on the clock in the fourth quarter, Utah had a chance to tie the game and take it to overtime. Instead of tying the game, the field goal attempt bounced off of 6'7 USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil at the line of scrimmage. Game over! USC Trojan football players begin to celebrate on their sideline and draw a flag for unsportsmanlike-conduct from the Pac-12 officials
Wait, the kick was blocked. The football was still live and the play was not ruled dead yet.
When the ball ricocheted off of Matt Kalil's arm backwards, it happened to bounce once to the right into another Trojan player's hands. Trojans' cornerback Torin Harris then does what any other defensive player in college football would do with a turnover ball, he takes the ball the other way 68 yards for a Trojan touchdown as time expired.
Wait again, there was a penalty on the Trojans for unsportsmanlike-conduct. Pac-12 referees rule that the six points be taken off the board and conclude the game at 17-14 instead of 23-14.
The Trojans were fine with that, since they win either way, and did their post-game duties with no discussion of the extra 6 points that were abandoned. Leaving the stadium with the final score officially 17-14, the Trojans defeating the Utes in the first ever Pac-12 conference game. Pac-12 officiating consultant Mike Pereira disagreed with that final score.
"The new Unsportsmanlike Conduct rule is Rule 9, Section 2, Article 1," Pereira said in a statement. "Fouls by players are administered as either live ball or dead ball fouls depending on when they occur. The rule does not apply to substitutes. All Unsportsmanlike Conduct fouls by substitutes are enforced as dead ball fouls. Since the game was over, the penalty could not be enforced and the referee stated it was declined by rule. The officials did rule it a touchdown making the final score 23-14."
Who cares about the final score being changed? The winner and loser of the game remains the same.
Now go to Las Vegas and ask college football gamblers there that question. With USC being a 8.5 favorites Saturday night, the Pac-12 officiating consultant just saved many gamblers hundreds or thousands of dollars due to a gambling debt.
According to one Vegas gambling insider, Las Vegas bookies are using the "does not honor overturned decisions" excuse to not reward gamblers for the score change. Even from Todd Fuhrman at Ceasars: "We do not recognize defaults prior to the start of the event, suspended games, protests, or overturned decisions for wagering purposes." In the Pac-12's eyes, USC beat Utah 23-14. In all the Las Vegas bookies' eyes, USC beat Utah 17-14.
Which one of these business organizations comes off as more corrupt from the score change?
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