Mark Wiedmer: Replay Man latest Vols villain for late-game overturn

Max Trent, Madison Vandergriff, 10, Mary Vandergriff, 12, and Elizabeth Vandergriff, from left, cheer Tennessee during during the second half of a game against Vanderbilt at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Max Trent, Madison Vandergriff, 10, Mary Vandergriff, 12, and Elizabeth Vandergriff, from left, cheer Tennessee during during the second half of a game against Vanderbilt at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

KNOXVILLE — When it comes to whom the Big Orange Nation views as Public Enemy No. 1 for its struggling football program, former Tennessee coaches Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley and former athletic director Mike Hamilton now have some company.

Replay Man, come on down.

According to UT flip cards, Ben Oldham is the Southeastern Conference replay official whose name may now live in infamy in the hearts of BON after he decided Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels actually got a first down at the UT 33-yard line with 46 seconds to play instead of being stopped inches short of that line, as officials on the field originally ruled.

It is certainly fair to pause here to consider whether anyone who spells Austin "A-u-s-t-y-n" deserves such a ruling. But given new life in a game they trailed 10-7 at the time, the Commodores wound up scoring a few plays later when reserve QB Patton Robinette -- who grew up down the road from Neyland Stadium in Maryville and thus far has resisted the urge to spell his last name R-o-b-y-n-e-t-t-e -- scored after faking a Tim Tebow-esque jump pass with 16 ticks on the clock.

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Dickattrade writes:

I was 150 miles from home, freezing cold, and ready to storm my way home with a 10-7 win.. But wait a minute we are going to review the call.I think the guy may have made the first down but it was called a loss of downs. This was great.My point is;how can a judgement call be overturned by another judgement call? This was just wrong. Screwed over again...

FWBVol writes:

James Franklin, love him or hate him, has done an outstanding job at Vanderbilt, but a miracle worker he is not. No football coach, no matter how dismal the program they bring to prominence, is a miracle worker.

Yes, the replay official corrected some calls in favor of Tennessee, but those replays had indisbutable video evidence that the Vandy players had fumbled and UT recovered. There is no way, at least from the angles ESPN showed, that the replay official could have seen where the ball was when the play was blown dead. Once the scrum started the ball was lost in the mass of bodies.

I can't say that UT deserved to win the game, but I know we didn't deserve to lose the game on that overturned call.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to FWBVol:

James Franklin, love him or hate him, has done an outstanding job at Vanderbilt, but a miracle worker he is not. No football coach, no matter how dismal the program they bring to prominence, is a miracle worker.

Yes, the replay official corrected some calls in favor of Tennessee, but those replays had indisbutable video evidence that the Vandy players had fumbled and UT recovered. There is no way, at least from the angles ESPN showed, that the replay official could have seen where the ball was when the play was blown dead. Once the scrum started the ball was lost in the mass of bodies.

I can't say that UT deserved to win the game, but I know we didn't deserve to lose the game on that overturned call.

+10

underthehill writes:

in response to FWBVol:

James Franklin, love him or hate him, has done an outstanding job at Vanderbilt, but a miracle worker he is not. No football coach, no matter how dismal the program they bring to prominence, is a miracle worker.

Yes, the replay official corrected some calls in favor of Tennessee, but those replays had indisbutable video evidence that the Vandy players had fumbled and UT recovered. There is no way, at least from the angles ESPN showed, that the replay official could have seen where the ball was when the play was blown dead. Once the scrum started the ball was lost in the mass of bodies.

I can't say that UT deserved to win the game, but I know we didn't deserve to lose the game on that overturned call.

The official who spotted the ball short was obviously incompetent..and caused a needless controversy..he should have known better..

FWBVol writes:

in response to underthehill:

The official who spotted the ball short was obviously incompetent..and caused a needless controversy..he should have known better..

If he was incompetent, as you claim, then the official wouldn't have the knowledge to know better.

Again, I'm not saying Vanderbilt didn't make the first down on the play, but by rule, the replay official has to have indisputable video evidence to overturn a call. Unless ESPN showed the replay official an angle on the play it didn't show on TV, there is no way the official should have reversed that call.

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