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http://m.si.com/news/to/to/detail/1966006;jsessionid=2CA2808E362950029F9AA9A12DBBBEF3.cnnsilive9i

By Andy Staples

The conspiracy theorists came out again Saturday after Alabama nose tackle/aircraft carrier Terrence Cody blocked a second field-goal attempt to secure the Crimson Tide's 12-10 win against Tennessee.

"He took his helmet off!" they screamed. "That's a 15-yard penalty! Tennessee should have gotten another kick!" (Agitated SEC and/or Bama haters typically use a lot of exclamation points.)

I'll explain why that sentiment is wrong in a few paragraphs, but if anything, Tennessee-Alabama should have helped the conspiracy theorists relax. They worry the league, ESPN, CBS, the tri-lateral commission, the United Nations and the second shooter on the grassy knoll are conspiring to match an undefeated Alabama with an undefeated Florida in the SEC championship game. Sure, several of those entities would love such a matchup, but there's no conspiracy.

If Alabama-Tennessee taught us anything, it's that the odds seem against the Crimson Tide and Gators reaching Atlanta without a loss. Florida almost lost to Arkansas last week. As I write this, Mississippi State just tied Florida at 13 in the third quarter.

The Tide and Gators seem to expose more soft underbelly every week. Alabama still must play LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn. If Florida survives Starkville, it still must play Georgia, South Carolina and Florida State. Except for LSU, none of those teams is considered elite, but all of them have enough pure athletes on their roster to put together one lights-out game and ruin the SEC's dream matchup.

So calm down, tinfoil hatters. Odds are, you're going to get your wish.

Now, about that non-call on Cody. Yes, an SEC officiating crew screwed up again. This time, it didn't matter.

Howls erupted after Cody's goal block saved Alabama's bacon. Cody indeed removed his helmet while still in the field of play. That's a big no-no, and it usually merits a 15-yard penalty. But here's where the howlers are wrong. Even if officials had flagged Cody, Tennessee wouldn't have gotten another kick.

Because Alabama blocked and recovered the ball, Alabama had possession. The game can't end on a defensive penalty, but because of the possession change, Alabama wasn't on defense. We'll let SEC spokesman Charles Bloom take it from here.

"The foul for taking helmet off is a live ball foul treated as a dead-ball foul," Bloom wrote in an e-mail Saturday night. "That is, if it happens on a play where time does not expire then the penalty is enforced on the following play. However since the clock ran out on that play, then there is no next play, so there is no penalty to mark off."

Still, only a week after an Arkansas-Florida debacle that got an SEC crew suspended for three weeks, the conference could ill afford for another crew to miss such a clear call. It would have been nice if an official could have flagged Cody. Then referee Matt Austin could have explained to a national television audience why, despite the penalty on Cody, the game was still over.

Instead, the conspiracy theorists got more ammunition. Of course, that may not matter for much longer, because the SEC's elite teams look vulnerable enough to disprove the theories all on their own.
 

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4th down, ball recovered by Bama after the play. The penalty would have to be assessed after the possession change to Bama. 1st and 10 from where ever the ball was marked after 15 yard walk off. No re-kick because it was after Bama had touched it and recovered the ball.
Plain and simple, it was after the play on a forth down play and would no way shape or form give UT a re-kick. Game over.
 

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Their player after the onside kick, SHOULD have been a flag.
 
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Y'know, had we lost, I don't believe we'd be sitting here biatchin' about a bad call that cost us the game. We would be saying that UT took it to us and deserved the win. Well, helmet or no helmet, Bama did what it had to do to win, and the win was just as deserved as UT's would have been. Why does here always have to be "a reason we got beat"?
 

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Make sure your Tenn friends read this

About that non-call on Cody. Yes, an SEC officiating crew screwed up again. This time, it didn't matter.

Howls erupted after Cody's goal block saved Alabama's bacon. Cody indeed removed his helmet while still in the field of play. That's a big no-no, and it usually merits a 15-yard penalty. But here's where the howlers are wrong. Even if officials had flagged Cody, Tennessee wouldn't have gotten another kick.

Because Alabama blocked and recovered the ball, Alabama had possession. The game can't end on a defensive penalty, but because of the possession change, Alabama wasn't on defense. We'll let SEC spokesman Charles Bloom take it from here.

"The foul for taking helmet off is a live ball foul treated as a dead-ball foul," Bloom wrote in an e-mail Saturday night. "That is, if it happens on a play where time does not expire then the penalty is enforced on the following play. However since the clock ran out on that play, then there is no next play, so there is no penalty to mark off."

Still, only a week after an Arkansas-Florida debacle that got an SEC crew suspended for three weeks, the conference could ill afford for another crew to miss such a clear call. It would have been nice if an official could have flagged Cody. Then referee Matt Austin could have explained to a national television audience why, despite the penalty on Cody, the game was still over.

Instead, the conspiracy theorists got more ammunition. Of course, that may not matter for much longer, because the SEC's elite teams look vulnerable enough to disprove the theories all on their own.
 

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I might be wrong and if I just so happen to be I will man up and admit it. It is my opinion that the author of this article and the SEC official who back him up are bona fide idiots. Both of them admit that the game cannot end on a defensive penalty. Alabama was on defense until they actually recovered the football. Number 62 removed his helmet well before Alabama recovered the football. Therefore, when the penalty was committed Alabama was still on defense. It doesn't matter if the clock ran out or not. It was a defensive penalty and rules clearly state the game cannot end on a defensive penalty. Tennessee should have retained possession, gained 15 yards on the penalty and had another shot at the field goal. Until someone shows me the rule in the college football rule book that proves me wrong, I stand by my statements.
 

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When ball was touched by 62, then crossed the line of scrimmage. Possession changed...
Alabama was actually the offense at that point...
Works the same as an interception...
 

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Sorry guy but that game was played in 2009! The time to complain was back then, it 2020 now! Should we go back to the 1972 Cotton Bowl when the Texas QB step on the line?
 

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The Viles are like a bunch of cockroaches show a little hint of life during a season and they come out of the woodwork. Roll Tide!!!!!
 

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But, but, but if ut wins that game then it would only have been 4,000 days since they last beat Bama.
 

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We have entered the twighlight zone. 2009 is back.
 

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