Score one for the Eugene-based conspiracy theorists? A source within the Cal program has admitted to the Oregonian that the Bears' plans for slowing down Oregon 's ludicrous-speed attack encompassed more than just X's and O's:
"I know any time anybody goes down against Oregon, (Duck fans) always think that's the case, but it's not the case,'' Cal coach Jeff Tedford said when asked if the injuries were faked.Oh, well if only some of them were, Tedford's in the clear.
However, a source within the Bears football program confirmed to The Oregonian that this indeed was "a big part'' of the defensive game plan against Oregon, although not all Cal coaches were on board with this strategy.
Quite frankly, it didn't take a Berkeley Deep Throat spilling the beans to ferret out Cal's less-than-sportsmanlike plans, as this widely-posted (and pleasantly soundtracked) video illustrates:
If there's any good news here for Ducks fans, it's that with so much focus on the Bears' tactics, now the officials will be empowered to step in and put a stop to these shenanigans, right? Not so much :
With the officials' hands tied, it would seem the only method of enforcement would be for the league office to review film like that posted above and come down on offenders like the Bears after the fact. But unless the problem becomes epidemic, it's unlikely the Pac-10 will act; for now, the Ducks will just have to hope their future opponents show more scruples than Tedford and his charges.
Even if Oregon could somehow prove opponents are feigning injuries in an attempt to slow the rapid pace of the nation’s No. 1 scoring offense, game officials have no authority to penalize such offenders, said David Cutaia, the Pac-10 supervisor of officials.
“On-field officials are obviously not doctors,” Cutaia said Tuesday. “They cannot determine whether an injury is actual or feigned. All they can do is stop the clock.”
Officials have to give players the benefit of the doubt when they appear injured, he said.
“There’s nothing we can do,” Cutaia said. “If we did — which we couldn’t — can you imagine if the guy was injured? … Medically, it would be very stupid if a kid was actually hurt.”