The prestige of the mighty Southeastern Conference took a hit this weekend when fifth-ranked Georgia – one of its most powerful football programs – fell 38-35 on the road to Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) foe Clemson.
But in addition to the ignominy of defeat – did the integrity of the SEC also take a hit in Georgia’s loss?
Specifically, did University of Georgia players fake injuries in an effort to slow down the Tigers’ up-tempo offense?
Here’s a YouTube clip showing one such questionable “injury …”
First, a lot of players on both sides of the ball were cramping up in the heat and humidity at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night – and Georgia suffered several legitimate injuries to key personnel (most notably Malcolm Mitchell).
But there were also a lot of minor injuries which seemed like deliberate efforts to slow the pace of the game and keep Clemson from establishing its preferred offensive rhythm.
A few days prior to the Clemson-Georgia showdown ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit – who was on hand to call Saturday night’s big game – claimed defensive units were actually practicing fake injuries in an effort to combat up-tempo offenses like the one Chad Morris runs for the Tigers.
“No one is talking about this, but look for more fake injuries by the defense,” Herbstreit said. “I’ve talked to defensive coaches. These guys are actually practicing faking injuries in practice.”
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@fitsnews LOL @ "SEC integrity"…
— Frank Fleming (@SimplyBananas1) September 1, 2013
@fitsnews SEC: Sudden Exceptional Cramping.
— Mike Jones (@m_w_jones) September 1, 2013
@fitsnews absolutely they did.
— leon stavrinakis (@leonstav) September 1, 2013