The Mountain West, which assigned the officiating crew for Saturday’s Navy-Air Force game, released a statement on an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Navy quarterback Kriss Proctor after Proctor scored a touchdown in overtime. The penalty moved the extra point back 15 yards, and Air Force blocked it. The Falcons went on to win 35-34. The crew was a CFO West crew. CFO West is an officiating partnership among the Big 12, Mountain West and Southland Conferences, and has a roster from which officials are assigned to games in all three leagues. Here’s the Mountain West’s statement:
“After thorough review of the incident following the Navy touchdown in overtime, it is clear a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct/taunting was warranted under NCAA Football Playing Rule 9-2-1-a.-1. and was properly administered by the CFO West officiating crew. This will be the only comment provided regarding this matter.”
And for those curious, here’s the full text of Rule 9-2-1-a.-1, from NCAAPublications.com:
SECTION 2. Unsportsmanlike Conduct Fouls
ARTICLE 1. There shall be no unsportsmanlike conduct or any act that interferes with orderly game administration on the part of players, substitutes, coaches, authorized attendants or any other persons subject to the rules, before the game, during the game or between periods. Infractions for these acts by players are administered as either live-ball or dead-ball fouls depending on when they occur.
a. Specifically prohibited acts and conduct include:
1. No player, substitute, coach or other person subject to the rules shall use abusive, threatening or obscene language or gestures, or engage in such acts that provoke ill will or are demeaning to an opponent, to game officials or to the image of the game, including but not limited to:
(a) Pointing the finger(s), hand(s), arm(s) or ball at an opponent, or imitating the slashing of the throat.
(b) Taunting, baiting or ridiculing an opponent verbally.
(c) Inciting an opponent or spectators in any other way, such as simulating the firing of a weapon or placing a hand by the ear to request recognition.
(d) Any delayed, excessive, prolonged or choreographed act by which a player (or players) attempts to focus attention upon himself (or themselves).
(e) An unopposed ball carrier obviously altering stride as he approaches the opponent’s goal line or diving into the end zone.
(f) Removal of a player’s helmet before he is in the team area (Exceptions: Team, media or injury timeouts; equipment adjustment; through play; between periods; and during a measurement for a first down).
(g) Punching one’s own chest or crossing one’s arms in front of the chest while standing over a prone player.
(h) Going into the stands to interact with spectators, or bowing at the waist after a good play.