Jeremy Pruitt recaps controversial South Carolina non-fumble call

Jeremy Pruitt recaps controversial South Carolina non-fumble call

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Jeremy Pruitt recaps controversial South Carolina non-fumble call

KNOXVILLE — Against South Carolina, Tennessee players made a play on Gamecock running back Rico Dowdle in the third quarter.

For many, the goal line play appeared as a fumble that was not called or reviewed by officials, happening before South Carolina tied the game at 24.

Kicking off Charlotte week, Jeremy Pruitt addressed the controversial non-fumble call.

“Well it was definitely a fumble,” Pruitt said. “I saw that, but unfortunately for the officials, they only have certain angles they can see, and from their angles they didn’t see that. You can look at it on our film, it’s obviously a fumble.

“It was disappointing for me because I could see it on the sideline, but they have a tough job to do, just like we have a tough job to do, and those guys are doing the best they can, and they have to take what they have to work with it. It is an unfortunate circumstance, but the officials had nothing to do with us getting nine penalties, they had nothing to do with us losing the battle at the line of scrimmage, so that’s really only one small part of the game.”

Pruitt was also asked why he did not challenge the play in reversing the call.

“Well there’s no more coaches’ challenges anymore,” he said. “Every play is reviewed by the officials, so they look at everything from targeting to the spots, turnovers, but they’re limited to which views they have from the cameras. For us, we film from a sideline view, an end zone view, and from our sideline view, you can’t see anything, but definitely from the end zone it’s obvious.

“Those guys are doing the best they can do, and they’ve got to go with what they’ve got. It would probably make a whole lot of sense in the SEC, with as much money as we’ve got, to get end zone cameras. That was a big play in the game, and it’s unfortunate that it happened that way, but we made plenty of errors in the game, and you’ve got to give South Carolina credit for creating a lot of those issues, and we’ve got to get where we don’t make those errors.”

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