Ohio State's game film doctoring might not be an isolated incident.
Central Florida coach George O'Leary said during his press conference Monday that Nebraska, Ohio State's opponent this week, called the Knights to ask for film from their Sept. 8 game against the Buckeyes.
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said Tuesday film exchange is left up to his video people and that the film he saw was unedited. He said he wasn't sure why Nebraska had requested film from Central Florida.
"You're supposed to send whatever you film out. I guess there was some problem in the Big Ten?" O'Leary said. "Nebraska called for our tape. I don't know what's going on there. You're supposed to show everything. What happened was you're supposed to show from the huddle out so you see everything taking place. I guess some people are cutting out some motions and things like that. They're showing the end result, not the beginning of how he got to that."
Per Big Ten rules, conference opponents are supposed to send each other unedited game film during the week they play. Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi alleged after last week's 17-16 loss to the Buckeyes that the Spartans had received tape with pre-snap motions edited out. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he didn't know anything about doctored tape and that there had been a mix up with his video department. Correct tape was sent out the Thursday before the game, but that was long after preparations had concluded. Narduzzi said he had to reach out to Ohio State opponents to get proper film.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Ohio State and Michigan State athletics directors solved the problem without Big Ten involvement, but O'Leary's comments seem to suggest that another Ohio State opponent has received doctored game film.
"You're supposed to show the whole play. The play starts when they're at the line of scrimmage," O'Leary said. "I don't know what the Big Ten rule is. We have people that cut stuff out too. He's not in the league anymore, but he'd cut stuff out. You can take a guess who that is. But you can figure out what's going on."
As an aside, I think we should all take a moment to figure out which former Conference USA coach wasn't abiding by the game film rules. Larry Fedora? Skip Holtz? Kevin Sumlin? Todd Graham? Those are a few coaches who recently left the league.
[Forde-Yard Dash: Bemidji State all wet after big win]
But I digress…
If Nebraska did receive edited game film then this needs to be addressed by the Big Ten and, more importantly, Meyer, who needs to stop playing the ignorance card. Remember, this isn't the first time Big Ten coaches have questioned Meyer's disregard for league rules. Of course, Nebraska could have just been covering all its bases in light of Michigan State's claim and making sure that whatever film it received from Ohio State was, in fact, unedited.
I have a feeling this won't be the last time this issue surfaces this year.
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