Ref stops game to tell Middle Tennessee band to stop playing (Video)

Dr. Saturday

When a referee blows his whistle to stop play during a football game, usually a time adjustment is being made, or an instant replay is being consulted. During Thursday night’s contest between Middle Tennessee State and Marshall, the game was halted for a different reason: the MTSU band.

With the game tied 14-14 in the second quarter, Marshall’s offense was facing a third and short situation. As the Thundering Herd approached the line, the referee all of a sudden blew his whistle and announced that “the band needs to quit playing as soon as the offense comes to the line of scrimmage.”

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Shots fired!

That’s something I’ve never seen before. The team marching bands are a huge part of what makes college football environments unique.

The official NCAA rule (9.B.5.) states that "persons subject to the rules, including bands, shall not create any noise that prohibits a team from hearing its signals." A noise violation can result in a 15-yard penalty, or a referee can declare a timeout for "unfair noise."

The MTSU band was technically breaking the rule, so at least the ref just issued a stern warning instead of issuing a penalty, which at that time would have awarded a first down for Marshall.

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