DECKER: Explanation Is What IU Deserves

Bloomington – I'm going to go against the popular sentiment in Hoosierland these days and proclaim the following. The Big Ten Conference doesn't owe Indiana an apology its officiating blunder Saturday against Iowa...

Bloomington – I'm going to go against the popular sentiment in Hoosierland these days and proclaim the following.

The Big Ten Conference doesn't owe Indiana an apology its officiating blunder Saturday against Iowa.

I understand that suggestion is downright blasphemous in IU Football circles, but the league office is under no obligation to offer a mea culpa for the replay officials' decision to overrule Terrance Turner's touchdown in the third quarter of Saturday's game in Iowa City that would have given Indiana a 28-14 lead.

No need. None.

After all, what good does an apology do anyone any way? An admittance of error might do someone some good in a court of law, but it isn't going to do Bill Lynch's football team any good when its record is still 4-5 overall and 1-4 in league play. He isn't going to frame it and put it over his desk. He isn't going to add it to his IU Football resume.

No, what the conference office owes Indiana isn't an apology. What it owes Indiana is an explanation.

I've waited three days to offer up my take on Saturday's officiating – and that play in particular – to give the conference an opportunity to provide some rationale behind the replay officials' decision to overturn a play that had been ruled a touchdown by the officials on the field. Because as best as any reasonable, non-Hawkeye lovin' football fan can tell, there isn't one.

But there has to be. Somehow, someway, somebody in the Kinnick Stadium replay booth with a set of two eyes (presumably) and a remote control had to see something during that six-minute break that provided irrefutable evidence that Terrance Turner didn't get a foot down or was juggling the ball…something that would give some sort of explanation to how they could take a HUGE Indiana touchdown off the board.

Because truth be told, I've spent more than six minutes watching that play again…and again…and again…and can find nothing to justify overturning the call. Turner caught the ball clean. He dragged his right foot on the turf. And the official standing perhaps three yards from him ruled it a touchdown without hesitation.

Then…some anonymous person hidden away somewhere in Kinnick Stadium saw something on his television monitor that made it blatantly obvious that Turner didn't catch that ball. I'm not a conspiracy theorist, mind you, but I admit I would like to recover the black box from that replay booth during that six-minute stoppage to find out exactly what was going on.

There's no need for an apology for the call, but I'd simply like to know what the rationale was for overturning the call. And I'm sure Indiana Coach Bill Lynch, and IU Athletics Director Fred Glass, and Turner, and Ben Chappell, and every IU football fan would like to know, too.

The Big Ten Conference owes Indiana at least that much.


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