Classless by Miss St players and their entire staff! The blame for allowing it to happen falls right on the shoulders of the officiating crew! This is another example of how incompetent the entire SEC officiating has become as whole!
Penalty be damned. When you get hammered like that you have to stand up for yourself and the team does too. I’m glad they went to get him. The penalties, correctly called, would have been offsetting anyway. Miss State has always been a dirty team. Sometimes worse than others. They probably aren’t as bad under Leach as they were under Jackie Sherrill.
I was absolutely stunned no flags were thrown during that melee. Stunned. Has anyone ever seen something like that go down in a game and ZERO flags? I have not. The Burks punch was weak but still thrown but then as we all saw someone grabbed his mask and held it for what seemed like 10 seconds. You’d think the refs would have seen THAT part bc refs always see the retaliator. I do recall seeing at least one coach trying to separate as another poster said. There were probably more.
The only reason I was glad there was no flag was because I figured they would find a way to make it ONLY against us. I’d rather play on than have Autry hose us again.
Burks did more of a shove in the face mask and the MissState guy, who was deliberately provoking him, did an obvious flop hoping to get Burks tossed out of the game. They had been chippy with Burks all game, trying to provoke him. The MissState coaches did not interfere because it was all their idea and they wanted it to succeed.
Very telling of Mississippi State that after that Bowl Game Brawl with Tulsa, they suspended or publicly disciplined NO ONE. Tulsa, meanwhile suspended a couple guys that were involved in that mess. That tells me A LOT.
Reminds me that my distaste for MS State dates back to Jackie Sherrill bringing his dirty ball from A&M to the SEC. Might have been that way before Sherrill, and they hired him because he was a good fit!
A&M and Baylor were always chippy like that, back in the day. I remember Baylor taking out Steve Little on a kickoff. It always bugged me that private, church-affiliated schools were dirty (on the field and off…see SMU) then I was told that most of these schools are affiliated in name only.
I eat dinner with a TU coach from time to time and he said he was “trembling mad” at the bowl game, outraged at the poor sportsmanship by MS State, and scared for his players because half the TU team didn’t know what was going on. A lot of TU players were ambushed. And, no MSU suspensions, of course. (That the SEC didn’t do something surprises me - a chance to penalize someone who isn’t a title contender was missed.)