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Video Proof Cal Faked Injuries Against Oregon Based on Coach’s Directions

Oregon squeaked by Cal on Saturday in Berkeley, getting shutdown offensively for the first time all season. We wrote about Cal’s tactics to slow down Oregon’s “Blur Offense,” explaining how they faked several cramps. You figure they had to be playing dirty to hold down Oregon’s offense given that they allowed 52 points to Nevada and 48 to USC.

Well luckily for us YouTube user Russell Arch put together this excellent video which shows a Cal player faking an injury after getting instructed by his coaches to do so:

Many thanks to The Big Lead for sharing the video. Next time I want to see referees putting a stop to those shenanigans — there is no place for bullcrap like that in college football. If you want to stop someone, do it legitimately.



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  • Gene

    There is certainly no room in college football for feigning injury, a practice older than dirt, and for which the officials have a remedy: an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The video clearly shows that the player was faking, and the officials should have flagged Cal, based on the NCAA position on this issue.

    My first experience with feigning an injury in college football took place in November 1953, when Frank Varrichione “fainted” both at the end of the first half and again at the end of the game to allow Notre Dame to score two touchdowns and tie Iowa at 14-14. I was so outraged that I always rooted against Notre Dame thereafter. Varrichione went on to play for the Los Angeles Rams, with his nickname of “Fainting Frank” following him to remind everyone how he cheated Iowa out of a victory.

    Please note: in those days a QB could not spike the ball to artificially stop the clock. It would have been called intentional grounding. Also, there were no two point conversions in those days, and of course, no overtime.