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Willis McGahee Wants Championship Ring from 2003 Miami-Ohio State Title Game

Former Miami Hurricanes running back Willis McGahee is still chapped about a delayed call in the 2003 National Championship Game against Ohio State and wants his title ring. Asked by Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports for his reaction if it is found out that Ohio State won the game with ineligible players, McGahee told him he would “like to have my ring.”

McGahee then changed his focus from the ineligible players aspect of the issue to the pass interference/holding call made in overtime. “I feel we were cheated anyway. We beat them. The pass interference with the eligible, ineligible players. It wouldn’t have made any difference. I can’t get my money back that I missed out on a second ring. If they did [cheat] I’d like to have my ring.”

Here is the call in question in case you forgot about the issue. Jimmy Sharpe was called for pass interference on the play against Chris Gamble, but the officials later said the real infraction was defensive holding:

There is no way a penalty should have been called on the play. There wasn’t defensive holding and there wasn’t pass interference. Any contact Ohio State fans want to argue about should be negated by Gamble’s push off before he made his cut inside. It was just a bad call and the referee threw the flag late not because he wanted to double check the play, but because he did not think the game should have ended.

Separate from that issue, McGahee differs from Warren Sapp in that he likes the hire of Al Golden as the team’s new coach.

“He turned Temple around,” McGahee said of Golden. “The fact that he turned that program around says a lot about his character, his coaching staff. The good thing about it is, he came to the University of Miami.”

Take that, Warren Sapp!


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LFHZJGW4Y6KIH725OXU2FN6V3A Joel

    Yeah, right, like nobody on that Miami team was receiving extra benefits.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=162900647 Elijah Kariuki

    Who cares anymore? The U was robbed on that call because no one would throw that flag anymore unless if he was caught up in the heat of the moment and was actually rooting for OSU. 

    All that matters now is this year and the next years to come. Coach Golden has the team believing again that they are better than the 7-6 record last year. Let’s just see what happens this year. IMO we are not ready to compete for the ACC after last years terrible performance by both QBs and our run defense was suspect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/timgatorfan Tim Kerns

    Ohio state seams to cheat at everything.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Right, that’s not at all an argument I would defend. Surprised Willis would.

  • Anonymous

    The call was bad as far as how the game was called and the referee right next to it didn’t call it but the one 8 yards away did EIGHT seconds later.  It was Glen Sharpe who was flagged.

  • http://www.facebook.com/drew.pepe Drew Pepe

    IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN THE REF WHO THREW THE FLAG,HIS NEPHEW WAS ENROLLED AT OHIO STATE THE NEXT YEAR ,I MAY BE WRONG BUT I HAD HEARD THAT SOMEONE SHOULD CHECK THAT OUT,CLEARLY MIAMI WAS YHE BETTER TEAM JUST LIKE IN 86 AGANST PENN STATE THAT CLASS OF 2000-2001 WHAT DID THEY HAVE 19 FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICKS MIAMI IS THE ONLY SCHOOL WHO CAN START THEIR OWN TEAM IN THE NFL.I KNOW WHAY YOUR THINKING HE IS A HOMER,I GRADUATED FROM THE “U” IN 83.IF MIAMI PLAYED BALL NOW LIKE THEY DID THEN THEY WOULD HAVE NUMEROUS TITLES BESIDES 5 THEY SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST 9  86-PENN STATE,88-NOTRE DAME,92-ALABAMA,02-OHIO STATE.REGUARDLESS NOBODY HAS THE FACTORY OF THE “U”  2 YEARS WATCH OUT

  • http://www.facebook.com/drew.pepe Drew Pepe

    IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN THE REF WHO THREW THE FLAG,HIS NEPHEW WAS ENROLLED AT OHIO STATE THE NEXT YEAR ,

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SEZNQQJY7XUR6A2RXTKVYX5DIQ Scott

    It will always be Miami 6 National Championships to me.  

  • Anonymous

    Suck on this Willis and Miami.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1xlg3SWDsk

  • Anonymous

    The play clock  hit zero before the in-completion. so they should have been penalized 5 yards before the IN-COMPLETION.  Worst call ever made to give away a championship. Give Willis his ring and the canes will be ready this fall.

  • Anonymous

    No the play clock and the hike were simultaneous. I think you might need glasses. I know for sure you will need the definition of the large word “simultaneous” so here it is.

    Simultaneous - Adjective: Occurring, operating, or done at the same time.

  • Anonymous

    Point is there are numerous (that means many) questionable calls during a game, but the Ref should leave his hankie in his pocket on the last play of the game unless it is an obvious penalty. I will say that Ohio State played a hell of a game and surprised everyone including themselves. They were greatly undermanned and dominated the beginning of the game.That Canes team would beat you guys nine out of ten times (the only loss would be on a bad call). I can understand your anger as I would be upset if the Canes were going through all the trouble you guys were for CHEATING. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m not upset. You guys lost. We won and the proof is in the video. I’m sorry you can’t comprehend what the video shows. If they get any of the calls right, Ohio State runs out the clock. We win, you lose. As simple as that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kyle-Edwards/1033046718 Kyle Edwards

    This is funny.  Watch the whole game again, namely the 4th quarter.  Your game tying FG never should have happened.  Gamble clearly gets a 1st down at mid field.  But the ref completely blows the call.  Had there been instant replay at the time it would have been overturned and OSU would have been granted a 1st down.  Took a knee and ran out the clock. Get over it, it’s been 8 years! Again, it never should have came to OT.  And the call was 100% correct.  Maybe if McGahee’s glass knee could stand up to the Silver Bullet defense it would be different.  But he was too busy watching OT from the sideline.