ACC Defends Controversial Targeting Ejection Of Notre Dame’s Stephon Tuitt As Correct Call
Notre Dame suffered its third loss of the season this weekend against Pittsburgh at Heinz Field, 28-21. The Irish played most of the game without star defensive end Stephon Tuitt, who was ejected early in the game on a rather controversial targeting call. Here’s a clip of the hit for a refresher (or you can check out more angles here):
The call was met with skepticism on Twitter, and Tuitt himself expressed frustration after the game regarding the ejection. However, per the Chicago Tribune, the ACC has reviewed the play and believes that the correct call was indeed made:
ACC coordinator of officiating Doug Rhoads reviewed the tape of Notre Dame’s 28-21 loss to Pittsburgh, obviously including the Tuitt penalty, and deemed both the targeting flag and ejection to be warranted, a league spokesperson said.
“The play was reviewed in the booth and reply determined that the call stood as targeting,” the spokesperson said in an email. “Subsequently, Doug has reviewed the play (and the five angles we have showing the play) and agrees that it was indeed targeting and the correct call was made.”
I doubt Brian Kelly and Irish fans are happy with the explanation, but there’s no point in crying over spilled milk. Notre Dame gets to regroup this week on a bye before hosting BYU the following Saturday.