A day later, Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis is talking about officiating
The game ended Saturday and Charlie Weis started barking at officials as they headed up the Michigan Stadium tunnel.
He wanted an explanation of the late game clock, which went from 11 seconds to nine after Michigan scored the game-winning touchdown in the Wolverines' 38-34 victory over Notre Dame.
"I actually asked that question, and they gave me an answer that I understand because it wasn't like I wasn't on top of it," Weis said during his Sunday press conference. "I didn't miss the two seconds now. What are we doing here? First it was one second. First it went from 11 to 10. Then I complained it went to nine. It went from 11 to 10 to 11 to nine.
"Maybe I shouldn't have said anything. Maybe we'd have one more second, throw a Hail Mary. Their answer to me was they thought that Theo (Riddick) tipped the ball in the field of play on the kick which would then start the clock. If he did, which I couldn't really tell whether he did or he didn't, so I'm going to take their word for it that that happened. So if he did and that's where the two seconds came from. Once again, maybe I shouldn't have complained and we would have had it would have been 10 instead of nine."
That wasn't the only problem Weis had with the officiating of Saturday's game. He still has an issue with the callback of Armando Allen's first half touchdown on a screen pass that was nullified on review because Allen apparently stepped out of bounds.
"I watched that tape a hundred times this morning, okay," Weis said. "Just like when I watched it when it happened, just like their two guys that were standing right on top of the play when it happened. From what I understand, the TV copy on top of it, I still haven't heard anyone tell me there's any evidence of Armando stepping out of bounds.
"The way I thought the rule is supposed to be, it's supposed to be conclusive evidence. I'm perturbed at that call."
He also seemed to indicate he felt the officials were flag-happy, calling a lot of holding penalties. And he also hinted that some of his players were punched in the face after plays during the game, things that would be personal fouls usually but not called Saturday.
Per his usual routine, he's sending plays to the Big Ten offices looking for explanations.
"I just send in plays. I don't make any formal complaints ever. I don't do it to anyone. I just send in plays," Weis said. "I'd say I'd like an explanation on these handful of plays. Just that handful is a little bit longer handful than it would normally be. It's not going to change. It never changes the outcome of a game. All you do is want an explanation, that's all."
Weis tried to couch his statements, though, because Notre Dame will have Big Ten officials working his game Saturday against Michigan State. Clearly, though, he wasn't happy.
"I have to be careful when I say this," Weis said. "But that game left a lot to be desired. I'm not blaming the officiating for the game."