Michigan State coaches not happy about pass interference calls
Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday September 21, 2013
Coaches always have to be careful publicly criticizing the officials, but the Michigan State coaches subtly expressed their displeasure.
The Spartans were called for four defensive pass interference penalties in a 17-13 loss at Notre Dame. Some were questionable, some were missed, but they always came in big situations.
After the game, Mark Dantonio, a former defensive backs coach, was asked if he’d ever seen so many go against his team.
“I've been coaching 30 plus years. No, never,” he said in his presser. “I guess that's why we should stop talking about it right there.”
Brian Kelly told NBC after the game he actually felt the Irish could have been on the right side of some more pass interference. Dantonio was asked what he believes a defensive back is entitled to when defending.
“Cut off the receiver, have position for the ball, go up and make a play on the ball,” he said. “He has every right to make a play on the ball. There's bumping and pushing on both sides a lot of times. But you're going up for a football. A lot of times to me, unless you want to get into a clinic here, which we don't need to, they're very close calls. I'm in agreement with that, they're close calls.
“They have a right to the ball. They can play the ball out of phase without looking through it. Swat the ball down. I don't know. There are no video displays out there on that field. I can't see what's going on. You have a much better shot up in the box than I would have had. We'll let that issue take its own course. You guys are all well‑written.”
Defensive coordinator / assistant head coach Pat Narduzzi also had a tweet that didn’t hide his feelings. It’s clear he felt his guys played correctly, and he wanted to keep their confidence up.
“S/O to the 2 best corners in the country. (Trae Waynes, Darqueze Dennard). The best there is!!!!!!! #spartandawgs.”