Bo Pelini Accuses MSU Defense of Breaking NCAA Rules
Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini apparently doesn't like to lose, especially when he feels his opponent cheated. According to an article at mlive.com, Pelini plans to speak with Big Ten Conference officials about potential rules infractions against Michigan State's defense last Saturday in the Spartans' 27-22 victory. Pelini feels that Michigan State's hand clapping disrupted the pre-snap play calling of the Nebraska offense, who was flagged for two false start penalties and a delay of game penalty.
If you think Pelini is just griping and full of sour grapes, you're probably right. But, NCAA Football Rule 7-1-5-a does stipulate that "no player shall use words or signals that disconcert opponents when they are preparing to put the ball in play. No player may call defensive signals that simulate the sound or cadence of (or otherwise interfere with) offensive starting signals." I guess you can translate those words into pre-snap clapping.
Apparently, with 47 rushing yards in the game, the Cornhuskers had their backfield, and Heisman Trophy hopeful Ameer Abdullah, plugged into The Clapper.