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Northwestern Coach Is Upset With Officials

October 23, 2002|Times Wire Reports

Northwestern's Randy Walker is the latest Big Ten coach to complain about officiating.

He called Penn State's holds "significant and blatant" and suggested officials ignored four clips in the Wildcats' 49-0 loss to the Nittany Lions on Saturday.

"I don't know how you don't see them. It's just real disappointing," Walker said.

Criticism of league officials has mounted this season. Penn State officials called for a comprehensive review of officiating after the Nittany Lions' Oct. 12 overtime loss at Michigan.

Commissioner Jim Delany has said he'll consider a number of measures, including instant replay, to help officials do their job.

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Mississippi State freshman tailback Nick Turner was suspended from the team after being charged with possession of counterfeit money. Turner turned himself into police and was released on $5,000 bail. The charge carries a maximum prison term of 15 years, a fine or both.... Louisville offensive lineman Jonta Woodard, who pleaded guilty to receiving 15.1 ounces of marijuana in the mail and possessing steroids, will not serve time behind bars under an agreement with prosecutors. Woodard remains with the team.... Georgia will be without running back Musa Smith (broken left thumb), receiver Fred Gibson (ligament damage, left thumb) and offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb (cartilage damage, left knee) against Kentucky.... Ohio State offensive tackle Shane Olivea had an appendectomy and will not play against Penn State.... Texas El Paso quarterback Orlando Cruz tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the Miners' victory over Rice and will not play again this season.... North Carolina defensive end Will Chapman will have wrist surgery Friday and won't play against Wake Forest.... Troy State fired offensive coordinator John Shannon after the team scored a total of 15 points in its last two games.

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