Does Boise State’s Winston Venable Hit on James Rogers warrant a game suspension? The WAC thought so, but later reduced the suspension to a half against the New Mexico State Aggies this October 2nd. Below is video footage from this past Saturday’s game that has drawn a lot of attention from Karl Benson and WAC Officials.
Western Athletic Conference Supervisor of Officials Jim Blackwood, said Tuesday on Idaho SportsTalk the following:
“The player (James Rogers) that was hit was defenseless. The player (Winston Venable) that delivered the hit seemed intent on leaving a calling card.”
In a split second, as the video below shows, Venable had to adjust his path to OSU QB Ryan Kantz as James Rogers was pushed by BSU CB Jamar Taylor. It would appear that once Venable saw Rogers, who stands 5 foot 7 inches, he attempted to get lower in order to avoid taking a hit to a lower part of his body. It is highly unlikely in the brief moment Venable was thinking about leaving a “calling card.”
All athletes are coached to go at full speed in order to avoid injury. In this case had Venable slowed he could have likely been injured. Venable for his part used his hands to separate himself from Rogers during the hit.
This is my opinion of the play, but I would like to get your take on the hit. Please let us know what you thought about the play.
The best news out this whole situation is that James Rogers has been ruled eligible to play this week. I have nothing but respect for this student athlete. I wish him the best for the rest of this season and beyond.
I helped out Kevin McGuire from the College Football Examiner Thursday afternoon for a recording. I was downtown and didn’t have my usual gear, but I gave it the old college try. The conversation lasted about 20 minutes. Check it out here. Let me know how I did. Go Broncos!!!
Customized Minibus with DJ Booth, Body Painting Station Headed to Bronco Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010
ESPNU is bringing the “ESPNU College GameDay Tour” to all 14 regular-season College GameDay stops for the 2010 season. The “ESPNU College GameDay Tour” is a new experiential marketing tour, featuring a fully customized ESPNU minibus, will include a DJ booth, as well as a college-themed body and face painting station where students can pick their school colors each week to display their school spirit.
The ESPNU College GameDay Tour will be located near Bronco Stadium, from 6 AM – 6 PM MDT on Saturday, Sept. 25, prior to the Oregon State vs. Boise State game. At each tour stop fans will be able to listen to a live DJ, and visit the painting station before kickoff to uniquely express their true fandom in the stands. The tour will also include several LED televisions showing live coverage of the College GameDay telecasts (televised on ESPNU from 9 – 10 AM ET and ESPN 10 AM to noon). Throughout the event ESPNU event staff will be distributing ESPNU giveaways to fans, including T-shirts, lanyards and koozies. Another focal point of each stop will be the ESPNU monument (a 24-foot tall monument designed in the likeness of the ESPNU logo), which will be prominently displayed on each host campus throughout the weekend.
September 25, 2010
6 AM – 6 PM MDT
College GameDay airs at 9 AM ET on ESPNU and ESPNU HD and from 10 AM ET to noon on ESPN and ESPN HD. The Oregon State vs. Boise State game kicks off at 8:00 PM ET on ABC.
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725
The ESPNU College GameDay Tour coincides with the announcement that ESPN’s College GameDay is expanding to three hours this season, providing an extra hour of college football analysis, news and features every Saturday. College GameDay airs at 9 AM ET this fall on ESPNU and ESPNU HD and from 10 AM ET to noon on ESPN and ESPN HD.
The ESPNU College GameDay Tour is free to attend and fans of all ages are welcome to participate. For more details and the complete ESPNU College GameDay Tour schedule please visit http://www.ESPNU.com.