By most accounts, the penalty and ejection on Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt against Pitt Saturday night was one of the more confusing calls of the 2013 college football season. Tuitt was hit with the controversial “targeting rule” penalty for lowering his helmet into Pitt quarterback Tom Savage – even though Savage himself lowered his own helmet to brace for the impact (not to mention he was far from “defenseless”). The Irish went on to lose to the Panthers, 28-21, effectively ending their hopes at playing in a BCS bowl game.
Tuitt took to Twitter early this morning to both vent and vow revenge after the call. He says that his opponents will soon be wishing the call hadn’t been made.
Tough loss but on to the next one with revenge for-real. People are going to wish they never gave me that call… I promise that. GO IRISH
— stephon tuitt (@DOCnation_7) November 10, 2013
It’s hard not to feel for Tuitt here – the new rule is making it hard to defensive players to make even routine plays during games. The Irish have BYU and Stanford – two physical teams – left on their schedule. We’ll see how Tuitt’s revenge plan takes shape in the coming weeks.