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Mark Richt Gets Unsportsmanlike Conduct Penalty For Grabbing Official

Mark Richt grabs a referee.

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Miami head coach Mark Richt is usually a very even-keeled guy, but he lost it and grabbed an official's arm moments ago during tonight's Orange Bowl.

Mark Richt is none too happy with the officiating tonight, and blew up late in the second quarter.

After what appeared to be a pretty blatant uncalled hold on a Wisconsin offensive lineman, costing Miami a probable huge sack on third down, Richt grabbed a ref's arm, and was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Moments later Wisconsin scored a touchdown to extend its lead to 24-14.

Here is the uncalled hold in question.

A few minutes later, heading into the halftime break, Richt gave an interview that lasted maybe 10 seconds at most.

Back in his Georgia days, Richt was the subject of a very college football-focused "Mark Richt has lost control of his team" meme. Well...

Twitter erupts in "Mark Richt has lost control" jokes after penalty.
Twitter erupts in "Mark Richt has lost control" jokes after penalty.

Now, the debate during halftime on ESPN and Twitter is whether Richt should have been ejected from the game for grabbing the referee. A player probably would have.