The Southeastern Conference has released a statement regarding the SEC Championship game and the controversial play involving Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinton Dial and Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray. The SEC offices have reviewed the video of the play, and declined to suspend Dial.
The statement reads as follows:
The Southeastern Conference has completed its review of video from the 2012 SEC Football Championship Game. Several plays involving both teams were reviewed. After review, all subsequent action will be handled internally by the two institutions and the conference office is satisfied with their actions.
Much has been written about whether a suspension would be handed down by the league office after the crushing hit by Dial. This statement indicates that a review determined that there was no illegality to the hit on Murray, and that the matter is settled.
Alabama faces Notre Dame on January 7 for the BCS National Championship, and Crimson Tide fans are happy about the news that Dial will now apparently be available for play against the Fighting Irish.
The statement also indicated that other plays were reviewed, including a blatant eye poke by Georgia’s Sheldon Dawson on Tide defensive back Dee Milliner.