Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer felt compelled to make some final statements Tuesday regarding the chop-block controversy that has boiled over the last few days involving his team and Georgia Tech's football program.
Beamer said he called Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson on Tuesday to apologize about a misstatement he made to media Monday regarding an alleged chop block on Virginia Tech free safety Kam Chancellor during Georgia Tech's final fourth-quarter touchdown run in its 28-23 win. Beamer said the play he was referring to actually took place in the third quarter during a 31-yard run by Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt.
Beamer went on to say he hopes to get other coaches on board with him on the concept that chop-blocking a defensive player that already has his upper body engaged in a blocking situation with another player should be watched more closely and penalized.
"It's not about Georgia Tech," he said. "It's about some things that happened within this game that I think are just wrong in general. I think they're dangerous, and that's the only thing I'm saying. I want to do what I think is right for the game."
In its last two games, against Virginia Tech and Virginia, Georgia Tech was only penalized once for an illegal block (in the first quarter against U.Va.).
Beamer said the Hokies submitted what they deemed to be several questionably officiated plays in the Georgia Tech game to the Atlantic Coast Conference office for further review and explanation.
"I'm all for chopping, cutting," Beamer said. "I think ... the problem comes when I can't see you and you're cutting me."
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