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BAMAPHIN 22
09-20-2006, 09:57 AM
Southern California formally complained that ABC-TV's Brent Musburger revealed privileged information in play-by-play commentary during Saturday's game against Nebraska.

The university sent a letter to ESPN, which oversees sports programming on ABC, saying Musburger, with less than 10 minutes to play and the Trojans leading 21-10, began describing how USC quarterback John David Booty lets receivers know he has spotted a certain kind of coverage.

"John David told us that his signal when he finds one-on-one and they're coming, it's that 'hang loose,' that familiar sign you've seen surfers use," said Musburger, referring to the sign where the thumb and little finger are raised.

USC sports information director Tim Tessalone sent a formal complaint to ESPN/ABC game producer Bill Bonnell on Monday and sent a copy to the Pacific-10 conference office.

"We're supposed to be partners in this, but this is certainly going to make us think twice about trying to help them have as good a broadcast as possible," Tessalone said. "What he did was unconscionable."

Last Friday, announcers and producers met with coaches and star players as part of their game preparation. During the meeting, there was discussion about how a replay of the Ohio State-Texas broadcast showed Buckeyes quarterback Troy Smith tapping the top of his helmet to let receiver Ted Ginn Jr. know he's noticed one-on-one coverage.

Booty was asked if Southern California had a similar signal, and Booty told Musburger about his "hang loose" signal.

"We are very mindful of what we learn in pre-game meetings in terms in what is appropriate for broadcast and what is for our background. We're sorry this led to an unfortunate misunderstanding, which was never our intention," ESPN said in a statement released by spokesman Josh Krulewitz.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/football/ncaa/09/19/usc.musburger/index.html

Motion
09-20-2006, 10:26 AM
I can see both sides of this issue. Obviously they wouldn't have told him if they knew he was gonna tell the whole TV audience but at the same time why would you tell a TV announcer your audible signals?

Wombat
09-20-2006, 12:02 PM
I can see both sides of this issue. Obviously they wouldn't have told him if they knew he was gonna tell the whole TV audience but at the same time why would you tell a TV announcer your audible signals?

That's Booty for you.

Cuban Dave 9
09-20-2006, 12:08 PM
Booty is at fault...for being a surfing stoner

LouPhinFan
09-20-2006, 12:53 PM
Well it easily remedied. Just change signals. And don't tell Musberger what you're changing it to.

DolphinDevil28
09-20-2006, 12:55 PM
Booty is at fault...for being a surfing stoner

And he's from Louisiana!

Oboy
09-20-2006, 01:05 PM
What I want to know ... IS THIS REALLY that big of a deal?

I am willing to bet ANY team that actually does any amount of film study can figure out what the "man to man" signal is on any team. This just seems to be something out of nothing, IMO.

cnc66
09-20-2006, 01:11 PM
Well it easily remedied. Just change signals. And don't tell Musberger what you're changing it to.

tell the media you have given a new function the the stolen signal...it now means Mussburger is a "meathead" (or chose your own personal meaning)..... and then line up for the next game and have the whole team make the sign right before kickoff.

Motion
09-20-2006, 01:16 PM
What I want to know ... IS THIS REALLY that big of a deal?

I am willing to bet ANY team that actually does any amount of film study can figure out what the "man to man" signal is on any team. This just seems to be something out of nothing, IMO.

:yeahthat:

Roman529
09-20-2006, 01:22 PM
Next week Booty will be giving his tap-the-nose-pull-the-ear symbol that they give in baseball. Get over it college boy....USC is a bunch of rich crybabies.
:boohoo:

Stitches
09-20-2006, 01:45 PM
No joke, these one on one recognition signals are easy to dechipher.

Skeet84
09-20-2006, 05:26 PM
Like its going to be difficult to change the call to something else. This is really dumb. Don't want someone to know than don't tell him