The Arkansas Razorbacks today announced that they will shut down the remainder of the football season tonight at midnight unless Texas A&M reduced 14 points from their final score on last Saturday’s game.
The score reduction would give the Razorbacks a 2 point victory and match the Razorback’s win total from last year. This would also mark the first time since 2010 that the Razorbacks opened SEC play with a win.
“I feel like there were at least 2 instances where a hold should have been called that enabled A&M to score and a pass interference should have been called that we would have surely scored on as a result,” Razorback Head Coach Bret Bielema tells us. “We started looking at what congress was doing today and it made a lot of sense. So effective midnight tonight we will cancel our season until we get those points back.”
Arkansas issued a statement saying the only way they would restore the season is if A&M relinquishes their 14 points, or allows Arkansas to play an additional 2 minutes of regulation in Razorback Stadium without a defensive opponent. The Razorbacks have said that they will not count the ensuing games as forfeits, so no losses will accrue on their season totals. Season ticket holders will not be allowed into the stadium, and will not receive reimbursement for their tickets.
“I truly feel sorry for all the fans that will have to miss the remainder of the games because A&M conspired with the officials, “Razorback athletic director Jeff Long tells us. “To show my sympathy I will also forfeit any reimbursement on my season tickets along with all football personnel. Bret Bielema has additionally said he will donate all lucky windbreakers to a charity auction to raise money for the Razorback Foundation in this time period.”
When reached for comment about the stance made by the Razorbacks, A&M athletics director Eric Hyman told us “Why in the world would I give up the points. It was a game already played and finalized. I can’t believe fans would empower anyone to run their athletic department that behaved like this.”