BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- The SEC office was busy sending out memos, with two issues pertaining to USC.
Commissioner Mike Slive said Thursday that his office sent out memos "clarifying" the rules on crowd noise and using tape on field goals. But he said no further action will be taken against any school.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier questioned whether it was legal for holders on field goals and extra points to mark their spots with tape, as Alabama did in its game against USC. Alabama coach Nick Saban replied that half the other league teams, including South Carolina, had done so last year, a fact Spurrier and Ryan Succop, last year's USC kicker, each disputed.
Slive said the league reacted by sending out a memo with a copy of the rule to every school.
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There would be no penalties for the schools who broke the rule, he said.
"That's the end of it," Slive said.
The commissioner also said the exchange between Saban and Spurrier did not fall under his edict from earlier this year that coaches not attack each other in the media, because it "was a comment about a specific fact."
As for the crowd noise, Slive said the memo was sent to athletics directors and game managers, clarifying when it can and cannot be used. USC athletics director Eric Hyman had complained that Alabama used artificial noise, while USC had previously had to stop using a rooster crow over its loudspeakers.
"We expect everyone to be on the same page starting Saturday," Slive said. "There are times when it's appropriate, and there are times when it's not appropriate, and that's what the memorandum clarifies."
It has been a busy week overall for the SEC office, which on Wednesday announced it was suspending an officiating crew until Nov. 14 after its blown calls in the Florida-Arkansas and Georgia-LSU games.
"These are teachable moments," Slive said. "You don't want to have teachable moments. But it'll make us better."