- Sumrall said after the game that it was ‘a fact’ that a facemask wasn’t called
- Troy went on to win the Sun Belt Conference championship over App State
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The Sun Belt Conference championship game almost became a wrestling match when Troy University coach Jon Sumrall lost his cool on the sidelines.
In the title match played against Appalachian State at Troy’s home stadium, referees withheld their flags on a 2nd and 9 late in the third quarter.
Sumrall believed that there should have been a facemask called on the field – something even the announcers agreed with.
He broke into a fit of rage – at first sprinting up the sideline at the officials and almost breaking onto the field.
Sumrall’s anger didn’t cease as he was seen clearly shouting for a facemask call – while the so-called ‘get back’ coach held onto the Trojans’ leader.
Troy head coach Jon Sumrall broke into a fit of rage after a blown facemask call by officials
But a ‘get back’ coach was able to restrain Sumrall from touching officials or getting on field
Sumrall is in the midst of his second season with the Trojans – and won the conference title
Sumrall tried breaking out of the grasp of whoever had the unenviable task of wrangling him – even seeming to make a dash at a line judge before the ‘get-back’ got to him.
Eventually, the second-year head coach calmed down – at least to the point where he wasn’t looking like he was fighting his own coaches.
When asked by reporters after the game about his ‘disagreement of opinion’ on the call, Sumrall jokingly said ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’
He continued: ‘There was no difference of opinion, it was a fact: it was a facemask… What’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong.’
Sumrall said that he ‘lost my cool one time in my first game here against Ole Miss when they missed a call too.’
He turned to his players saying, ‘I don’t usually get that mad in practice do I?’ – to which his Trojans said ‘No comment’.
Troy won the game and the Sun Belt title 49-23 to move to 11-2 on the season with a bowl game set to be announced.
A ‘get back coach’ is typically an unofficial role assigned to an assistant that is typically there to ensure the head coach doesn’t interfere in play, doesn’t get hit by players going out of bounds, or – in this case – to restrain him.