MSU in con­tact with SEC of­fice re­gard­ing of­fi­ci­at­ing at Alabama

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Sev­eral con­tro­ver­sial calls in Mis­sis­sippi State's 24-0 loss at Alabama this past Satur­day have MSU of­fi­cials in con­tact with the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence.

It's com­mon for coaches to send in plays for league of­fi­cials to re­view each week. In that re­gard, Mis­sis­sippi State head coach Joe Moor­head said at his weekly press con­fer­ence on Mon­day things were busi­ness as usual.

“It was stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure,” Moor­head said. “It was a list of plays that we sent in and a re­sponse is forth­com­ing.”

How­ever, Moor­head noted that Mis­sis­sippi State Di­rec­tor of Ath­let­ics John Co­hen is “han­dling the rest of it.”

Co­hen told 247Sports on Sun­day that he had per­son­ally com­mu­ni­cated with the SEC's co­or­di­na­tor of foot­ball of­fi­cials Steve Shaw and SEC Com­mis­sioner Greg Sankey.

“Both have as­sured me that Satur­day's game with Alabama will be fully re­viewed,” Co­hen told 247Sports. “They also stated that official is­sues will be iden­ti­fied swiftly and dealt with di­rectly.”

There were a num­ber of plays on Satur­day that re­sulted in the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween MSU and the league of­fice.

In the first quar­ter on Alabama's open­ing drive, Crim­son Tide run­ning back Damien Har­ris looked to have fum­bled. Re­plays seemed to in­di­cate the ball was in­deed fum­bled, how­ever play was never stopped for an official re­view and Har­ris was ruled down. Alabama later scored its first touch­down on the drive.

In the sec­ond quar­ter, MSU looked to have scored a touch­down on a pass from quar­ter­back Nick Fitzger­ald to run­ning back Kylin Hill, how­ever State re­ceiver Ded­drick Thomas was flagged for a block in the back even as re­plays clearly dis­played Thomas barely, if at all, con­tacted the Alabama de­fender.

In all, Mis­sis­sippi State was flagged seven times on Satur­day. Alabama was never pe­nal­ized.

Ac­cord­ing to Moor­head, if nor­mal pro­ce­dure is fol­lowed, MSU should re­ceive a re­sponse back from the league around mid­week. Mis­sis­sippi State will bat­tle Arkansas at home at 11 a.m. on Satur­day and the Bull­dogs seem op­ti­mistic that they'll be close to full strength.

Run­ning back Kylin Hill has been deal­ing with a lower body in­jury since the LSU game on Oc­to­ber 20, how­ever he has only missed one game, has played in the last two and is listed still as day-to-day.

Also listed as day-to-day is line­backer Sh'mar Kil­byLane (lower body) and de­fen­sive back Jaquar­ius Lan­drews (lower body). Kilby-Lane is ex­pected to be avail­able on Satur­day and Moor­head said the Bull­dogs are “cau­tiously op­ti­mistic” on Lan­drews.

Line­backer Leo Lewis, who missed the Alabama game due to sick­ness, is ex­pected back this week as well.

With Alabama de­feat­ing Mis­sis­sippi State on Satur­day, the Bull­dog coach­ing staff didn't hand out any in­ter­nal awards for play­ers of the week.

How­ever one MSU player did earn honors for his work in the class­room.

Of­fen­sive line­man Deion

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(Photo by Butch Dill, AP)

Mis­sis­sippi State head coach Joe Moor­head talks with play­ers in a time­out dur­ing the sec­ond half of last Satur­day's game against Alabama.

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