Conference USA Suspends ECU's Blacknall

IRVING, Texas – Conference USA has suspended East Carolina football player Derek Blacknall as a result of a flagrant personal foul he committed against a Southern Miss player in last Saturday's game played in Hattiesburg.

The play occurred at the 11:24 mark of the fourth quarter when Quentin Pierce of Southern Miss was attempting to catch a pass and was hit helmet-to-helmet by Blacknall. Pierce left the game with symptoms of a concussion.

A personal foul was ruled by the game officials. Article 2 of NCAA Football Rule 9, Section 6 directs an automatic video review by the conference for possible additional sanctions before the next scheduled game, as protecting a defenseless player from a hit to the head has been a point of emphasis for the past few years.

The conference reviewed the play with Dave Parry, the National Coordinator of Officials; and Rogers Redding, the NCAA Rules Committee Secretary-Rules Editor.

Blacknall will be suspended for this week's game against NC State, Saturday, Oct. 16.


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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Oct 14, 2010 at 01:31 PM
    Well as bad as I hate to say it as a diehard ECU, I'll have to agree with the suspension. I'd hate for someone else to do it to one of our guys. Hopefully a lesson will be learned by all the ECU players. GO PIRATES!
  • by bear Location: alabama on Oct 14, 2010 at 08:09 AM
    If the guy would have jumped at all it would have been a great hit. Blacknell jumped before the other guy did and was not watching the ball. The happens all the time in the SEC and BIG 10. Its football if you dont want to get hit play golf....
  • by To Jack on Oct 13, 2010 at 06:08 PM
    The Wolfpack is allowing an average of 22 points/game. ECU is allowing an average of 42 points/game. So your hopes of NCSU's defense being just as bad are a little far fetched. Guess we'll see on Saturday.
  • by west florida grad Location: greenville on Oct 13, 2010 at 01:43 PM
    Derek, Your taking it upon yourself to even things up in a physical game I applaud you. As for CUSA they have to do what they deam is correct too. I say good hit.
  • by Jack Location: Greenville on Oct 13, 2010 at 10:48 AM
    I sure hope the Wolfpack's defense is just as bad as the Pirate defense. I really don't know if the Pirates could stop North Pitt from scoring 30 points. Hope we win in a shootout
  • by Pirates Location: ENC on Oct 13, 2010 at 10:48 AM
    Unfortunately, I have to agree with this suspension. That hit was clearly over the line, and could have done some serious damage. However, the ejection earlier in the game for the supposed helmet to helmet hit was not only a bad call, but he never should have been ejected.
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Oct 13, 2010 at 10:36 AM
    He should plead temporary insanity,it was a dangerous play both to himself and the USM player.
  • by Independent on Oct 13, 2010 at 07:49 AM
    Why should ECU comply with CUSA's decision, what has this conference done for ECU?
  • by #1Pirate Location: ENC on Oct 13, 2010 at 07:18 AM
    Somebody on ECU's defense finally makes a hit and they penalize the team for it. Figures....
  • by PirateFan Location: Tarboro on Oct 13, 2010 at 06:20 AM
    Jacobs has not been Suspended! Jacobs was ejected from the game and shouldn't have been. He was just finishing a tackle and accidentally let his helmet hit the opponent's helmet. Blacknall's hit was pretty flagrant. I wouldn't want D. Harris to be blind-sided like that. CUSA just always chooses ECU to make an example of, like when they fined us for storming the field after beating WVU. Then later in the year Rice stormed the field after beating Houston and nothing became of it.
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