Despite Kevin Sumlin’s inquiry to the SEC, the league is not expected to punish Alabama LB Mack Wilson for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Texas A&M wide receiver Speedy Noil.
The SEC is expected to review the hit and determine whether a penalty should have been called. However, AL.com’s Michael Casagrande reported that Wilson would probably not be punished retroactively by the SEC, even if the conference determines a penalty should have been assessed.
“There have been cases in the past where the SEC went back and assessed penalties after the fact for egregious acts like punches or kicks,” Casagrande wrote. “This doesn’t reach that standard.”
Wilson made helmet-to-helmet contact with Noil on a tackle during a kickoff return. The officials did not call targeting at the time, and the play was not reviewed.
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Had the play been reviewed during the game and the hit determined to be targeting, Wilson would have been ejected.
Noil did not leave the game. He was examined by doctors after the hit and cleared to return to play.