Discretion the key in celebration penalty calls

It's time to throw the flag on officials for overzealously calling celebration penalties, Rod Gilmore writes.

Updated: November 9, 2005, 12:27 PM ET
By Rod Gilmore | Special to ESPN.com
It's time to throw a flag on officials for overzealously calling celebration penalties -- particularly when a game is hanging in the balance. It's time to rewrite the rule or remind officials how to use their discretion properly and not throw the flag.

Saturday's Vanderbilt-Florida game brought this issue into focus once again. As noted by my good friend and colleague Rece Davis on GameDay Final Extra, an official made a terrible late-game celebration penalty call that might have cost Vandy a chance to win in regulation. Florida won 49-42 in double overtime. Let's revisit the situation:

Rod Gilmore

College Football analyst
Rod Gilmore serves as an ESPN studio analyst on SportsCenter and College Football Live, and provides commentary on ESPN's Friday night game telecasts. He writes regularly for ESPN Insider.

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