P.J. Fleck got flagged for helping Tyler Johnson 'too soon' according to B1G head of officials
Tyler Johnson is a wide receiver for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. He is one of three standout pass-catchers that have helped lead the way in Minnesota’s 9-1 start to the season.
The team lost its first game this past Saturday when it went to Kinnick Stadium and fell to Iowa 23-19. It was a great game where one play could have made the entire difference.
On one play in particular, Johnson tried catching a ball to convert on fourth down, but missed it and appeared to get hurt on the play after a Hawkeye defender took what appeared to be a late hit on the receiver.
Johnson was on the ground. Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck went to go check on his player to make sure he was OK. The result?
A flag for Fleck. The late hit got a flag as well, but Fleck’s flag ultimately cost the Gophers a turnover on downs. Fleck went on after the game to take full responsibility.
After the game, though, Fleck apparently got a text from Big Ten’s head of officials Bill Carollo:
#Gophers coach PJ Fleck said on @wccoradio he got a text message from #B1G head of officials Bill Carollo that said Fleck didn’t do anything wrong in running on the field to help Tyler Johnson but did it too soon. That drew the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
— Andy Greder (@andygreder) November 17, 2019
According to Carollo, Fleck just needed to wait a bit longer to check on Johnson. Then he would have been fine. However, Fleck went too soon.
This has got to irritate Golden Gopher fans.