ESPNMiami vs. Virginia Tech was one bizarre football game. The ACC Coastal match-up featured a first quarter quarterback benching, compounding turnovers, a player barfing on the field right before a play, a massive comeback, the network cutting away from the game before it was over, and a successful hail mary. That last part got the ESPN broadcast duo of Mark Jones and Dusty Dvoracek some heat from Virginia Tech fans.Virginia Tech went up big on The U, after the Hurricanes managed to turn the ball over five times in their first six drives. Heading into the last play of the first half, Miami faced a 28-0 deficit, and looked pretty dump for all intents and purposes.Things started to turn around on the last play of the first half. N’Kosi Perry, who replaced Jarrett Williams after his disastrous start, let go a long Hail Mary, which was hauled in by Mark Pope for a touchdown to cut VT’s lead to 28-7.Miami pulls off the Hail Mary TD right before halftime 😱pic.twitter.com/Wq8dVEdI55— Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 5, 2019 The play clearly gave Miami a bit of life. After forcing a punt, Miami scored on its first drive of the second half, and wound up tying the game at 35 late in the game. They scored touchdowns on all but three drives in the second half to get back into the game.After coming back from a break, ESPN showed the booth reaction to the Hail Mary. Dvoracek was very fired up, and high-fived Jones after his call.Here they are high-fiving after the Miami Hail Mary TD earlier pic.twitter.com/l244OAiIEo— Cameron Overton (@coverton_) October 5, 2019Virginia Tech fans were very angry with the broadcast throughout the game, accusing the pair of Miami homerism. To Hokies, this Hail Mary, which seemed like it wouldn’t have a huge impact at the time, was the prime example.There were plenty of accusations of unprofessionalism being lobbed their way throughout the game.As someone with a journalism degree, if I went into a courtroom and high-fived my co-worker after a judge hands down a life sentence in a murder trial, I’d be fired.Not advocating he be fired, but they took a dump all over professionalism with that move.— Ryan Dye (@Ryan4VT) October 6, 2019That referee crew and Dusty Dvoracek should never work in this business again— Nick (@VTBox) October 5, [email protected] why are these two partisan hacks, Mark Jones & Dusty Dvoracek, doing this game? Caught on your broadcast twice highfiving after Mia score. Garbage!#VTvsMIA— Play Ball! (@boomerfan15) October 5, 2019What’s the deal with ESPN announcers Mark Jones and Dusty Dvoracek clapping in booth when Miami scored against VT – very classy ESPN #ESPN #collegegameday #Hokies— Sharon Conner (@sc2713) October 5, 2019After the game, Dvoracek took to Twitter to defend his excitement. He responded to an Awful Announcing article about various issues during the ESPN Miami-VT broadcast, saying it was his first time seeing a Hail Mary live, and he was excited.1st Hail Mary I’ve ever seen live in all my life being around football, let alone in a game Im calling.I get excited when I call a game.Especially when big plays happen.I’m not gonna apologize for that. Congrats to @HokiesFB on the win.The venom coming my way hurts and is trash https://t.co/HORfBFLlu8— Dusty Dvoracek (@DustyDvoracek) October 6, 2019That’s pretty understandable, honestly. Dvoracek is an Oklahoma alum, while Jones went to York University in his native Toronto. Neither is a ‘Cane, and if they were, plenty of broadcasters call their alma maters’ games without issue.To that point, both probably thought they were going to have to sit through a 48-7 slog. Calling a blowout can’t possibly be fun, so it seems reasonable that they were excited about the prospect of the game gaining some steam. As it turns out, they were right, as Miami had a chance to tie the game on its final play.The Hokies picked up a much needed 42-35 win, after a pretty huge collapse. That should be the bigger focus coming out of Blacksburg.
Jose Mourinho “annihilated” Manchester United before leaving Old Trafford, says Paul Parker, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer inheriting “a house without a roof”.A serious rebuilding project has been taken on by the current man at the Red Devils’ wheel.Solskjaer has been eager to point out as much, with the general consensus being that he is going to need time and money to fix the faults of the past. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career There is, however, no guarantee that patience will be shown, with questions already been asked of a coach who is struggling to generate positive performances and results.Parker believes another change in the dugout would be the wrong call, with Solskjaer having been handed a thankless task.The former United defender told Eurosport: “I’m not saying that you can’t get rid of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, or that you should.“You can change him, then someone will come in and people who don’t really understand the game will expect things to change for the better. But it will be the same tools in the box.“The best-case scenario is that the players’ mindset will change a little bit and the new man has a hell of a start.“He might get an extra mile out of them in the game because they want to do something for someone else – but then we’ll soon be back to square one. We’ve already seen it happen with Solskjaer.“I said the club should sack Jose Mourinho because he annihilated a lot of the players in the hope that it would motivate some of them to avoid being next.“That affected the whole club, from the playing staff to the back offices. That was why he had to go. He was destroying a club that is on the verge of being destroyed from above as well. That had to change.“By contrast, Ole came in and has tried his best to bring everyone back together, which he has done and some of the feel-good factor had come back to the club.“But it will make no difference at all what they do with Ole because Manchester United is like a house without a roof.“The people in charge are not looking after the roof properly, and now it’s getting a bit windy so the house is starting to wobble. And when the house wobbles, it affects the very foundations.”Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is another of those under serious pressure at Old Trafford, but it will be Solskjaer who pays the ultimate price if United fail to dig themselves out of their current rut. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.