Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Officials from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) have said it's policy not to publicly discuss officiating disputes, that after most fans left Malosky Stadium this past Saturday feeling the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) football team had been snubbed.
The Bulldogs lost 21-17 to Minnesota State-Mankato, with officials calling a holding penalty on a touchdown play in the final minute that would have put UMD in the lead.
Coaches and players for UMD were visibly upset by the call, which came just one play after an illegal motion penalty was called on the Bulldogs to negate another potentially game-winning play.
"The NSIC policy is not to released comments on official's calls to the media," assistant commissioner for media relations Nick Kordner wrote in an email. "The NSIC office does visit with coaches and athletic administrators if we feel there is something they should know."
UMD head coach Curt Wiese said via telephone on Monday night that he's been in contact with the NSIC and the NCAA, but he added that it's now more about fixing things for the future so this kind of controversy doesn't arise again.
The Bulldogs are now (2-1) this 2013 season and will next be in action on September 28 on the road against Wayne State.