MADISON, Wis. -- In the aftermath of the most controversial loss this college football season, all Gary Andersen could stress was accountability. Nothing would change Wisconsin's 32-30 defeat against Arizona State on Saturday night, but somebody in charge needed to acknowledge referees botched the game's final sequence to provide at least a small measure of closure.
As Andersen, Wisconsin's first-year coach, held his weekly Monday press conference, an answer arrived. The Pac-12 Conference admitted officials incorrectly let time expire before the Badgers could spike the ball to set up a potential game-winning field goal.
Yet even as Wisconsin's sports information director read the statement aloud, Andersen could do nothing but shrug his shoulders.
"It doesnt change the outcome obviously," Andersen said. "I dont expect that. But it's accountability, which at the end of the day, thats what we asked for."
The statement, though necessary, ultimately proved to be of little consequence...