Neither Syracuse senior linebacker Antwaune Ponds nor university athletic officials were commenting today about a spitting incident involving Ponds and a Tulane coach.
The incident occurred in the immediate aftermath of Syracuse's 30-19 victory Saturday night at the Carrier Dome and was captured on videotape by a television news crew.
The incident took place after the game ended with a 98-yard interception return by Syracuse's Tebucky Jones. On the play, Syracuse defensive back Rod Gadson was cut down from behind by Tulane's John Wilson. The play drew a penalty flag for clipping and resulted in a knee injury to Gadson.
While most Syracuse players rushed to the end zone to congratulate Jones, some rushed to attend Gadson, including Ponds. Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni also stormed the field to assail game officials about the play.
A shouting match broke out between the two teams and soon threatening gestures followed before the sides were separated. Ponds is shown on the videotape spitting on Tulane strength and conditioning coach Mike Iosia.
In other college football news, Iowa junior linebacker Vernon Rollins will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Saturday's 63-20 win over Iowa State. The 6-foot-3, 242-pounder recorded seven tackles and four assists in three games this season.