Nov 26, 2011; Murfreesboro, TN, USA; Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders head coach Rick Stockstill leaves the field after his team is defeated 31-18 by the Florida International Golden Panthers at Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

NCAA referee stops football game, tells Middle Tennessee State band to stop playing (Video)


Is there a full moon in our near future or something? Talk about some really oddball events taking place.

Not only did we have an NBA game canceled tonight due to ‘unsafe playing conditions’ but during a game between Middle Tennessee State and Marshall, a referee stopped play to….inform the band to stop playing?

Yep – it happened.

The game was a huge matchup for the Conference USA and accidentally (or maybe not so accidentally) the Middle Tennessee State band could be heard playing while the Marshall Thundering Heard went to the line to take their snap. Nobody thought anything of it, except for one referee who began to blow his whistle.

Then this happened:

While it’s not exactly a well known rule (simply because it almost never needs to be brought up), a band is not allowed to make noise which would prohibit a team from hearing play calls/signals, thus, the request to stop making any noise.

MTS ended up winning the game in a shootout, 51-49.

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