Tuesday night's Toledo-Central Michigan game will be remembered as a watershed moment in home-field advantage history.
With Toledo leading 21-17 and driving in the second half, Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, revved up the volume. Apparently, too much for the referee's liking.
This MAC ref is fed up with noisy Central Michigan cheerleaders pic.twitter.com/mOKyTz7Zjt
— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) November 11, 2015
Yes, the official tells the Chippewas' band and cheerleaders they cannot interrupt the snap. Bands and cheerleaders have been part of college football for more than a century. Their only role is to annoy the visiting team. That principle was questioned Tuesday.
Toledo won, 28-23, possibly thanks to a more friendly away environment in the fourth quarter.
The band was not even on the field.
And if a referee is going to give the band and cheerleaders a penalty, it should be "giving them the business."