Thanks for the reply. However, I think one of the issues that may have caused problems was the fact that the ball did not travel the required 15 yards. Remember, they kicked from the 35 and recovered the kick on the other team's 32 so the ball only traveled 13 yards.
And the solution is only "common sense" if you aren't hurt by the decision!
Ah, I wasn't even looking at the math. I assumed it went 15 yards without reading into it. I can now see how this got screwed up. They didn't realize they kicked from the 35. When the ball was recovered, it would have been a legal recovery had the ball been actually kicked from the 30. If we determined and then ruled that the ball was kicked from the 35, then by rule the ball was not legally recovered as it only went 13 yards. The ball will belong to the receiving team at the 32. There would be no re-kick. Now that I think about it, I don't think I would move the ball 5 yards as previously posted. No reason to screw up twice. Set the ball up for the receiving team and move on.
You also have offsides then by B. They are not lined up on the proper restraining line and in fact are over it. Well thats the arguement I would make if I was Team A and did not recover it. Since ball is placed for kick at 35 you should move B back. See we have a real mess. Someone gets hurt here because the officiaiting crew failed to line up em up right to begin with. I have no issues with a replay being done here. No one rule says you can or cannnot. Generally the book is about what you can not do. Overall it is a tough situation for all involved.
Crew messed up and there is no doubt about it. I am suprised no one on team B coaching staff caught this before ready for play as well.
Back when I first got started 12 years ago we did this. We messed up and allowed a kick off from 35. It was the opening kick off and it went deep. No harm no foul.
Rule Decisions Final
ARTICLE 9. No rule decision may be changed after the ball is next legally
snapped, legally free-kicked or the second or fourth periods have ended (Rules
3-2-1-a, 3-3-4-e-2 and 11-1-1).
Also you could make the arguement that officials lined up the kick off unfairly and invoke this section of the rules. In this case 3-D.
ARTICLE 3. The following are unfair acts:
a. While the ball is in play any person other than a player or an official
interferes in any way with the ball, player or an official.
b. A team refuses to play within two minutes after ordered to do so by the
c. A team repeatedly commits fouls for which penalties can be enforced only
by halving the distance to its goal line.
d. An obviously unfair act not specifically covered by the rules occurs during
the game (A.R. 4-2-1-II).
PENALTY—The referee may take any action he considers equitable,
which includes directing that the down be repeated, including
assessing a 15-yard penalty, awarding a score, or suspending or
forfeiting the game [S27].