Lollipop main subject at Beamer press conference
October 30, 2001

It has finally been revealed.

The flavor of the lollipop, that is.

Syracuse kicker Colin Barber and holder Jared Jones used the leftover stem of a butterscotch Dum Dum to line up a 45-yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter of Syracuse's 22-14 win over Tech. Barber made the field goal, which gave the Orangemen a 20-7 lead.

Tech's coaching staff went ballistic after they noticed Barber messing around on the turf before and after the kick. They brought this up to the officials and defensive coordinator Bud Foster even went out on the field and picked up the stem, but to no avail.

According to NCAA rules, kickers must kick field goals and extra points off the ground without the aid of any type of tee or device. In this case, the official missed the call, which hurt Tech. The five-yard penalty would have taken the Orangemen out of field goal range.

At the weekly press conference held Tuesday, a reporter placed a lollipop in Beamer's chair before he arrived, and when he arrived, he got a chuckle out of the joke. Then he addressed the issue - which has received national attention.

"First off, I would never accuse [SU head coach] Paul Pasqualoni of doing something that's not right," Beamer said. "We're too good of friends and I trust him.

"The way this all came up was when we saw the kicker picking something up off the ground after he kicked the ball. That was unusual. What would you be picking up? You don't need anything there. And I don't know how else a lollipop gets out there.

"And we asked our kickers - and you know, those kickers talk their own language - and they're like ╬Oh yeah, that's one of the things you do when you kick a long field goal.' They said it helps you determine your angle.

"But I'm not accusing. Actually, this thing has gone too far."

Tech kicker Carter Warley said that since Barber was on the right hash, he probably couldn't see the goal posts with his peripheral vision when he turned to kick and that's why he used the lollipop to align himself.

"It's only going to help him so much," Warley said. "It's not a big deal."

To Beamer's and the players' credit, all of them agreed the kick was not the reason the Hokies lost. As Beamer said, "we did too many things wrong to beat a good team."