Wake Forest review: The flop

Army linebacker Steve Ricciardi and LeBron James were mentioned in the sentence.

A video of Ricciardi’s flop, trying to draw a 15-yard penalty late in Army’s 24-21 loss to Wake Forest, made it rounds on social media. Ricciardi took a dive after Wake Forest center Cory Helms barely touched him with his right arm.

ESPN released the video on its SportsCenter Twitter account. The tweet read, “This Army LB has a flop SO BAD it would even make LeBron James proud.” The dive was nominated for a SportsCenter Not-so Top 10 play.

Army’s football program was getting national press for the wrong reason.

Army coach Jeff Monken said he spoke to Ricciardi about the play.

“He apologized to me about it,” Monken said. “He’s trying to make a play at the end. There’s42 seconds to go.  And he’s trying to make something happen – a penalty, stop the clock, get them 15 yards, give us a better chance. He’s trying to win the game. It wasn’t malicious in intent. But, it’s not the way we are going to play the game here. I talked to him about that. That’s not being a good sportsman.”

Ricciardi politely declined comment about practice Monday.

“He’s trying everything he can think of and he doesn’t need to do that,” Monken said. “That’s not his job. His job is just do his job and that’s the case with everybody. Just play the fundamentals and technique you are taught, play your assignments and win the game. We didn’t do that and credit goes to Wake Forest. They did a good job and got it done.”

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