Yep, there is the mention that the referee has the option to disqualify a coach for a flagrant violation.
Ah ha. You changed your tune and admit I am right. Thank you.
… the first call is for a yardage penalty …
Wrong. The first unsportsmanlike conduct call is not a yardage penalty. The first call is for a fifteen yard penalty AND ejection at the official’s discretion if the infraction was severe.
Harbough was on the field during a play (as seen in the above photograph). That in itself should be an ejection. Then he compounded it by running towards the official and by contesting a decision with the two minute warning.
If the officials had thrown the flag earlier, the play would have been stopped. There wouldn’t have been a touchdown. The fifteen yards would have been from the original line of scrimmage.
… Considering the fact, though, that no coach in the NFL has ever been ejected …,
Wrong again. The fact is that there is no record of an NFL coach having been ejected. What about that big game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds? Oh yeah. That was before the NFL kept careful statics.
So saying that no coach in the NFL has ever been ejected is not a fact.
We’ve recently had another example of a coach on the field.
The officials could have ruled palpably unfair and awarded the Ravens a touchdown because Tomlin impeded the runner’s progress.
Yes. A team can be awarded points without having scored.
No penalty was called. At the very least Tomlin should have gotten nailed with an unsportsmanlike. However, on review by the league, Tomlin was slapped with a $100,000 fine and the Steelers may face loss of draft picks.
Other notable coaches who have been slapped are Belichek (fined $500,000) and Payton (suspended for the entire 2012 season and forfeited $5.8 million of his $7.1 million salary).
Just because they have laminated charts and highlighter magic markers doesn’t make them special.