I think most people are in agreement that it was a terrible call but the idea that there was an ongoing conspiracy appears to be ridiculous
- Every single Notre Dame football game is officiated by a conference with a financial incentive for ND to lose. Every single freaking one. (This is doubly true after we started 0-2, thereby all but guaranteeing any bowl bid we get will come at the expense of an ACC school.) No one has ever come up with an adequate explanation to square that inarguable reality with the idea that we get all these calls as the result of some grand plan.
- If for some reason the ACC refs WERE going to screw our opponents to help us out, they'd be a hell of a lot smarter about it than making up easily debunked offsides calls against them.
The conspiracy theorists found an official with an Irish sounding last name (Fitzgerald), then blamed him for the offsides call and another bad one last week against N. Carolina. Turns out he made neither of those calls. The ACC didn't make a statement about the officials, which fed into the uproar.
Rank anti-Irish bias, although the calls were awful. Who would have thought ACC officials would be accused of siding with the Irish?
I think it pointed out that Fitzgerald worked last year's NC game, to boot.