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BAMAPHIN 22
09-26-2006, 08:46 AM
Conference USA suspended an instant replay official on Monday who overturned a fumble by Houston's Jeron Harvey in the second quarter of the Cougars' victory over Oklahoma State this weekend.

Following a challenge by Houston coach Art Briles, the replay official ruled that Harvey's forward progress had been stopped before the ball was stripped by Oklahoma State's Rodrick Johnson and recovered by the Cowboys.

Four plays later, Houston scored on a 27-yard pass from Kevin Kolb to Vincent Marshall to take a 24-17 halftime lead. Houston won 34-25.

The conference said in a news release that the play should not have been subject to review because "a runner's forward progress may only be reviewed to determine whether or not the forward progress results in a first down."

Further, the conference said the ruling on the field was correct. The suspended official was not identified.

"When we implemented instant replay, our goal was to get more calls right, which we have," conference commissioner Britton Banowsky said in the release. "In this case, by rule, the call on the field should not have been reviewed, for which the instant replay official will be suspended."

The conference did not give details on the official's suspension, citing conference policy.

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said the mistake just highlighted problems with replay.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/football/ncaa/09/25/bc.fbc.conferenceusa.of.ap/index.html

Oboy
09-26-2006, 12:56 PM
I wonder if they will do the same as the Pac 10... "due to understaffed refs, the suspended refs will be working". Saw that on College Game Day (they worked the USC vs Arizona game!). So they could ref another Stoops... Unreal.