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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

November 24, 2014 at 10:09 PM

An odd admission on officiating from the Pac-12 office . . .

Late Monday night came a release from the Pac-12 office that it admits errors on two of three touchdown overturns it made during a bizarre sequence in the Cal-Stanford game. On one Cal drive in the third quarter, the Bears had three scores overturned, eventually settling for a field goal.

The admission is admirable, but it poses a question: Is the league office saying it’s going to ‘fess up every time it feels replay officials blow a decision? Or is this one being done because a three-overturn sequence — one that Cal coach Sonny Dykes Saturday called “shameful” — begs for an explanation?

In any case, here’s the release:

PAC-12 CLARIFIES REPLAY REVIEWS IN STANFORD-CALIFORNIA GAME

SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference acknowledged that its instant replay crew made two errors in the Stanford-California game Saturday, November 22, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.

During a California possession late in the third quarter, the instant replay crew reviewed three consecutive on-field touchdown calls by the game officials on one California offensive possession.

The NCAA Playing Rules state that to reverse an on-field ruling, the replay official must be convinced beyond all doubt by indisputable video evidence.

Through the Conference’s officiating and game management review process, it was determined that there was not enough evidence through video replay for the instant replay crew to overturn the second and third touchdown calls made by the officials on the field.

The replay crew will be held accountable for the errors through the Conference’s disciplinary process.

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