Blown calls cause some to wonder: does replay really work?

Thursday, September 28th 2006, 3:34 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Instant replay in college football was intended to reduce the number of officiating errors but lately is creating more controversy than it solves.

Bad calls from the replay booth cost both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in recent games and led to suspensions of the replay officials involved.

Dave Parry with the Collegiate Commissioners Association and the Big Ten says replays are making the game better and that flaws and mistakes in the system are being corrected. He says the rules on replays could be amended to allow replay officials to review judgment calls such as pass interference, holding or other penalties.

But Parry says creating a system that is completely mistake-free would be impossible.

And OU coach Bob Stoops calls for patience despite his team suffering from a missed call. Stoops says this is just the second year for instant replay in college and he hopes the system gets better.