Tuberville: Fire the CMU-Oklahoma State replay crew
Count Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville among those who believe the Central Michigan-Oklahoma State officiating crews got off light with two-game suspensions.
Tuberville thinks the Big 12 replay crew, which didn't reverse a game-deciding untimed snap that incorrectly was awarded to CMU, should be canned.
"I don't blame the (on-field) officials as much. You've got to blame them a little bit," Tuberville said Monday on the American Athletic Conference weekly coaches teleconference. "But the people in instant replay, there's no excuse for that. They should be done."
The on-field MAC officiating crew incorrectly awarded CMU an untimed snap after Cowboys QB Mason Rudolph was flagged for intentional grounding on fourth down with time expired in regulation. The Big 12 replay officials didn't reverse the call, and the Chippewas scored on a Hail Mary hook-and-ladder play to win 30-27.
"Things are going a lot faster for the officials on the field; I think they lean on the instant-replay people a lot more than probably they should," Tuberville said.
"But bottom line, they dropped the ball, big-time. And unfortunately Oklahoma State suffered this consequence. It would be like having 12 men on the field and the instant-replay guy not seeing it at the end of the game, or getting a fifth down like Colorado did (against Missouri in 1990). This can't happen.
"The people involved in this should not be allowed to do games anymore."
A former member of the NCAA rules committee, Tuberville said he was an original proponent of using instant replay to rectify missed calls, and still is. When asked if he'd favor the formation of an appeals committee to possibly overturn outcomes such as CMU-Oklahoma State, Tuberville said, "I don't think we should go that far."
"Obviously you can't control what the people up there (in the replay booth) are thinking," he said.
"I think we make as many mistakes now with instant replay for some reason, with the people in the box, (as) we do on the field. And again, I was huge for instant replay. Still am. ... Unfortunately here you had people in the box that didn't get the job done. I mean, it's basically their fault."