After further review ... athletic directors approve of "important changes to the replay process and protocol" made by the Pac-12.
In fallout from the controversial overturned targeting call in the Washington State-USC game last month, athletic directors from around the Pac-12 Conference have disciplined “certain” personnel in the conference office for inappropriately influencing a replay official.
A vague press release from the conference Wednesday did not specify who was being disciplined or what the discipline entailed.
Woodie Dixon, the Pac-12’s general counsel who oversees football, was named in a Yahoo Sports report earlier this month as the “third party” individual who influenced the overturned targeting call in the WSU-USC game.
The Pac-12’s internal review found that Dixon’s involvement in the replay process was an “isolated incident,” according to the press release.
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Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, in an interview at Husky Stadium last Saturday, acknowledged an error in the replay system protocol but otherwise defended the conference’s handling of officiating procedures.
Pac-12 athletic directors met in San Francisco this week to review the conference’s officiating protocols.
The athletic directors released a joint statement Wednesday, which read in part: “The Conference office has acknowledged that mistakes have been made in our football replay process specific to the USC vs. Washington State game played on Sept. 21, 2018. The Conference office has taken action with the personnel involved with the game and have made important changes to the replay process and protocol. These revisions have been presented to the Athletic Directors and we support the changes that have been implemented. Moving forward, we have confidence in the integrity of our process and the personnel charged with monitoring the process.”