Iowa State AD goes on 2 ½-minute tirade about call
Oct. 04, 2014
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard went on a 2 ½-minute postgame tirade about a call that he believes was pivotal in the Cyclones' 37-20 loss to No. 21 Oklahoma State on Saturday.
With the score tied at 6 late in the second quarter, the officials ruled Oklahoma State's Desmond Roland was stopped just short of the goal line as time expired in the first half. The play was reviewed and the call reversed, giving the Cowboys a 13-6 lead.
Pollard said something had to be done this time.
"Coach (Paul) Rhoads and I have tried to deal with that internally and have tried to do it the right way, but it's no longer fair to put our student-athletes, our coaching staff and our fans in that position."
Pollard said it was the latest in a string of bad calls against the Cyclones in recent years. He didn't say specifically which calls he was referring to, but two situations stand out.
In a basketball game in February 2013, the Big 12 Conference admitted that "officiating errors" were made late in Kansas' overtime victory over the Cyclones.
Iowa State led 90-88 late in regulation. The officials did not call a block or a charge when Jayhawks guard Elijah Johnson collided with Iowa State's Georges Niang, who appeared to have his feet set, and Niang was whistled for a holding foul after Johnson's shot missed and the ball was loose on the floor. Johnson made two free throws to force overtime, and Kansas rallied for a 108-96 victory in Ames.
In a football game last season, Iowa State led Texas 30-24 with 3:30 remaining. Texas drove to the Iowa State 1-yard line before running back Johnathan Gray apparently fumbled and Jeremiah George recovered for the Cyclones. Officials ruled that Gray's forward motion had stopped, so he hadn't fumbled. After a review, the call was upheld. The Longhorns scored the winning touchdown three plays later.
Pollard said apologies won't matter this time.
"That ends careers for football coaches, ADs and presidents, so something's got to be done," he said. "I don't know what it is, but there needs to be more accountability on what happens in certain situations."
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