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Football Officials Fired for Bad Call

November 4, 1998

GREENSBORO (AP) _ Four Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference officials were fired after the supervisor of officials ruled they missed a critical call that led to the winning score in last weekend’s William & Mary-Hampton game.

Umpire Leon Jones, field judge Wyane Randall, side judge Wyane Owens and back judge Keith Washington were fired. Referee Ralph Wilson, linesman George Moran and line judge Tod Reese were reassigned, MEAC spokesman Bradford Evans said.

The MEAC supervisor of officials, Johnny Grier, reviewed a tape of the game and concluded officials erred in allowing the final touchdown in the 41-34 game.

With about three minutes remaining and the score 34-34, William & Mary receiver Chris Rosier caught a pass near midfield and was immediately tackled. The side judge, believing Rosier was not down, did not blow his whistle. Rosier jumped up and ran for a touchdown, and the Tribe beat Hampton 41-34.

``The tape clearly shows that the pass receiver should have been ruled down,″ Grier said. ``The review of the game tape shows that four officials had a clear view of the play and failed to rule correctly. Because the nature of this error is more than just a judgment call, disciplinary action will be taken.″

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