Whether you agreed with it, Southern Methodist Coach Larry Brown raised an interesting point about the goaltending call that gave UCLA a one-point win over his team Thursday.
The veteran coach didn't complain about the decision itself. His beef was that while parts of the determining play were reviewable using instant replay, the most important aspect was not.
Game officials checked whether UCLA guard Bryce Alford was behind the three-point line when he launched the ball. But whether SMU forward Yanick Moreira touched it, whether it was over or on the rim — and whether the shot had a chance to go in — was not, by rule, allowed an additional look.
"Why would you have all these TV people and [not] take five seconds and review a goaltending?" Brown asked.
Art Hyland, secretary-rules editor for the
"In the past, interest in specific rules changes has often been generated by high profile situations which have occurred in the NCAA tournament," Hyland said in an email. "Based on the interest in the recent goaltending call in the UCLA-SMU game, I would expect that the committee would want to reexamine the Instant Replay rule to see if goaltending and/or basket interference or any other judgment calls should be included in the list of reviewable plays."
Sports has the technology to get the calls right. It just doesn't always use it.
The same play in an
The league requires "clear and conclusive" visual evidence to overturn officials' calls — which just makes it a different kind of judgment call.
Last spring, for example, in Game 5 of the
In the NFL, last season's win by Dallas over Detroit in a wild-card game was tainted when a pass interference call on the
The call would have given the
The league's competition committee probably will take a look at that situation and others when it meets next week.
Major League Baseball does not allow instant replay for judgment calls on balls and strikes, obstruction, interference, infield-fly calls and check swings.
It didn't used to apply review to calls at the bases, either, until after a 2010 game in which Detroit Tigers pitcher
Last season, baseball adopted instant replay for ground-rule doubles, fan-interference calls, boundary calls, force plays at all bases, tag plays on the base paths, catch/trap calls on balls hit into the outfield, time plays — such as whether a run scored before the third out — whether a runner passed a preceding runner, and scorekeeping issues, including the count, number of outs, score or substitutions.
Soccer does not use video replays, but missed calls are frequently replayed in slow motion to viewers all over the world.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has long resisted giving game officials technological help, but for the first time his board of directors is considering the use of video replay on a trial basis. Plans discussed last month called for a video assistant watching on television to communicate with the referee via a headset. The only calls considered reviewable would be penalties, fouls before goals and red cards.
"I believe we will look back in 20 years' time and say, 'Wasn't it quaint that we didn't use the available technology to help referees?'" Greg Dyke, chairman of the English Football Assn. told reporters. "I think the referees themselves are now up for trying it out somewhere."
Tennis adopted replay technology in 2006, but that failed to head off an incident at the 2009
The nonreviewable ruling gave
In a January game at Detroit, Red Wings defenseman
The play was not reviewable because rules did not allow for video review on plays in which the puck goes out of bounds. But the outcry and embarrassment helped lead to a tweaking of the rules put into effect for this season.
The Kings eventually lost the game, and a point in the standings. But the season turned out well. They won the Stanley Cup.
SMU's season is over.