If yesterday's experience with referee Steve Pamon' s crew is an indication of the Big Ten's instant-replay system, Commissioner Jim Delany can expect calls for refinement.
The Big Ten technical adviser at the UCF-Wisconsin game picked two consecutive plays in the second quarter to review, overturning decisions both times, though the second call of spotting the ball took three tries to get right.
UCF was spared one touchdown because of a replay, but gave up another that could have been overturned if it had been reviewed.
Officials weren't helped by a constant miscommunication between the official clock operator and the stadium clock, which had to be reset several times.
"I'm going to tell you what, it slows the game down," acting coach Dave Huxtable said, but that wasn't his primary beef. He left for the team hotel scratching his head about what parameters the "guy in the booth" uses to decide what plays to review and what plays to let stand.
"I don't know what makes them decide when to use it and when not to use it," he said.
UCF Athletic Director Steve Orsini decided at the Mid-American Conference's football kickoff that his school would follow the MAC's suggestion to use replay against Wisconsin and in two weeks at Penn State. The MAC and Big Ten are partners in the replay experiment.
-- From News Services