Mountain West adjusts replay policy


The Mountain West Conference announced one major video replay change Friday following continuing fallout from a botched call in the San Diego State-BYU game last week.

People who work for the home team or are alumni of the home team will no longer be allowed to serve as the communicator during video replays. There are three people involved in instant replay decisions in the booth. The communicator talks with the television production crew to get the best video feed.

In a statement, the league said, " The new policy is effective immediately and is consistent with existing guidelines for the on-field and head replay officials."

San Diego State was the victim of a bad call late in the third quarter of a loss to BYU. Running back JJ Di Luigi appeared to fumble, but officials on the field ruled his knee was down before the ball came out. San Diego State coach Brady Hoke asked for a video review, but the call was upheld. BYU ended up scoring a touchdown on the drive to go up 24-14.

It was later found out that one of the replay officials is a member of the BYU athletic department.

The Mountain West athletic directors held a conference call Friday to discuss the matter. The league further said a comprehensive review of the entire MWC football instant replay system and procedures would begin. It is anticipated the review will culminate with a full report at the Mountain West Conference spring meetings in May.