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ISU's Rhoads reprimanded by Big 12 for comments

Paul Rhoads talks with an official during Thursday's loss. Paul Rhoads talks with an official during Thursday's loss.

Following a loss to Texas on Thursday, Iowa State Head Coach Paul Rhoads was critical of the officiating crew in the Cyclones 31-30 set back against the Longhorns.  Now, he's been reprimanded by the Big 12.

"I've got pretty good eye sight," Rhoads said.  "The view I had of that gigantic screen in the North end zone showed a player that was not down and our guy with the football."

In the fourth quarter with the Longhorns trailing by six, it looked like Texas running back Johnathan Gray fumbled the football on the one yard line with Iowa State recovering.  

However, Gray was ruled down by contact.  The play was reviewed and upheld. 

Two plays later, Texas scored the go-ahead touchdown.

The Big 12 reviewed the play and said there was no indisputable video evidence to overturn call.

After the game, Rhoads criticized the officiating crew.   On Saturday, the Big 12 issued a public
reprimand to the fifth year coach.

"Coach Rhoads violated Conference rules that prohibit coaches, student-athletes, athletic department staff and university personnel from making public comments about game officials," said Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby.  "Although more severe action was possible he is being issued a public reprimand.  Coach Rhoads is also put on notice that future incidents may result in a more serious penalty."

Iowa State travels to Texas Tech on Saturday.


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