OU mulls canceling Washington game over ref dispute
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma would consider canceling its game at Washington in 2008 if the Pacific 10 Conference doesn't change its rule requiring league officials to be used at its home stadiums, Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday.
Mel Kiper offers his thoughts on the Pac-10's handling of the officiating problems during Oregon's win over Oklahoma Sep. 16.
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Jim Muldoon, associate Pac-10 commissioner, said the league will examine the issue when athletic directors meet Oct. 12.
The Sooners lost 34-33 at Oregon on Saturday, and Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen has since said that two incorrect calls by the league's officials on Oregon's behalf changed the outcome of the game.
On Monday, Oklahoma president David Boren sent a letter to Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg asking him to pursue having the Pac-10 remove its officiating policy.
"I think there's no question that [athletic director] Joe Castiglione and I and President Boren, if that rule is not changed that we may reconsider that game, and I think it's justified. We'll look into that."
Oklahoma defeated Washington 37-20 on Sept. 9 in the first game of the home-and-home series.
The Sooners also played a home-and-home series against UCLA of the Pac-10 in 2003 and 2005. The game at Oregon concluded a series that began in Norman in 2004.
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