Replay official who blew call granted leave of absence
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The instant replay official whose failure to overturn a bad call helped Oregon beat Oklahoma has been granted a leave of absence for the remainder of the football season by the Pac-10.
The league announced Wednesday that official Gordon Riese, who has already been suspended for a game by the Pac-10, requested a leave of absence.
Because Pac-10 replay officials work in crews, replay assistant Roger Judd also will not work any more games this season.
"Gordon Riese had a distinguished 28-year career as a Pac-10 official and, with the exception of Saturday, had done a fine job as a replay official," Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen said. "He is an individual with impeccable officiating credentials and unquestioned integrity. We look forward to his return next season."
Riese said Monday he feels like he is under siege after threatening phone calls -- including a death threat.
"They not only threatened me, they threatened my wife and kids," he said.
Riese said he has stopped answering the phone, and police are investigating the threatening calls while keeping an eye on his neighborhood.
Riese has said he was "struggling" with missing the call.
"I feel so bad I missed that call, it's driving me crazy," he said.
In the final minutes of Oregon's 34-33 comeback victory over Oklahoma, the Ducks recovered an onside kick that set up what turned out to be the winning touchdown.
Oregon's recovery of the onside kick should have been disallowed because the Ducks touched the ball before it went the required 10 yards.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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