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The Pac-12 will make immediate changes to how video replay reviews are handled after Commissioner Larry Scott admitted procedural mistakes were made when a targeting foul was not called during last month's Washington State-Southern California game.
Scott responded Thursday to a report on the review by Yahoo! Sports that cited an internal conference document. The document showed a replay official at the stadium believed he and officials working at the league's review command center had been overruled by a Pac-12 executive on a targeting call against Washington State linebacker Logan Tago on Sept. 21 at USC.
The report said the replay official at the game and the command center agreed that, in addition to the roughing the passer foul that was called on the field, a targeting penalty should also be enforced. That would have resulted in the ejection of Tago. The report said a "third party" did not agree and the targeting call was removed.
Scott acknowledged the third party was Woodie Dixon, the Pac-12's general counsel and senior vice president of business affairs who also oversees football. Dixon and director of officials David Coleman oversee the command center though they are not necessarily there during games; Dixon often attends games on Saturdays.
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