Colorado Head Coach Tad Boyle Calls for an End to Replay in College Basketball

By Paul Seaver
Ron Chenoy-USA Today Sports

Colorado head coach Tad Boyle was not happy following Thursday night’s loss to Arizona and rightfully so.

The controversial ending to regulation in which Sabatino Chen‘s game-winning buzzer beater was waved off following a review from the referees has sparked an instant debate into whether or not the correct decision was made.

Check out the video and picture breakdown of the controversial call by clicking here.

Following the Buffaloes’ overtime loss, Boyle told ESPN‘s Andy Katz that instant replay needs to go:

“Get rid of instant replay. In basketball, football, human error is part of our game. If human error is part of the game, let the officials call the game. Players, coaches and officials will make mistakes. It’s part of the game. We spend all this money on replays and we still can’t get it right. Get rid of it.”

Clearly frustrated, Boyle makes a great argument in relation to the referee’s impact on the game. Human errors are made all the time and coaches across the country like Boyle coach the game around it, probably even telling players that mistakes will happen and that teams need to respond after the fact.

Given the current replay system, Colorado was forced into overtime, although many believe that the game should have ended in thrilling fashion off the hands of Chen. Arizona responded at home with all the momentum in the world, taking advantage of a devastated Buffaloes’ squad that blew a 17-point lead in the contest.

Personally, I believe that replay is important to the game, similar to other sports, but every so often these mistakes and controversial situations occur despite its efforts. So, like Boyle is saying, what’s the point?

An on-the-court decision was made by one referee following Chen’s three, in which the signal for a made basket was issued. It should have come down to, did the referees have enough video evidence to overturn the call, not a straight review of the situation.

However, the same argument can be made from the opposite side of the situation, the ESPN clock on the telecast could have and according to one picture in the above link, was off a tenth of a second off.


Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS


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