After Iowa State AD’s rant, Big 12 commish will likely come a-calling

“Wanna get away?”

Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard will probably be ready to play the leading man the next time Southwest Airlines is ready to film its next commercial. 

Especially after Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby gets a look at the rant that Pollard went on Saturday after Iowa State lost to Oklahoma State 37-20 on FOX Sports 1. Pollard implied that the Big 12 was retaliating against Iowa State for some vote that was taken a year and a half ago, where they were the “lone vote.”

Take a look at this:

“We’ve been on the short end of several controversial calls and it’s hard to sit idle and watch ESPN, FOX and other announcers, not debate, but to feel sorry for Iowa State, because maybe there will be another apology for a call,” Pollard said. 

Pollard cited three calls that Iowa State later received an apology for or that the media felt they deserved an apology. 

The play in question on Saturday took place during the last six seconds of the second quarter. Oklahoma State running back Desmond Roland was called short of the goal line. After a replay review, the call was overturned to a touchdown. 

I wouldn’t have reversed it, though I think it might have been a touchdown based upon one of the replays I saw. But I don’t think it was enough to overturn. It has to be clearly indisputable, beyond a shadow of a doubt, as the NCAA rule book says. 

Pollard said he and Cyclones coach Paul Roads have tried to deal with previous missed calls internally, doing things the right way, but that he had no other choice now but to go public. 

I would say that was not the right way to do it.

“It’s no longer fair to put our student athletes, our coaching staff and our fans in that position,” Pollard said. “I don’t know how things change, but it’s frustrating and it’s not fair.”

Look, I understand his frustration and I know how difficult it is to accept losses. I also understand the pressure that is on coaches, athletic directors and school presidents. The pressure to win in college football and the NFL is enormous.  

Pollard is going to wish it was his travel agent calling this week when the phone rings, but I’m pretty sure the call will be coming from the Big 12 Conference offices in Texas instead.

Mr. Bowlsby on Line 2. 

Bowlsby has to take a stand. Even Pollard knows it’s coming. 

"I recognized the Big 12 does not allow commenting on officiating and I recognize there’s penalties for that,’’ Pollard said. "But folks, our institution has been penalized already.’’

Pollard and Iowa State can expect a lot more. 

His insinuation of retaliation by the Big 12 is going to lead to some serious consequences, which could be financial or even mean suspensions. 

Remember when USC Athletic Director Pat Haden ran down on the field to argue with officials during the Trojans’ game against Stanford? He was fined $25,000. 

To me, what Pollard said was a lot worse. And he’s going to want to get away when this is all said and done. 


Time ran out in Texas on Saturday.

Not on Baylor … not on Texas … but on the replay official. 



Another week, another strange replay review in college football, or I should have said, lack of a review. 

A strange 3-play sequence took place with 9:12 left in the second quarter, with Baylor leading 7-0. 

Stay with me here: Baylor had the ball second-and-goal from the Texas 5-yard line. Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty carried the ball into the end zone for a touchdown. However, after a replay review, Petty was ruled short of the goal and the ball was placed on the half-yard line. 

On third down, running back Shock Linwood carried the ball and it looked to me that Linwood scored. I certainly would have wanted to stop the game for a review because he ended up on the ground across the goal line. But the officials ruled him short. 

So on fourth down, Petty was stopped short of the goal. 

While it was apparent the replay official tried to buzz down before the fourth down play was run, notice came too late. You could see the center judge coming in quickly stopping the clock, which is the right thing to do after a fourth down play. The center judge and the umpire all went to the referee and all three, at some point, grabbed their belt packs, which is where they would get a buzz from the replay official. 

It’s part of this whole issue of up-tempo football and trying to get the ball snapped quickly to get the defense confused or not set.

But in this case, the replay official was either confused — or too slow. 

Time ran out on the replay official — and shouldn’t have.