Wild Miami-Duke play caused great polemic and suspensions on replay officials and on-field officials by the ACC

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The ACC decided to suspend Sunday the on-field officiating crew, the replay officials and the communicator for two games, after errors on the final play during the Miami-Duke game on Saturday.

As we all know, this decision cannot change the end result of the game, but Duke coach David Cutcliffe does not agree with this, and said maybe it’s time for that to change. The Blue Devils (6-2, 3-1) had the chance to tie for the lead in the ACC’s Coastal Division.

Some of the errors the ACC recognized during the play were eight laterals off a Duke kickoff, which ended with a 91-yard touchdown run by the Miami Hurricanes.

“Unfortunately there is no mechanism that I know of in place to reverse an outcome of a game. I do believe there should be,” Cutcliffe said Sunday. “If we’re going to use instant replay … All this occurred after everything had happened on the field. What instant replay is in place for is to get it right, and we did not get it right. I’m venting a little bit still. I hurt badly for our players.”

Coach Cutcliffe hopes this incident starts a discussion that could maybe lead to invalidate a result in similar situations.

“The quality of our officiating program is of the highest importance to the league and its schools, and the last play of the game was not handled appropriately,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. “Officiating is an extraordinarily difficult job, but our players, coaches, programs and fans deserve the best that can be offered. We will continue to strive to meet that standard.”

The officiating crew included Magallanes, Terrence Ramsay (umpire), Mike Owens (linesman), Jim Slayton (line judge), Robert Luklan (back judge), Bill Dolbow (field

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