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ACC official talks about interception replay decision

I spoke today to Doug Rhoads, the Atlantic Coast Conference's coordinator of officials, about the fourth-quarter replay that sustained a Florida State interception in the 'Noles 30-16 win over Maryland..

You remember the play, right? The interception by cornerback Greg Reid gave Florida State possession at the Maryland 43 with the Seminoles ahead, 20-16. The play contributed indirectly to Florida State's kicking a field goal to increase its lead to 23-16.

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Rhoads' main point was that the call on the field was going to stand -- no matter what that call happened to be. He said that's because the replays -- and there were six angles -- did not produce indisputable evidence of whether Reid trapped or caught the ball.

I guess technology isn't perfect. But, since I was in the press box, I didn't watch multiple replays or hear what the ESPN broadcasters said about it. Feel free to weigh in on what you saw.

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"The play in question was thoroughly reviewed by the replay official," Rhoads told me. "Of the six views he had to look at, there was only one that really gave you any kind of angle. In reviewing it, there just is not indisputable evidence to say that the ball hit the ground."

I wrote a story on this for tomorrow's paper if you want to read more about it.

Under its contract, ESPN is provided the same replay angles as the officials on the field, by the way.

One more note: Did you know that Fridge took a tumble on the sidelines in a collision with Florida State's Christian Ponder? The coach's first concern was for his porcelain hip. Please, he was thinking, don't make me go through hip replacement surgery again. He sustained some scratches and is sore. But the hip is OK.

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