UNDER REVIEW: EMPLOYMENT STATUSES
A couple of Pac-10 items:
--The replay official for the Oregon-Oklahoma game has been canned.
As the Pacific-10 Conference discusses improvements to its instant replay equipment for 2007, one decision already has been made: Gordon Riese will not be using it.
Riese, the embattled instant replay official who was in the booth during the Oklahoma-Oregon game Sept. 16 in Eugene, got a call from the conference last week with official confirmation.
"I was told I was not wanted in the replay booth," said Riese, who said he received death threats after the Ducks' 34-33 win after a botched ruling on an onside kickoff snatched a victory away from the Sooners.
Replays that reached the television audience but not Riese's monitor showed that not only did Oregon illegally touch the ball before the kick went 10 yards but also -- and this part was not reviewable -- that Oklahoma recovered it. ...
Luckily, a replacement has already been found.
Might actually be an improvement.
And our erstwhile official will not go without work.
Riese, who said he has been diagnosed with depression in the wake of the controversy, will stay on the Pac-10 payroll as a technical assistant -- a position he has held the past two seasons in addition to working the replay booth. Technical assistants, who receive $350 per game, review videos of games to evaluate the performance of officials.
Yes, because that's the perfect job for him.
--Side note: UCLA has extended Karl Dorrell's contract for a year. Bruins Nation is taking this reasonably well. Because, they say, it essentially means nothing.
If Dorrell doesn't win the Pac-10 with the returning talent on UCLA's roster this upcoming season (in DG's code words which is "the next step"), none of this will matter. I don't see DG having any problem firing a coach who can't bring home a conference championship after being in charge for five years. And if Dorrell wins the Pac-10, he is most likely gone to the NFL.
Either way, this news concerning a contract "extension" won't matter much at the end of next season.
So. Have a good day, Karl.