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Iowa State A.D. Pollard rips Big 12 officials

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 Jamie Pollard had finally had enough.

The Iowa State Athletic Director let loose on Big 12 officiating following the Cyclones' 37-20 loss at #21 Oklahoma State on Saturday. Pollard admitted to being frustrated by high profile, controversial calls that had affected the outcome of Iowa State football and basketball games in recent years.

The most recent, came in Saturday afternoon's game. Just before halftime, with Oklahoma State out of timeouts, ISU's Jevohn Miller appeared to stop Desmond Roland at the goalline as time expired. However, the play was overturned on replay, despite video evidence appearing unclear. The Cowboys touchdown gave them a lead they did not relinquish the rest of the way.

Afterward, Pollard made the following statement:

"Iowa State University takes great pride in how we conduct our business, and those of you that know me personally know that I work very hard to make sure that our staff and I adhere to that. That being said, we've been on the short end of several controversial calls, and it's hard to sit idle and watch ESPN, Fox, other announcers not debate, but to feel sorry for Iowa State, because maybe they'll be another apology for a call.

"Coach Rhoads and I have tried to deal with that internally, and have tried to do it the right way, but it's no longer fair to put our student athletes, our coaching staff, and our fans in that position. Coach Rhoads and I a year and a half ago raised an issue, and we were the lone vote. Ever since that time we've been on the short end of the stick.

"I don't know how things change, but it's frustrating, and it's not fair. It's not fair to our players. It puts them in a position to where I know a couple of them did some things at halftime that are inappropriate. I don't fault them. I don't fault them. They're frustrated, and they're frustrated with a lack of action.

"So, we'll continue to work internally through the appropriate channels, but I felt it was appropriate to stand up here right now, and stand behind our team, and stand behind our coaching staff, and I recognize that the Big 12 does not allow comments to be made on officiating, and I recognize that there's penalties for that, but folks our institution's been penalized already. I can think of 3 situations where the fine has been pretty great, because we lost games as a result of calls that either we were apologized for, or the media certainly felt we should have been apologized to. We can't get that back.

"That ends careers for football coaches, A.D.'s, and presidents, and so something's got to be done. I don't know what it is, but there's got to be more accountability on what happens in certain situations. Thank you."

The Big 12 has yet to respond to Pollard's statement.

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