New plan for replay system in Div. I-A

By wire services
Published February 10, 2006

INDIANAPOLIS - Coaches would be allowed to challenge close calls and officials in the press box could stop games to review plays with instant replay under new NCAA rules that all Division I-A football teams and conferences would use next season.

The NCAA Football Rules Committee decided Thursday that a uniform video review system should be implemented. Its proposal will be considered by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel for final approval.

The NCAA permitted conferences to experiment with instant replay the past two seasons. Most used the booth review. Only the Mountain West Conference allowed coaches to challenge plays.

Under the proposed rules, head coaches would request reviews by calling a timeout. If the challenge overturned the call, the coach would retain the right to challenge later in the game and would not be charged a timeout.

If the call were upheld, the team would be charged a timeout and the coach couldn't challenge again. In the MWC, 35 challenges were made last season and the call on the field was reversed five times.

DUKE: Student-athletes who test positive for steroids will have to sit out of competition for a year, and a second offense will result in lost eligibility, the school announced. The new rules also call for treatment and counseling for athletes who test positive for illegal drugs or any other substance banned by the NCAA. The previous policy did not distinguish between steroids and other drugs, said James E. Coleman Jr., a Duke law professor who headed the committee that recommended the changes. The policy also allows for unannounced drug testing for players in all of Duke's 26 varsity programs.

IDAHO: Dennis Erickson, who won two national championships at Miami but was fired after an NFL stint with the 49ers, returned to become head coach at the school that gave him his start in 1982.

TEXAS: Football coach Mack Brown got a $390,000 pay raise after leading the Longhorns to their first outright national championship in 36 years.

VAUGHT SERVICES: John Vaught was remembered as a friend to many and the father of football at the University of Mississippi as a crowd of some 350 attended funeral services in Oxford, Miss. He led the Rebels to six Southeastern Conference championships and 18 bowl games in 25 seasons. He died this past week at an assisted living facility. He was 96.

HORSES: Prominent owner killed

Mahmoud Fustok, a prominent horse owner with a farm near Ocala, died after he and a friend were struck by a sport utility vehicle while jogging, Pompano Beach authorities said Thursday. He was 69 or 70. His friend, Antoine Mardini, was hospitalized.

The driver, Albert Brooks, 55, also was hospitalized and may have had "some sort of medical emergency behind the wheel," a sheriff's spokesman said.

Besides his 200-acre farm near Ocala, Fustok owned horses at other farms in Kentucky and Florida. He had recently relocated to Florida to take part in the opening of a Saudi consulate, according to friends and associates. He was a brother-in-law to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, sheriff's spokesman Elliott Cohen said.

TOP TRAINER: Dale Bennett, son of longtime Tampa trainer Gerald Bennett, is Tampa Bay Downs' trainer of the month. He has 13 wins in 33 starts.


TENNIS: Australian Open champion Amelie Mauresmo beat Vera Dushevina 6-2, 6-2 to reach the Gaz de France quarterfinals in Paris and meets defending champion Dinara Safina in a replay of last year's final.

CYCLING: Spanish star Roberto Heras was banned for two years after testing positive for EPO and was stripped of his title at last year's Spanish Vuelta, one of Europe's top races.