November 20, 2006

Talk still focused on tough Tiger loss

Generally, Missouri's players and coaches stress the 24-hour rule. One day after a win or a loss, the game is over and you move on to the next week. That was not the case on Monday. The topic of discussion was still the holding call, which the Big 12 admitted was not a holding call, that contributed heavily to Missouri's 21-16 loss at Iowa State.

"As part of our weekly officiating evaluation process, we have communicated with Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel who asked for feedback regarding an official's call in the Missouri at Iowa State game," said Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg in a statement released Monday. "Coordinator (Walt) Anderson did acknowledge that a holding call late in the Missouri at Iowa State game was incorrect based on his review of the game tape."

Pinkel mentioned his respect for Anderson's admission that the league had made an error, commenting on how easy it would have been to sweep the call under the rug and move on. He also thought the comments would help his team move past a devastating loss.

"That's the hardest loss I've ever been a part of in my life," Pinkel said at his weekly media briefing. "But the good news is the truth came out today.

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