Due to what the Pac-12 Conference office termed “a technical failure and resulting breakdown in communication,” Cal defensive end Chris McCain has been reinstated to play in the entirety of Saturday’s game against Portland State.
McCain was called for roughing the passer and subsequently ejected from the Northwestern game for “targeting.” However, video of the play never was reviewed, which is required before it’s determined whether the play warrants ejection.
“Kudos to those guys for recognizing their was a mistake and correcting it,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said after practice Monday. ” There’s a lot of conference offices that wouldn’t have had a enough guts to do what they did. So I applaud the Pac-12.”
Because the ejection occurred in the second half, McCain was to be suspended for the first half of the Portland State.
The Pac-12 conferred with the national coordinator of officiating, and the two parties agreed that the “roughing” penalty was properly enforced but that McCain should be reinstated because the “targeting” rule was not properly reviewed.
McCain was happy to get the news, but not particularly surprised.
“I was excited. I was expecting it to happen,” he said. “A lot of people thought it was going to go the right way.”
The Pac-12 disciplined the replay team for the procedural breakdown.