Frustrated Colorado coach Tad Boyle called for an end to replay after the Buffaloes suffered a controversial overtime loss Thursday night at No. 3 Arizona.
After a lengthy replay review, referees reversed the on-court call and disallowed a 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation that would have given Colorado a Pac-12 road win. Arizona went on to post a 92-83 victory in overtime in Tucson, Ariz., after trailing by as many as 17 points.
"Get rid of instant replay," Boyle told ESPN.com in a phone interview. "In basketball, football, human error is part of our game. If human error is part of the game, let the officials call the game. Players, coaches and officials will make mistakes. It's part of the game. We spend all this money on replays and we still can't get it right. Get rid of it."
Boyle was more diplomatic in his comments to the media immediately after the tough loss. At that point, he hadn't watched the replay of the banked 3-pointer by Sabatino Chen that appeared to leave his hand just before the game clock hit 0:00 at the end of regulation.
"After the game, I was disappointed in myself and in the way we played down the stretch, but I hadn't seen the replay," Boyle said. "That was like a shot to the gut. We're going to move on and not cry about it and not complain about it, and we'll take it like men and hopefully get better."
In a statement released Friday morning, Pac-12 coordinator of officials Ed Rush said: "Game officials reviewed video replays of the end of regulation in accordance with NCAA playing rules and determined the ball was still on the shooters' fingertips when the official game clock on the floor expired. Per Conference protocol, the officials conducted a thorough review court side and viewed multiple angles of the play before confirming the ruling. I have reviewed the video replays and agree with the ruling."
According to ESPN, Boyle planned to contact Rush to discuss the ruling.
"I would like an explanation," Boyle told the network. "I think the University of Colorado deserves one and the players and administration and student body and everybody involved in Buff Nation deserves an explanation. It's not going to change the result. I've never been involved in something like this."
Boyle said the Buffaloes have no choice but to move on.
"This is not something that we're going to lose sleep over," he said. "We'll move forward and hopefully it will fuel our fire."