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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Hawai'i man named as WAC replay crew chief

By Ferd Lewis
Advertiser Staff Writer

Mike Goshima of Hawai'i has been named one of five football replay official crew chiefs for the Western Athletic Conference's debut of instant replay this season.

The five will each head traveling three-man crews responsible for implementing the system, WAC commissioner Karl Benson said.

Goshima, who has been a part-time WAC football official, will decide if rulings are to be overturned based upon taped replays.

Goshima, 53, will be assigned to various sites this season, including Aloha Stadium. Two other Hawai'i residents, Phil Akana and Doug Awana, will work only out of Aloha Stadium. Akana will be a communicator, assisting the replay official, and Awana will be the technician.

The nine-school WAC is undertaking instant replay this season for the first time. It was one of two Division I-A conferences without it last season. The WAC experimented with replay last season and Goshima was part of the crew that worked at Aloha Stadium. The only college game at Aloha Stadium in which replay was used last year was the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl.

The NCAA is allowing coaches to challenge one ruling per game and have it reviewed by replay. If a coach's challenge is successful, no timeout will be charged.

Plays involving goal line, end zone or the sideline are eligible for review. In addition, plays involving a fumble, completed pass or at the goal line may be reviewed.

Every WAC home stadium will be wired for replay, costing $4,000 to $6,000, conference officials said. The conference will provide the equipment.

Four Hawai'i residents have been assigned to work WAC officiating crews. In addition to Goshima, they are Frank White, George Gusman and Matt Sumstine.

Reach Ferd Lewis at flewis@honoluluadvertiser.com.