Higgins urges replay rethink

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:16 AM ET

The CFL put its instant replay team to a tough test during Touchdown Atlantic but Tom Higgins was not watching.

The Calgary Stampeders head coach didn't care to see the results of the system being tested by the league and TSN.

In fact, he doesn't want to see instant replay used at all.

"I'm against it," Higgins said.

"I don't want to take the human element out of the game. There are pros and cons and you could sit and debate it. I want the game to be determined by the officials on the field, just as the coaches have to make their quick decisions without the opportunity for do-overs."

As the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats battled to a tie Saturday in Halifax, the game was drawn out because coaches Michael (Pinball) Clemons and Greg Marshall kept calling for replays, once on an illegal substitution.

Higgins doesn't want that to become commonplace in the regular season.

"I don't want the play to slow down any more," Higgins said about the system the CFL hopes to implement next season.

"The dynamics of the game are outstanding and I don't want to see a game go from three hours to three-and-a-half or four hours long. It's not fair to the people watching or the players."

EXTRA POINTS: Six Stampeders will be shown the door today when the CFL teams must pare their rosters to 50 plus non-counters ... Rain cut short the Stamps' second practice yesterday as the team wrapped up its final two-a-day ... Quarterback Darnell Kennedy, who was cut by the Stamps Thursday, signed yesterday with Ottawa, where he spent last season ... Three former Stamps were released yesterday: Receiver Darnell McDonald (Montreal), defensive back Jayson Bray (Winnipeg) and Canadian long-snapper Roger Reinson (Edmonton).


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