SEC to adopt new process for instant replay review
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The SEC says the conference will implement a collaborative process for instant replays with the start of the 2016 season.
The decision was made via unanimous vote by the league’s athletics directors and approval by the SEC Executive Committee.
In February, the NCAA Football Rules Committee approved a request from the SEC asking for the implementation of the new instant replay process on an experimental basis. Under the experiment, SEC Headquarters will assist the in-stadium Instant Replay Officials when replay decision are being made.
A successful test of the technology needed to support this process was carried out during an SEC spring football game in April.
“Our goal is to continue to use the best-available resources to support correct outcomes when instant replay is used,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “We believe the collaborative effort, which will involve additional officiating experts during replay reviews, will enhance the Conference’s football officiating program. I believe this update to the instant replay review process will better support football officiating in the SEC through the use of technology.”
Coaches and administrators will be receive an intro to the new replay process with complete logistics and detailed plans at the upcoming SEC Spring Meetings to be held in Destin, Florida. Replay details will be announced to the public during a media briefing also to take place in Destin with Steve Shaw, SEC Coordinator of Football Officials.
“This is an important and positive step for our officiating program and I look forward to implementing our plan to combine advanced technology with officiating expertise,” said Shaw. “Our successful test in the spring gave us the comfort level to move forward with execution of the plan for this fall. I look forward to communicating with my colleagues in other conferences to discuss best practices and the most effective use of collaborative replay.”