The NCAA has approved a framework for instant replay in football games.
College football appears to be embracing instant replay. The NCAA's Football Rules Committee endorsed expanded use of the concept Wednesday after the Big Ten Conference successfully tested replay in 57 games in league stadiums last season.
Use is restricted to the regular season. The rules committee weighed and opted against availability to bowls, in part because an officiating crew from a conference that didn't use replay could find itself working a postseason game that employs it.
How replay is used will be up to each conference. Unlike the NFL's version, which permits coaches to challenge officials' calls during a game, the Big Ten format left challenges solely to a press box observer monitoring a game's television broadcast. He called the on-field timer, who stopped play while the call was reviewed.
"Some of the conferences ... I think they would like to use the referee on the field in some way," said Ty Halpin, the NCAA's liaison to the rules committee. "It's a lot of pressure to put (solely) on a person who isn't on the field.
"What the committee would like to do, if not in 2006 then as soon as it can, is have one standardized system that everyone uses."
Leagues must submit their plans for the 2005 season by June 1. In the meantime, the broader use of replay must be approved by an NCAA oversight panel that meets Feb. 24.
Anyway. I'm not sure how they're going to resolve the issue of replay at non-televised games - do you force every stadium to buy cameras and hire operators? - but as I generally approve of the replay review option, I think this is worth a try. We'll see what they do with it.Posted by Charles Kuffner on February 14, 2005 to Other sports | TrackBack