SEC follows ACC's lead in replay system for 2016

May 17, 2016

Good to see that the SEC has joined the ACC in implementing a centralized process for instant replay for the 2016 season. The SEC announced the move Tuesday, following a unanimous vote of the league's athletic directors and approval by the SEC Executive Committee.

In February, the NCAA Football Rules Committee approved a request submitted by the SEC to allow conferences to use a collaborative process for instant replay on an experimental basis. Under this experiment, personnel operating from SEC Headquarters will assist the in-stadium Instant Replay Officials when replay decisions are made.

"Our goal is to continue to use the best-available resources to support correct outcomes when instant replay is used," SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said. "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."

The SEC said it tested things out last month during one of its spring games and was pleased with the way things worked, said Steve Shaw, the SEC's 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."

Now, the other Power 5 conferences need to follow suit. Too many calls have been botched in the instant replay process for them not to.