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SEC makes change to football replays
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema talks to officials during a game against Tennessee on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.
FAYETTEVILLE — In-stadium replay officials will be able to confer with personnel located remotely at the Southeastern Conference headquarters in Alabama during football games, the SEC announced Tuesday.
According to the SEC, such a process was tested during an unidentified spring football game in April. Details and logistics about the process will be presented to school administrators later this month at the league's spring meetings in Destin, Florida.
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The SEC follows the ACC in implementing the collaborative process, which is similar to one used by the NFL.
“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 in a statement. “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 requested to experiment with collaborative replays in February. The NCAA Football Rules Committee approved the request.
“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 Steve Shaw, SEC coordinator of replay officials. “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.”
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