In recent weeks, a number of Power 5 conference have announced their plans to move to a “collaborative instant replay system beginning for the 2016 college football season. The Big Ten is the latest conference to announce the tweak, following in the footsteps of the ACC and SEC.
However, there will be some differences between the changes the Big Ten will introduce.
While the ACC and SEC plan to have a centralized location for replays that will take place at conference headquarters, the Big Ten will simply have referees and replay officials in the booth working more closely.
“I’m a big believer that the decision should be made by the officials who are on the field or tied to the game, not front office people,” said Bill Carollo, the Big Ten’s coordinator of football officials, via ESPN.com. “You’re moving the judgment from the field to sometimes 1,000 miles away.”
In previous seasons, referees on the field would simply listen to the replay official reviewing the play.
Moving forward, they will receive a monitor that allows the referee to watch along with the official while they communicate with each other.
This is a positive step forward for the replay system in college football.
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