DESTIN, Florida — Gus Malzahn wouldn’t mind fast forwarding the clock and move ahead to 2017.
Technology is coming to the sidelines at some point in college football, and the Auburn coach and others are in favor of bringing in-helmet communication to the field sooner than later.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said Wednesday there was “a lot of focus” on in-helmet communication, which is a continuing conversation that started at the conference’s spring meetings in 2015. The question is whether legislation will be presented to allow the technology in the future.
The measure makes sense and obviously echoes the NFL’s procedure, which allows coaches to communicate with quarterbacks via headset. Malzahn and other uptempo-minded coaches were in favor of introducing the technology during discussions at the spring meetings in 2015.
What kind of technology to introduce to the sidelines also remains open for discussion, whether it’s still photographs or video. The NCAA discussed allowing tablet and laptop technology in the press box and locker room at halftime for the upcoming season, but it was later postponed until 2017.
Maintaining consistency across all stadiums in the SEC and how to go about implementing the technology was discussed as well. Still, it’s up to the NCAA’s rules committee to approve any proposals the coaches may develop before the 2017 season.
“That’s the interest,” Sankey said. “What’s the technology and how can it be managed consistently by both teams.”