In May, the SEC made the decision to implement a collaborative replay system beginning in the 2016 football season. A longtime former official is now the primary person in charge of supervising the new replay methods.
The SEC has named Ben Oldham the Coordinator of Football Replay for the 2016 football season, the conference announced on Wednesday. Oldham, who has nearly 40 years of experience in the SEC officiating program, according to the press release, will report to SEC Coordinator of Football Officials Steve Shaw.
“As we expand instant replay in the SEC, we felt it was important to have someone with an extensive resume of both on the field and replay booth experience help manage the process,” Shaw said in a statement. “Ben Oldham brings four decades worth of officiating experience in both of those areas and I am excited to have him serve in this role as we embark on a new era of instant replay in the SEC. This is another important and positive step as we strive to enhance the Conference’s football officiating program.”
Most recently, Oldham worked as the instant replay official for the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal between Florida State and Oregon. During the upcoming season, Oldham will be one of the officials stationed at the SEC’s Central Review Center in Birmingham, Ala. on gamedays.