An SEC proposal for centralized and collaborative replay reviews from a command center was approved on Thursday, according to Jon Solomon of CBS Sports. This system will be used on an experimental basis for the 2016 season.
The NCAA Football Rules Committee wrapped up four days of meetings with a handful of approved proposals that will officially be voted on for the 2016 season by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel on March 8. But the SEC won’t have to wait until March for approval and will be able to have the league office assist instant-replay officials during games with reviews on a trial basis.
The SEC already has a state-of-the-art command center in Birmingham, Ala., where the conference’s officials were supervised. But it didn’t have much impact on Saturdays with the exceptions of decisions not involving rules, like weather or uniforms. Replay officials at the stadium made decisions independently, but will now receive assistance from the league office.
Other conferences will also be allowed to use a command center for replays during the experimental trial in 2016, but the proposal was made to the rules committee by the SEC. The committee also voted to expand the replay system for targeting calls, allowing instant-replay officials to stop the game to review if a targeting penalty occurred, even if a flag wasn’t thrown by an official.