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ACC to use instant replay in 2005 season

Posted Tuesday, February 15, 2005

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Greensboro, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Tuesday that the league will implement the use of instant reply on an experimental basis beginning with the 2005 football season. The proposal, by the league's Athletics Directors, was approved unanimously by the Faculty Representatives at the Conference's Winter Meetings.

Following these discussions, as a well as a presentation by David Parry, National Coordinator of College Football Officials and Coordinator of Big Ten Football Officials, and Tommy Hunt, the Coordinator of ACC Football Officials, the league voted to base its system on the Big Ten's model and to look at any possible variances allowed within NCAA guidelines. The NCAA Football Rules Committee voted last week to give conferences the opportunity to use instant reply on an experimental basis for the 2005 season.

"After a full review of the instant replay model used by the Big Ten this past season and discussions by our Athletics Directors and Faculty Representatives, we will move forward with the implementation of instant replay within the guidelines set by the NCAA for the 2005 season," stated ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "The system that was used by the Big Ten this past season received very positive reviews and had minimal impact on the flow and length of the games. Everyone connected with college football, whether you are a fan, coach, player or official wants a correct ruling on the field and we believe that this is another step in the right direction of enhancing the quality of officiating and fair play."

Among other conferences, the Southeastern Conference hopes to begin using instant replay to avoid game-turning officiating blunders in 2005, but the system wouldn't necessarily have made a difference in the two most controversial miscalls last season.

The SEC had two high-profile miscalls last season. However, upon further review, a clock-management mistake in the Florida-Tennessee game and a pass interference that wasn't called in Alabama-LSU might not have been reviewable by instant replay.

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