ACC Instant Replay

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that it 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."


"I've talked to several coaches from the Big Ten, which had instant replay last year, and they told me it worked very well and was cost efficient. It added only about six minutes total to game length, which was not significant. The main thing is that officials and coaches want the calls to be right, and this is a better, more efficient way to get it right. Judgment plays will not be covered. The instant replay will be from the booth; it will not be from coaches questioning a call. It'll be very similar to the NFL, which has worked well for years."

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