Replay Approved

Mountaineer fans who complain about the quality of Big East football officiating may get some relieve this fall, as the conference has approved the use of instant replay during conference games.

Commissioner Michael Tranghese announced that the Big East Conference football membership has unanimously approved the use of instant replay during league games beginning in 2005. The announcement followed discussions at the conference's annual Chief Executive Officers and Athletic Directors Meeting earlier in March.

"As announced earlier, we have done significant research and analysis into the use of instant replay for our conference football games for the coming season," said Tranghese. "Our football coaches and athletic directors endorsed the concept of instant replay earlier this year. Given that charge, our office investigated a number of possible technical options this past winter. We are pursuing what we think will be the best possible system for the coming season."

During the men's basketball tournament in New York, the Big East Conference office also conducted a separate meeting in which each institution's Directors of Football Operations were shown a demonstration of the conference instant replay system. Associate Commissioner Nick Carparelli and Supervisor of Officials John Soffey will continue to work with each school during spring practice as well as the summer months in order to ensure that each of its venues is properly prepared to handle the logistics associated with instant replay.

The first league game in which the new instant replay system will be employed will be West Virginia at Syracuse. The contest will be played Sept. 3 or 4, pending ABC television plans.

The Big East will have three new members in 2005. The complete group includes: University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, University of Louisville, University of Pittsburgh, Rutgers University, University of South Florida, Syracuse University and West Virginia University.

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