Replay? Take your time, fellas. It’s not that big a deal.

We live in an imperfect world, I know.  And so it’s not reasonable to expect perfection from college football replay.  But with all the money rolling into the sport, is it too much to ask for better effort from the conference offices than this?

Carollo said he considered in 2009 making the Big Ten command center the sole place for replay decisions, but the bandwidth wasn’t good enough and “quite frankly, our replay officials in the Big Ten needed more work.” Today, technology is so much better. The new competition committee plans to discuss ways to improve replay after 2015.

“The people in the stands have HD phones that they know are better and faster than what we use,” Carollo said. “We think we need to stay at least even, if not ahead, of the game…”

Gee, that would be nice.  In the meantime, they can always farm out replay calls to the fans with the better technology.



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6 responses to “Replay? Take your time, fellas. It’s not that big a deal.

  1. If they need high definition to determine whether the video evidence is incontrovertible, the call probably shouldn’t be overturned. It’s the nature of the game. I would rather they spend the time and money training the on-field officials on proper enforcement of the rules than a “command center” for instant replay.


  2. Bulldog Joe

    Referee Hubert Owens make the call to the SEC Command Center in Mulga, Alabama:



  3. I would like to see all personal fouls be reviewed, and if there is one that is a retaliation for the first one, then give the first one the bigger penalty and possibly make both players sit out a play or two.

    Also, for really flagrant personnel fouls like the hit on Aaron Murray in the SECchampionship that gets missed by the field officials, let the replay officials call it.

    jmho and trying to protect the players safety.


    • Cojones

      Hadn’t the ball changed hands and Murray was eligible to be tackled because he was going after the opponent with the ball? At that time some people said that was true, but the tackler went after his head. How often does helmet contact happen on tackles? Fairly often I would say. I never saw it as a deliberate act and wish someone would find and post a slow-mo of the hit so that I might quit standing up for an asshole.


  4. TMC dawg

    We need to keep sec football under sec review. I for one do not trust any outside person making a call,especially when it involves a chance to make the playoff.