Friday, May 28, 2010

NCAA to study field officials overturning calls via instant replay

By Brian Bennett

The NCAA plans to study whether the on-field head official should be in charge of overturning calls via instant replay instead of a replay official in the press box.

The yearlong study was requested by Big East commissioner John Marinatto, whose league is in favor of following the NFL's style of replay reviews instead of the system currently in place in college. While each conference has its own set of rules regarding replay, every league leaves the decision on replay reversals to a technical adviser or official away from the field. The NFL puts the control in the referee's hands.

"Let's really take a hard look at whether it's better to have the person involved in the flow of the game, the person who made the call, the person who's on the field determine whether a play should or should not be overturned, versus a person that's in the booth upstairs," Marinatto said.

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