The Southland Conference will implement full replay for football regardless of television coverage for games beginning in the 2014 season.
The use of full NCAA instant replay was passed at the recent Southland Conference board of directors annual spring meeting at the Westin Stonebriar Hotel in Frisco.
“The board, based on the input provided by our football coaches and athletic directors in recent weeks, was very firm in its approval of full instant replay at our stadiums,” Southland commissioner Tom Burnett said. “While there are numerous details ahead and some challenges to work through, the presidents were ready to get the process started and ensure our league was at the forefront of replay usage at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision level.”
The Southland Conference is the first FCS league to fully commit to having all games utilize instant replay.
The NCAA Division I Football Championship has replay for its playoff games, and a number of other FCS leagues have implemented replay only for televised games. Within its longstanding officiating consortium with the Big 12 and Mountain West conferences, the Southland will draw from the pool of replay officials already being trained.
In other news at the meetings, the conference voted unanimously extend the conference basketball tournament’s run in Katy, where the event had been held since 2008.
The league’s 2015-16 championship sites were selected, including soccer and volleyball at Central Arkansas, tennis at Stephen F. Austin, and softball at McNeese State.
Also, a computerized football ratings system, the NCAA Simple Rating System (SRS) will be integrated into the conference’s tie-breaking procedures in the case of two teams tying for the championship (and NCAA automatic bid) if the tie cannot first be decided in the numerous other competitive scenarios.