In­stant share

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL/NFL -

Sun Belt Com­mis­sioner Karl Ben­son spoke in sup­port of the league’s part­ner­ship to share the SEC’s col­lab­o­ra­tive re­play cen­ter at the SEC head­quar­ters in Birm­ing­ham, Ala.

The SEC im­ple­mented the sys­tem last sea­son, where three of­fi­cials watch all SEC foot­ball games, al­low­ing them to re­view re­plays and as­sist of­fi­cials at each game. The re­play de­ci­sions in other con­fer­ence games are left

up to the of­fi­cials on-site.

Ben­son pointed to­ward last sea­son when Cen­tral Michi­gan up­set Ok­la­homa State with a game-win­ning Hail Mary that should not have hap­pened. An of­fen­sive penalty on the play be­fore should have ended the game. The MidAmer­i­can Con­fer­ence sus­pended its of­fi­cials for two games for the blun­der.

“Had col­lab­o­ra­tive re­play been in place, that play would have been over­turned and Ok­la­homa State would have won,” Ben­son said. “Why wouldn’t we have the op­por­tu­nity to make sure it’s right?”

Con­tro­versy sur­rounded Arkansas State’s only Sun Belt loss last sea­son, when re­play over­turned a late touch­down by an ASU of­fen­sive line­man who had re­cov­ered a fum­ble. The re­view turned the game into a 24-19 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette.

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