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.