SEC to follow Big Ten's model for replay

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference will use
instant replay on an experimental basis during league games for the
2005 season.

University presidents and chancellors approved the change on
Thursday, a day after athletic directors voted for it.

"Through every meeting and discussion with our coaches,
athletic directors and presidents and chancellors, the use of
instant replay received overwhelming support," SEC commissioner
Mike Slive said. "Our officials make every effort to get each call
right. Instant replay will go a long way in helping them accomplish
their goal."

Details of the league's instant replay plan will be decided at
the SEC spring meetings, held May 31-June 3 in Destin, Fla.

The NCAA Football Rules Committee recommended in February that
member conferences and schools be allowed to experiment with
instant replay for the 2005 season, as the Big Ten did last year.

Slive indicated earlier that he expected the SEC to use a system
similar to the Big Ten, with officials in a booth determining which
plays to review, not officials or coaches on the field.

The Big Ten said replay was used in 28 of the 57 games last
season. Of the 43 calls questioned, 21 were overturned.

However, the system would not necessarily have altered the SEC's
most publicized officiating mistakes last season -- a
clock-management gaffe in the Florida-Tennessee game and an
apparent pass interference that wasn't called in the end zone
during the Alabama-LSU game.