College Football's Instant Replay


Wednesday, October 4th 2006, 6:11 am
By: News On 6


It was supposed to bring clarity to calls on the football field. But a recent OU-Oregon football game proves "instant replay" isn't fool proof. In that game, the play was actually reviewed, and the bad call was allowed to stand.

The News on 6 went up to TU’s Skelly Stadium to find out how the instant replay system works.

Tommy Taylor is the replay coordinator and also a 30 year officiating veteran. He says he can page the refs on the field, if he wants to review a play. Taylor also says he looks over every single play, eight seconds, after its run. But he does think the instant replay system has improved officiating.

"Well it’s helped. It’s helped, it's greatly helped. Ya'know just because there have been two incidents in the last couple of weeks that have drawn attention to that. That doesn't mean that instant replay does not work."

Taylor says the system isn't perfect and he is at the mercy of camera angles.