In an effort to improve the quality of instant replay in college football, the ACC announced Thursday that it will introduce collaborative instant replay during all conference home games during the 2016 college football season.
This change will allow replay officials situated in the conference office in Greensboro to participate in each and every review discussion with the on-site referee and replay official via their existing headset communication system, according to the ACC release.
Here's a quote from ACC Commissioner John Swofford on the changes:
“This is another step in enhancing the quality of instant replay within college football,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “Officiating remains one of the highest priorities for our league, and our coaches and schools value the opportunity to be state of the art in this area.”
Replay officials in Greensboro will view a live feed of all games - conference and non-conference - played at ACC venues and at Notre Dame. All video feeds that are available to the on-field official will also be available to those in the conference office.
Collaborative replay is an experimental rule for 2016, and the ACC will report its findings to the NCAA Football Rules Committee in February of 2017 as it considers steps to make the concept a permanent part of the game.
ACC officials take their fair share of heat on an annual basis, and conference officials are clearly taking steps to improve the quality of officiating within their conference. Missing game-changing calls like this one from 2015, it's easy to see why.