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JACKSONVILLE — By next weekend, all 11 schools in the Ohio Valley Conference
will be equipped with replay technology to help game officials with a close call
that major conferences have been using for several years.
OVC officials mandated their schools have replay technology in place shortly
before Christmas and hoped it would be wired by this weekend's games, but the
delay was created by the holiday and the availability of technicians to install
As of Thursday's meeting of OVC athletic directors in Nashville, where
details of the system were finalized, only about half the schools in the league
had the technology in place.
Those who do can use it now, but every school in the conference is expected
to be on line by Jan. 12.
"We're fully committed to this," OVC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said
To this point, replays in OVC games typically have been confined to games
that were televised.
The commissioner announced the mandate for courtside instant replay
technology for all Dec. 21 — one day after Jacksonville State and Murray State
both lost conference games that involved controversial timing issues at the
The Gamecocks' loss to Southeast Missouri ended when the final 1.9 seconds
appeared to expire before anyone touched an inbounds pass in the court of play.
The game officials ruled Will Ginn's baseball pass was tipped by SEMO defender
Brandon Foust at the source — which Foust concurred — but JSU coach Mike
LaPlante was still looking for evidence of it Thursday.
"(On the game tape) it was difficult to tell," LaPlante said.
The OVC will follow NCAA guidelines for its replays. Generally, they are used
to correct scoring and timing errors.
Game officials used a replay in last year's JSU-Eastern Illinois game at Pete
Mathews Coliseum to sort out an altercation on the floor.
"It's legislation they've always had in place before, but it wasn't
mandatory," LaPlante said. "As long they get it right, that's all you care
about. If they're able to utilize videotape at the end of a game and get
something right, that's going to make the game better.
"The officials are trying to do the best that they can under the
circumstances and so if they have access to video, then I think that's only
going to be a good thing."
OVC officials said they don't foresee the replay being used in football
anytime in the near future.
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