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MAC, Big Ten to use controversial new replay procedures this season

Good luck, MAC refs.

NCAA Women's Basketball: USA TODAY Sports-Archive Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten and Mid-American conference games may be just a little bit longer for the 2016-17 basketball season.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel agreed to expand the use of instant replay on some plays within the restricted area arc for league games this season. Coaches will be able to challenge charge/block rulings they believe to be erroneous, BUT THERE ARE CONDITIONS:

  • Instant replay can be used only in the last two minutes of the second half or the last two minutes of any overtime period.
  • Instant replay may be used only when an official has made a block/charge call in or around the restricted area arc, and the decision is based on whether the defensive player was in or outside the arc. Instant replay may not be used on no-calls.
  • Any review, whether by the officials or a coach’s appeal, must be recognized and corrected before the ball next becomes live.

Following a replay, if the official’s call is correct, the team initiating an appeal will be charged a timeout. If the call is overturned, no timeout is charged.

Once again the Mid-American Conference is on the cutting edge. This is only for conference games though, so you’ll have ample opportunity to shout “WAIT, I WANT TO SEE THAT AGAIN,” during non-con games. What do you think of the new ruling?