ACC to Use Instant Replay

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that
it will implement the use of instant reply on an experimental basis
beginning with the 2005 football season. The proposal, by the
league's Athletics Directors, was approved unanimously by the Faculty
Representatives at the Conference's Winter Meetings.

Following these discussions, as a well as a presentation by David
Parry, National Coordinator of College Football Officials and
Coordinator of Big Ten Football Officials, and Tommy Hunt, the
Coordinator of ACC Football Officials, the league voted to base its
system on the Big Ten's model and to look at any possible variances
allowed within NCAA guidelines. The NCAA Football Rules Committee
voted last week to give conferences the opportunity to use instant
reply on an experimental basis for the 2005 season.

"After a full review of the instant replay model used by the Big Ten
this past season and discussions by our Athletics Directors and
Faculty Representatives, we will move forward with the implementation
of instant replay within the guidelines set by the NCAA for the 2005
season," stated ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "The system that was
used by the Big Ten this past season received very positive reviews
and had minimal impact on the flow and length of the games. Everyone
connected with college football, whether you are a fan, coach, player
or official wants a correct ruling on the field and we believe that
this is another step in the right direction of enhancing the quality
of officiating and fair play."

Clemson Head coach Tommy Bowden on the use of Instant Replay

"I agree with the decision to have instant replay for our
games. We all saw the results from the Big Ten this past year. The
games were not held up for a long period of time and there were not a
lot of challenges. I know I am in favor of a system that would make
calls correct.

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