Big Ten Conference Considering Goal-Line Cameras

August 8, 2012 · Filed Under Football · Comment 

It was announced earlier this year that the Southeastern Conference will experiment with wireless communication for officiating some football games this season. This technology has been used by soccer referees for several years now.

The NCAA football rules committee approved a waiver for the SEC to test the system only in SEC games. They hope this will help officials communicate and to identify pre-snap reads. It could also help the efficiency in penalty enforcement by reducing the need for huddling. It could also help coaches get better explainations.

Yesterday it was released that the Big Ten Conference is strongly considering an experiment with goal-line cameras at some football stadiums. This is meant to help instant replay officials get better reviews for goal-line plays.

Goal line cameras were tested this spring at Michigan and Michigan State. If they are approved they may move around the Big Ten stadiums in 2012. If the Big Ten makes them perminent, they would be installed at all Big Ten stadiums.

Last season Michigan State defeated Wisconsin on a last-second Hail Mary where the ball was deflected and caught right at the goal line. Some of the replays came from angles that were not directly on the goal line, but one angle appeared to be very close to the goal line. After several minutes of review the officials determined that Michigan State did score a touchdown to win the game.

The Jags will play at Nebraska on September 12, 2015 and, if approved, goal-line cameras could be installed by then. Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011.

Nebraska Added to 2015, 2019 Football Schedules

February 23, 2012 · Filed Under Football, News · Comment 
South Alabama Coaches

South Alabama Coaches talking together before the NC State game.

South Alabama Athletic Director Dr. Joel Erdmann officially announced a two-game contract between the Jags and the Nebraska Cornhuskers from the Big Ten conference.

The jags will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska twice. Their first game is scheduled on September 12, 2015 and the second game is set as the season opener on August 31, 2019.

In 2015, the Sun Belt will the first year conference schools will have a nine-game schedule. The Jags non-conference games that year already include hosting NC State in Mobile and a trip to Annapolis, Maryland.

As for the 2019 season, the Jags are schedule to also have the nine-game conference schedule with the only other non-conference game confirmed is a September 28th trip to New Orleans to play Tulane.

In the upcoming 2012 season the Jags have non-conference games again NC State, Mississippi State and Hawaii on the road plus University of Texas-San Antonio and Nicholls State both in Mobile. The 2012 season will feature 13 games for the Jags as a NCAA rule allows teams to schedule an additional game if they travel to Hawaii to play.

Other teams the Jags will face in the near future are LSU (2016), Tennessee (2013), Georgia (2014), Ole Miss (2017), Mississippi State (2012, 2014 in Mobile, 2016), Oklahoma State (2017 in Mobile, 2018, 2020), NC State (2011 loss in Raleigh, 2012, 2015 in Mobile), Southern Miss (2020, 2021 in Mobile), Navy (2013, 2014 in Mobile, 2015, 2016 in Mobile), Louisiana Tech (2017, 2018 in Mobile), Tulane (2013, 2019, 2020 in Mobile) and Kent State (2011 loss in Ohio, 2013 in Mobile, 2014).

Head football coach Joey Jones remarked about the addition of the Cornhuskers to the Jags future schedule. “We’ve got another team to add to the list of many that we’re playing, big-time schools. This excites our players and everyone else in the football program. We know that every year we are going to play two or three big-time teams around the country. That’s what we want to do, we are looking forward to it. I don’t think it’s so much the conference than just looking to play the top-20 type teams in the country. We’d love to play USC or Oregon one day too, we want to play those caliber of teams, to get to that level, we have to face them. That’s why we’re doing it.”

South Alabama completed their fourth practice of the spring this morning and will hold their first Saturday practice in two days with their spring football game scheduled for 2pm on Saturday March 24th.