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Big 12 football: Speed of game always a concern

by Berry Tramel Published: July 22, 2014
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Big 12 officiating director Walt Anderson said the rules committee in the offseason talked about possibly letting the clock run after a first down, as a way to speed up the game. The idea was tabled for a year. “I know it will come up at least for discussion this next year,” Anderson said.

Anderson said the SEC is using wireless technology this season and “that’s got a lot of promise in terms of being able to expedite the review process so that we don’t have a referee have to run 60 or more yards back to the headset and then run back, which sometimes takes us a little longer than the players to do that.”

Anderson said game time is a concern and that the average length of games has decreased from around 3:30 a few years ago to 3:15 now. Anderson said the Big 12 average was 3:25, the longest among the major conferences. The shortest among the five leagues was 3:16.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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