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.