Texas UIL adds instant replay to football championship games

AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) The Texas University Interscholastic League announced Thursday it will use instant replay at all state championship football games beginning this year.

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“With all UIL State Championship football games at a single location, we have the technology and ability to utilize these powerful tools to make the state championships the best possible experience for coaches, players, officials and fans,” UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt said in a press release Thursday.

“Instant replay will help ensure that the calls during the biggest games of the year are as correct as possible.”

Replay won’t be permitted during regular season or playoff games.

The UIL will use NCAA rules for instant replay with two exceptions.

Only replay officials will initiate the rules; coaches won’t be allowed to challenge on-field rulings.

And only officials on the field will call targeting penalties.

A collegiate replay official will review plays.

“Because we play football by NCAA rules, which allow for instant replay, we have this opportunity. We are extremely excited to add instant replay to our state championship games,” UIL Director of Athletics Dr. Susan Elza said.

“We’ve studied this topic thoroughly, and have had many conversations with officials and coaches. The consensus we’ve heard is that our game is ready for this and it will be a valuable addition.”