The Big Ten released a statement Friday updating and clarifying its replay process for “plays involving potential health and safety concerns.”
The conference laid out three bullet points:
The first stated that if a player is “incapacitated due to a potential injury resulting from a hit to the head or neck area” the game will be stopped and the replay official will have more time to review the legality of the play.
The Big Ten also noted that the Independent Medical Spotter, who is in the replay booth, will “continue to collaborate” with the replay official about situations where they see a player with “obvious signs of a head injury.”
And third, the conference said the replay official will have the ability and responsibility to independently review potential targeting plays that are “clear and obvious” and not seen or whistled during play.
Here is the full release:
The Big Ten has updated/clarified its review process pic.twitter.com/hA8bO7AbNg
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) November 4, 2016
Last week, there was some controversy surrounding a no-call in the Michigan-Michigan State game. MSU’s Chris Frey got hit hard with what appeared to be a helmet-to-helmet block while covering a punt, but no penalty was called.