Officials announcing “the previous play is under further review” will become part of the state high school football championship games at Memorial Stadium this November.
At its May meeting Thursday in Lincoln, the Nebraska School Activities Association Board of Directors voted 8-0 to add instant replay review similar to college football for the six state title games in Lincoln.
Assistant director Nate Neuhaus, who handles football for the NSAA, said Nebraska will join 20 other states that already use the technology in their state championship contests. All reviews will be initiated by replay officials in the press box and the types of plays that can be reviewed will be the same as the ones in the college game.
NET televises all of the championship games. The NSAA will have the same technology at their disposal that Nebraska uses for its home games, which will be tied into NET’s feed.
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With three games each during the two-day state championships, longer games because of plays being reviewed could be a concern.
“I don’t see it as a huge, cumbersome issue in terms of lengthening the games,” Neuhaus said. “We will make every effort to do it (the review) in 90 seconds or less.”
Neuhaus said instant replay will not be used at the six-man championship game at Nebraska-Kearney “because they don’t have the technology that’s available in Memorial Stadium.”