On March 8, 2016, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved the use of electronic devices for coaching purposes.Under the new rule, use of the devices is restricted to the coaching box and locker room during the game. Tech-savvy, tablet-equipped coaches will show players how to improve their game.
Panel members also approved the use of electronic devices for coaching purposes in the press box and locker room during the game. However, that equipment will still be prohibited on the sidelines, in the team areas and on the field. Additionally, the home institution is responsible for ensuring identical television capability and identical video and Internet connectivity in the coaches’ booths of both teams.
Use of electronic devices also approved by Playing Rules Oversight Panel These changes start with the 2017 football season.
The scope of coaching allowed on devices is unlimited. A coach might use video to spot flaws in an individual’s blocking and tackling execution, then use a device to illustrate and correct poor fundamentals. Or a staff might use the tablets to show and explain opponent schemes. Coaches will figure out reactive plans and use tablets to clearly communicate them to players with video and illustrations. Tablet screens in a coach’s hands will be mirrorred and shown to players on a television using airplay and bluetooth, connecting the device (I like the Apple iPad) via something like an AppleTV connected to the TV via HDMI cable. This will take the concept of making halftime adjustments to a whole new level. Coaches skilled with Football Coaching Apps will have an advantage over peers.
Tennessee is moving forward to take full advantage in 2017.
The halftime meeting room at Neyland Stadium will be adjacent to the locker room and roughly 8,800 square feet while featuring a wall that can be raised in 30 seconds to separate the offense and defense. It will also feature multiple televisions, whiteboards and coaches’ rooms with acoustic treatment.
I’m guessing Tennessee will install wires, ports, and a television or two in the visiting team’s halftime lockeroom. But I doubt the visiting team will have 8800 square feet of room. Nor will Tennessee likely provide opponents tablets, Apple TVs, bluetooth speakers, or the like. Equipment managers will need to pack the coaching devices and hardware to connect up and transport it on the road trip.