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Ben Austro is the editor and founder of FootballZebras.com

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Jeff Darlington reports from the Officials Clinic in Dallas for NFL Network.

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Brad Allen: ‘a double rookie’ at clinic

AP reporter Stephen Hawkins speaks to first-year NFL official Brad Allen, who is the first official in 50 years to work the referee position in his first NFL season.

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Mark Pellis is 13th offseason hire by NFL

The league announced that Mark Pellis has been hired to fill the vacancy left by the surprise retirement of Mike Carey, who left the field to become an officiating analyst for CBS Sports. He is the 13th college official hired by the NFL this offseason. Pellis comes to the NFL from the American Athletic Conference…

Mike Carey quits NFL for CBS gig

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CBS Sports has hired referee Mike Carey away from the NFL to work as a rules analyst during the network’s Thursday and Sunday games. Carey will be at the game site or the NFL Network studios in Culver City, Calif., for Thursday night games and in the CBS New York studios on Sunday. “So many…

Troy Vincent named EVP Football Operations

Replaces Ray Anderson as Goodell’s “number two” Troy Vincent, the All-Pro cornerback who transitioned into an executive role in football after leaving the field, is the new NFL executive vice president of football operations. He will be the second highest ranked executive in the league after commissioner Roger Goodell. Vincent played for 15 seasons which…

NFL grooming players on officiating ‘fast track’

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The NFL could soon see more former players become officials. The league is sending 14 former players and one active player to a pair of officiating clinics over the next three days. The first clinic is tomorrow, March 13. It is the league’s Fast Track Clinic, run by the Football Officiating Academy and NFL Player…