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SJ Jimmy DeBell out of the NFL

Texans coach Gary Kubiak discusses a call with side judge Jimmy DeBell. (Houston Texans photo)

View image | gettyimages.com Side judge Jimmy DeBell (number 58) will not officiate in the NFL in 2015. Matt Leader of The Livingston County News broke the news Friday. “I can confirm that Jim DeBell is not part of the officiating staff for the 2015 season,” said NFL spokesman Michael Singora during a May 21 phone…

NFL officiating exec David Coleman hired as new Pac-12 officiating boss

David Coleman

The Pacific-12 Conference has hired NFL director of officiating David Coleman as its vice president of officiating — a newly created position for the college conference.  Coleman had been with the NFL in the officiating department since 2010. In a news release, the Pac-12 says Coleman will be responsible for directly overseeing the football officiating…

Happy birthday Jerry Markbreit

View image | gettyimages.com Most famous referee of the 1980s and 1990s turns 80 years old Before there was Ed Hochuli, there was Jerry Markbreit.  The former NFL referee from 1976 to 1998 turned 80 years old today. Markbreit got his start officiating while a college student at the University of Illinois.  He officiated intramural…

NFL preparing to hire new officials

View image | gettyimages.com Commentary by Mark Schultz We are coming up on a critical few weeks in the NFL as vice president for officiating, Dean Blandino, will be hiring new officials, assigning positions, and beginning the orientation process for the new pro zebras. While 2014 saw a near-record number of retirements – forced or…