Belk Bowl crew reverses entire play in replay review

Embed from Getty Images   Based solely upon the rules of an inadvertent whistle, it would appear that the Big 12 officiating crew ruled correctly in a sticky situation in the Belk Bowl. However, when replay rules are considered, the ball should have been awarded to Virginia Tech. Happening when an official sounds their

The facts of spots: you take the good, you take the bad

Week 11: Texans vs. Raiders [Update: SVP/officiating Dean Blandino commented on these calls on NFL Network, which is at the bottom of this post.] On Monday night in Mexico City, a few close calls went against the Texans that ruled players out of bounds and short of a first down. When it

Maclin and Joyner fined for preseason ejection Chiefs receiver Jeremy Maclin and Rams cornerback Lamarcus Joyner were ejected for fighting near the end of the first half of their Week 2 preseason game in Los Angeles (video). After an incomplete pass targeted a different receiver, the two appeared to exchange words before the situation escalated to a physical

Blandino open to swapping out crews looking for ‘the best 7’

Embed from Getty Images Traditionally, officiating crews have been kept together from week to week throughout the whole of a season with few deviations. At the recent NFL officiating clinic, senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said that there will be an intentional practice of swapping officials between crews in the

Blandino at officiating clinic: catch is the same rule, same outcome As officials settled into their annual clinic in Dallas, senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino addressed the topic we're both sick of and engrossed with: the process of the catch. The goal for fans and officials alike remains simply clarification and education, not an adjustment of the rule itself."The biggest thing is we