New changes likely coming to the kickoff

In another effort to improve player safety and the prevention of injuries on special teams, but at the same time, to also keep the foot in football, a new proposal to modify the rules governing the kickoff has been made, which will be voted on at this month's Spring League

Happy New Year, NFL referee style

Embed from Getty Images   There is no crystal ball drop. The year doesn't switch. There are  no confetti guns. But for NFL officials, May 15 is a New Years celebration.   This year's off-season was a little different, as this was the first one that featured full-time officials. Those full timers participated in

In a bizarre turn, Blandino to intermittently run national college replay

Dean Blandino, former senior vice president of officiating for the NFL, was named national director of instant replay for college football, confirming a Football Zebras report last month. This position was created by College Football Officiating in 2016, and Blandino will be replacing the first person to hold the position, Jim Blackwood.

More vacancies on the NFL officiating roster are reportedly on the way The revolving door in the NFL officiating department appears to still be in motion. Football Zebras has learned from multiple sources that field judge Jon Lucivansky will not return in the 2018 season. Lucivansky just finished his ninth season, but he has been in a bit of a playoff drought; the

Walt Anderson resigns as head of Big 12 officiating

NFL referee Walt Anderson has resigned from the Big 12 conference as supervisor of officials. Covering the conference's spring meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz., for the Dallas Morning News, Chuck Carlton reported that commissioner Bob Bowlsby made the announcement Wednesday. Football Zebras contacted Anderson, but he declined to comment. Anderson was one of 21

Former side judge Dean Look honored by the NFL officials union

  The NFL Referees Association, the union for the NFL's officials, has recognized former side judge Dean Look as its 2018 Honoree. The Honoree Award recognizes an official for an outstanding career and service to the union. The NFLRA is honoring Look this weekend at its annual meeting and banquet.  Before officiating, Look played

7 officials have retired from the NFL

The NFL Referees Association confirmed that seven officials are retiring this season. Referees Ed Hochuli and Jeff Triplette have previously announced their intention to retire.       Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation R 42 Jeff Triplette 22   Wake Forest restructuring consultant R 85 Ed Hochuli 28   Texas-El Paso attorney DJ 37 Jim Howey 19 (swing) Erskine College director of adult education DJ 123 Ed Walker 4 Hussey San Jose State real estate management FJ 82 Buddy Horton 19 Corrente Oregon State water service worker SJ 125 Laird Hayes 23 Anderson Princeton physical education and athletics In addition,

6 officials hired by NFL for 2018 season

Embed from Getty Images Senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron announced the NFL has hired six new officials who will officiate during the upcoming 2018 season. The new hires are Land Clark, Matt Edwards, Anthony Jeffries, Tony Josselyn, Mark Stewart, and Don Willard. All six men worked at least one