SEC referee Matt Austin leaves the field for the TV studio

According to a news release, long-time Southeastern Conference referee Matt Austin has retired from active officiating and will join ESPN and the SEC Network as an officiating expert. This is a newly created role by ESPN and the SEC. Austin will contribute to weekly games and studio shows from the SEC

Pro Football Hall of Fame expands nominations for Class of 2020, opening door wider for officials

In conjunction with the league’s centennial, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s board of 29 trustees voted today to expand the Class of 2020 from the usual 8 inductees to 20. The class will include 10 senior nominees, 5 modern players, 2 coaches, and 3 contributors. With this expansion in the

Centralized replay will intercede in all potential ejections this year, not just fights Starting this year, centralized replay in the Art McNally Game Day Center can weigh in on all potential game ejections. The rule is an expansion to a rule last year that made certain ejection situations reviewable. Last year, the rule called for centralized replay to step in and review fights and

Pac-12 audit concludes no big changes are needed in officiating department

Nine months after a report that a Pac-12 senior vice president (who had no officiating experience) countermanded an instant replay decision, and four months after three retired Pac-12 officials sent an open letter barbecuing Pac-12 leadership, the conference released the results of its officiating audit. According to the Pac-12, the independent

Bill Leavy is the recipient of the 2019 Art McNally Award Bill Leavy, former NFL referee and current referee supervisor for the Officiating Department, has been awarded the 2019 Art McNally award, according to senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron via Twitter. The Art McNally Award is named after the former head of officiating from 1968 to 1990, and recognizes

NFL ending full-time status for select officials

The NFL has backed away from its full-time officiating program, according to ESPN's Kevin Seifert. Citing multiple sources, Seifert says that negotiations between the league and the NFL Referees Association have broken down over the full-time arrangement. The full-time program was approved on an ad-hoc basis in 2017 and 2018. The full-time

Back in stripes: 2019 clinic in Dallas begins today

The NFL offseason continues (offseason? what offseason?) for NFL officials today as they gather in Plano, Texas, 20 miles north of Dallas, for the annual officiating clinic. This weekend's clinic will be the only time that all of the league's 122 officials will be together in one place, allowing for