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
The NFL is piloting an advanced training program to give college officials an apprenticeship with NFL crews this season. There are supposedly 21 recruits, which the NFL declined to disclose names to us, but one name has been made known.
Sarah Thomas is one of the recruits and is on a
Buried in the fourth quarter of the Monday night game was an announcement of interest to us NFL rules wonks. Play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico on the introduction with analyst Jon Gruden:
This gentleman, Gerry Austin, has worked three Super Bowls, two -- as Jon likes to say -- wearing the white