NCAA referee with the announcement of the year

Big 10 referee and Officiating Development Program official Don Willard made a mistake Saturday.  He faced the wrong way when announcing a foul. It can happen. It has happened to the best, many times. But, the way he handled himself with a live microphone places him into nomination for referee announcement of

4 more hired to fill out officials’ roster

Embed from Getty Images   The NFL has hired four more officials due a late shuffle of retirements and front office moves. The new hires, with their most recent college position, are: U -- Steve Woods (Big Ten) L -- Brian Bolinger (Big Ten) B -- Mearl Robinson (Pac 12) L -- Danny Short (ACC) All four officials

New officiating leadership team strong and prepared

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Embed from Getty Images   The new officiating year starts today and the NFL leadership team is in place -- Al Riveron as senior vice president of officiating, Wayne Mackie as vice president of officiating evaluation and development and Russell Yurk as vice president of replay and administration. Due to the relatively short notice

The science of building good NFL crews

Embed from Getty Images   As NFL officials prepare for their mini-clinic in May, the NFL officiating office is building 17 officiating crews. Exiting senior vice president for officiating Dean Blandino will oversee the rest of the offseason (which ends May 15 for officials), so he has a say in the crew

NFL to propose developmental league = more officiating opportunities

Embed from Getty Images   The NFL announced this week that it will propose a new developmental league to help train prospective players and provide opportunities for coaches, scouts and officials. For over several years the NFL helped sponsor a developmental league, first the World League of American Football (WLAF) and NFL Europe. There