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UFL 2024 Conference Championship officials

Scott Walker and Jeff Heaser are the referees for the title game playoffs

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The UFL has assigned entire crews for their playoff games, and not by mixed crews like the NFL does in the postseason. Playoff crews were assigned on merit, except that referees from last year’s USFL and XFL league championships would not be eligible for the UFL league championship game: Michael VanderVelde (XFL) and Scott Walker (umpire, USFL). Larry Smith, who headed last year’s USFL title game crew, was not in the UFL this season.

Walker and Jeff Heaser are heading the crews this week in the conference championship games. The conferences are named after the leagues from which the teams originated.

The winners will vie for the title next week at the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis.

The officiating assignments are listed below, which shows their years in the MDP program (NFL development), spring pro seasons, and college conference. Playoff experience in the 2023 USFL and XFL plus any bowls or all-star games from the 2023-24 college football season (excluding alternates) are shown. All times are Eastern.

USFL Conference Championship: Michigan Panthers at Birmingham Stallions

Saturday, June 8, 3 p.m. ABC ESPN+

      MDP Yrs Pro League Yrs Conference 2023 USFL-XFL Postseason/Bowl Games
R 20 Scott Walker 0 2 SEC USFL CHAMPIONSHIP SUN
U 59 William Thomas* 9 3 ACC ACC CHAMPIONSHIP HULA
DJ 34 Sergio DeHoyos 0 2 Big Ten ORANGE
LJ 2 Quentin Givens 7 5 Big 12 USFL CHAMPIONSHIP LAS VEGAS
FJ 76 Eric Hartman 0 4 Big 12  
SJ 46 Connor Clougherty 4 2 ACC XFL CHAMPIONSHIP
BJ 19 Justin Staehr 1 2 Big Ten BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP SENIOR
RO   Jordan Craddock 1 SEC SUN

*-From Jeff Heaser’s crew


XFL Conference Championship: San Antonio Brahmas at St. Louis Battlehawks

Sunday, June 9, 7 p.m. Fox

      MDP Yrs Pro League Yrs Conference 2023 USFL-XFL Postseason/Bowl Games
R 22 Jeff Heaser 2 4 ACC CITRUS
U 18 Cat Conti* 2 3 Big 12 USFL DIV PLAYOFF LAS VEGAS
DJ 62 Cravonne Barrett 4 5 Big 12 GASPARILLA
LJ 14 Jeremiah Harris 0 2 SEC HULA
FJ 48 Michael Kennedy 0 2 American Athletic  
SJ 97 Gabriel DeLeon 3 2 Big 12 ROSE SHRINE
BJ 94 Donnie Aultman 0 2 Big 12 COTTON
RO   Eric Oliver 1 Big Ten  

*from Derek Anderson’s crew

Ben Austro is the editor and founder of Football Zebras and the author of So You Think You Know Football?: The Armchair Ref's Guide to the Official Rules (on sale now)

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