2 NCAA coaches ejected this season. Are college conferences getting a backbone?

Commentary by Mark Schultz For the second time in the 2021 college football season, a Division I-FBS coach has been ejected for two unsportsmanlike conduct fouls. This past Saturday, Mountain West Conference referee Christian Watson sent Colorado State head coach Steve Addazio to the showers before halftime. https://twitter.com/footballzebras/status/1464804878908276739 While the announcers expressed shock at

Officiating crews for the 2021 college football conference championship games

Football Zebras has obtained the crew assignments for the 2021 college football conference championships. Assignments are handled by each conference. Depending on the procedures for each conference, crews are may eligible for bowl games. All times listed are Eastern. indicates an official that is in the NFL's officiating development pool, either

Throwback to 1969 when Jerry Markbreit worked the Ohio State-Michigan Game

Michigan and The Ohio State University face yet again this Saturday with playoff and conference championship implications. Let's throw it back to 1969, when future NFL official, Jerry Markbreit, officiated the annual rivalry between the two power houses. Ohio State was unbeaten and ranked number one in the nation. Michigan had

Bowling Green head coach ejected after drawing 2 unsportsmanlike conduct fouls

Frankly, I thought I'd never see it. Bowling Green head coach Scot Loeffler was ejected by the Mid-American Conference officiating crew lead by referee Jeremy Valentine in today's game against conference rival Buffalo. Loeffler also calls the offensive plays. After he was ejected, the offense scored 28 points and beat Buffalo

After a week of major errors, SEC officials need a bounce-back week

Last week was a bad one for officials in the Southeastern Conference. The Penn State-Auburn crew dropped a down. An "inadvertent signal" by an official in the Mississippi State-Memphis made for a right-but-wrong call. https://twitter.com/SECOfficiating/status/1439402225311354883 And, instant replay reversed call (incomplete to catch), but the ball was spotted at the wrong 45-yard line in

Former college referee Mike Defee is the new Conference USA coordinator of officials

Mike Defee, a former Big 12 referee and current referee trainer for the NFL, is the new coordinator of football officials for Conference USA. Defee replaces Gerald Austin. Defee will retain his post as a trainer for referees and new NFL officials. Austin will continue to work with the conference

NFL announces closer officiating ties with select college conferences

The NFL announced Thursday that it is forming a closer officiating relationship with select college conferences to improve "the officiating pipeline." The goal is to share NFL mechanics, technology and resources with college partners, expand recruiting opportunities, provide more opportunities for women and minorities and strengthen officials' training. The Big Ten, Conference