NFL winds down advanced training program as college season opens

As Labor Day weekend approaches, the developmental officials that comprised the NFL's "taxi squad" are headed back to their college conferences for the start of the college football season. It is officially known as the advanced training program, the NFL initiative that brought 21 officials from the major college conferences to

Sarah Thomas 2014 debut all but assured

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

NFL ready to break the ‘grass ceiling’ again

Much like any potential official recruit, Sarah Thomas has been on the NFL's watchlist for several years. She is one step closer to becoming the league's first permanent female official, having worn an NFL uniform in a Colts practice. Thomas is part of an apprenticeship program that was formed under the

5 NCAA officials prove it’s not the old boys’ club anymore

It didn't take long, but I had to make a slight modification to the site organization, based on a miscalculation on my part. We have a category that we place stories that profile a particular official or his off-the-field accomplishments titled, "Men in Black & White." I thought it was