SEC, take note.
The Pac-12’s recently announced initiative to improve its football officiating includes the removal of 11 officials who worked games a year ago, the conference confirmed Wednesday.
Mike Pereira, named last month the Pac-12’s interim coordinator of football officiating, said there will be 16 new officials in the conference next year, hired away from the Big 12, Mountain West and WAC to replace those who were dismissed (along with the 11 who weren’t invited back, another retired).
It’s not that hard to improve the quality of officiating. If you want to, anyway.
… The overhaul of officiating came at the urging of conference commissioner Larry Scott, who took over on July 1, 2009.
“It’s a huge culture change, and there has not been this type of turnover in officials probably in a long time,” Pereira said.
He said the changes come as part of what is “a new accountability and a new emphasis on training that I think is good for officiating, period.”
Kudos to Larry Scott and his conference. You’ve come a long way from Verle Sorgen, baby.
By the way, Pereira is only working with the Pac-12 on an interim basis through next season. Mike Slive, are you paying attention?