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A change of guard for Pac-10 officiating

Pac 10 Media Day Football

A name change won’t be the only new makeover for Pac-10 (er, 12) football this upcoming season.

On a related note, if you’ve held a long-standing grudge with Pac-10 officiating, consider your your cries of blasphemy heard.

The Pac-10 has announced on their website that Mike Pereira, former Vice President of Officiating for the NFL, will serve as the conference’s interim Coordinator of Officiating for next season. The announcement comes after Dave Cutaiarequested to step down” from the same position.

“Dave Cutaia has been an integral part of the Pac-10 Conference for 27 years as an official and as our Coordinator of Football Officiating,” Commissioner Larry Scott said in the release. “His professionalism and dedication are first class and we thank him for all of his efforts and devotion to the Pac-10.”

Pereira served as a consultant for the Pac-10 in 2010 and conducted a season-long review of the conferences officiating practices.  Pereira will be in charge of restructuring the football officiating program as it coincides with the addition of Utah and Colorado to form the Pac-12.

Exciting? Scott thinks so.

“Like in other high priority areas, we have taken a fresh look at our program, and will be implementing a series of changes that are forward-looking, innovative and take our program to the next level,” Scott said. “The game and level of play is always improving, so it’s essential that in the critical area of officiating, the program continue to evolve and improve as well.”

In other words, no more bad calls. Rejoice.

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2 Responses to “A change of guard for Pac-10 officiating”
  1. dansullivan82 says: Feb 12, 2011 11:57 AM

    I think the SEC needs to do the same thing.How is it the best confrence in college football has the worst refs?I havnt heard anything about PAC10 officiating but they blow a call in just about every big SEC game.

  2. duckman62 says: Feb 14, 2011 4:33 PM

    In my mind, the PAC10 had the absolute worst refs on the field. All they lacked were seeing eye dogs to make their look complete. This is great news, but I am very hesitant to rejoice yet, unil I see the proof that the bad calls are gone.
    The only good news to me through the years though, was the fact that they called bad calls on both side of the ball, so I guess one could always say it evened out. If one wants to see one of the worst officiated games in college football, just look at the 2010 civil war between Oregon and Oregon State. Horrendious for both teams!

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