Football Officiating Seminar Video Highlights
To kick off the 2011 Bicoastal Football Media Tour, the Pac-12 conducted a unique and educational officiating seminar on Fox's NFL set on Monday night. Led by officiating guru - and conference consultant - Mike Pereira and new Pac-12 Officiating Coordinator Tony Corrente, the seminar gave members of the national media the opportunity to experience the complexity of major college football officiating firsthand.
First, Pereira provided an overview of the proactive changes that the conference has instituted this year in its officiating program. These changes include completely revamping the training and evaluation approach, infusing the program with an influx of new officiating talent, and tapping Corrente to run the program on a day to day basis. Pereira believes that these upgrades give the Pac-12 the highest quality and most modern officiating program in all of college football.
Second, Corrente reviewed major rules changes which will take effect during the upcoming season, even demonstrating some of the nuances using media members as offensive linemen. Most of the changes were straightforward and easily understood, but the media had numerous questions about a new rule that prohibits taunting or unsportsmanlike conduct while in the process of scoring a touchdown. This rule will likely generate significant discussion and debate over the course of the year.
Finally, Dean Blandino, the Pac-12's new coordinator of instant replay, provided the media with an immersive demo of the Pac-12's instant replay system. Blandino first explained the instant replay process, and the role of the instant replay official, and then he engaged the media with a series of real-time exercises that put media members in the replay official's chair. This fun, interactive technique gave media a true appreciation for the pressure and time-sensitivity of the role.