McCabe To Retire From Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Bill McCabe, the Pac-12 Coordinator of Men's Basketball Officiating, will retire effective June 30, 2012, the Conference announced today. McCabe was appointed to the position in 2006 following 11 seasons as an observer of men's basketball officials for the Pac-12 Conference.

"Bill McCabe has been well respected by his peers as he continued to evolve the Conference's men's basketball officiating program. His contributions were vital to the overall growth of the program," said Larry Scott, Pac-12 Conference Commissioner.

McCabe improved the officiating program through an extensive pre-season training program that has been acknowledged as one of the best in the country. In addition, he established in-season play review via website for officials and coaches as well as a unique game-grading program that was part of the season long evaluation of officials. His collaboration with Big West and West Coast conferences in training and development of officials resulted in an expanded pool of officials.

His establishment of a merit based compensation system led to securing the top officials in the region. To McCabe's credit, of the 90-plus officials who worked in this year's NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, approximately 20 were assigned to work a full regular-season schedule in the Pac-12 during the 2011-12 season. Eight officials worked through to the regional weekend and one official, Verne Harris, worked the national championship game for the second consecutive year.

"With Bill's pending retirement, we will look to build on the positive changes that he implemented and to continue to upgrade and improve the program.  We will continue to build a strong program around the model of educating officials through investments in technology and training. A national search for a new coordinator will be launched immediately," added Scott.

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