Preseason Training for Big 12 Referees
Rules, rules, and more rules, they remake up the game of college football. And the officials are supposed to know them all.
"We go over a lot of video from last year to review plays that were officiated correctly and areas that we might need to work on our consistency," said Walt Anderson, Big 12 Supervisor of officials.
"We don't just come in Saturday morning from the bar and go 'here we are to work the game.' The fact is we've had a spring clinic down in Texas earlier this year. This is a three day clinic here. It's the only opportunity that all sixty of the staff can get together in one place and work things out," explained Big 12 official, Rusty Weir.
This year, the Big 12 has two big changes. In order to speed up the game, the refs are going to start the clock after a change of possession before the snap. Also instant replay will be used to challenge an official's call during a coach's challenge.
"With a coach's challenge probably the biggest thing that they'll have to do is not be in the biggest hurry to challenge because it may already be looked at anyway, so the key is going to be hold his patience, let's look a minute, wait for the last possible seconds and then go time out I want to challenge this."
Like players and coaches, the refs are striving for greatness.
"Games will never be perfectly officiated. Never have been, and never will be. But our goal is to try and make them as close to perfect as we can."
It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it.
The three day clinic was held in Columbia, and the officials went through class room drills as well as field mechanics.