Pac-12 announces new communications protocols for football officiating & releases new replay officiating procedures


Increased transparency around significant calls and new replay procedures

follow recommendations of independent football officiating review

SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference announced today details around its planned implementation of two key recommendations from the recently completed independent football officiating review conducted by Sibson Consulting that was released during the Pac-12’s annual football media day on July 24, including increased public communications around significant calls and new replay procedures.

The new communications protocol is designed to increase transparency and public comment around significant calls that meet certain criteria.  Beginning this football season, the Pac-12 will issue public statements on calls that, in the Pac-12 Vice President of Officiating’s determination, meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Game-ending call or no-call impacting the result of the game;

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  • Call involving a significant error in officiating mechanics;
  • Call involving an error in rules interpretation; or
  • Other extraordinary circumstances

Any public statement will be issued no later than the end of the day following the game in which the call occurred.

Additionally, the Pac-12 released today its new Centralized Replay Manual (available here) that sets forth processes and procedures that will be in effect for this coming football season.  The new Centralized Replay Manual makes clear that the Supervisor of Replay Officials is the ultimate decision maker on replay calls, and strictly prohibits any communication with or access to the replay decision-making process from those other than the command center replay officials and in-stadium replay officials, with the exception of critical rules interpretation issues in which the Vice President of Officiating shall be allowed to input.

“We learned a lot from the independent review and I want to thank our subcommittee of athletic directors for overseeing this important work,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “We are committed to implementing the review recommendations to ensure that our officiating program is as strong as possible. Strengthened replay protocols and increased transparency are essential to this goal.”

Additional recommendations of the independent football officiating review that are being implemented with immediate effect include the head of football officiating reporting directly to the Commissioner rather than the football administrator, along with enhancements to training programs for officials and more consistency in grading and training from officiating supervisors.

About the Pac-12 Conference

The Conference has a tradition as the “Conference of Champions,” leading the nation in NCAA Championships in 53 of the last 59 years, with 526 NCAA team titles overall. The Conference comprises 12 leading U.S. universities – the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Colorado, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, the University of Washington and Washington State University. For more information on the Conference’s programs, member institutions, and Commissioner Larry Scott, go to