It was another banner weekend for Pac-12 officiating, where it seemed like every game was affected by a very questionable Pac-12 call.
- In Arizona vs. Oregon, two unsportsmanlike penalty calls kept alive drives for both teams. Although technically within the letter of the law, both calls led to touchdowns. Thankfully, they cancelled each other out.
- In Stanford vs. Notre Dame, the Cardinal were penalized nine times for 66 yards. The Irish had a lone ONE penalty for ten yards.
- In Oregon State vs. Colorado, an offensive pass interference on Colorado and a missed defensive PI on Oregon State turned Mike MacIntyre stark raving mad. He was eventually fined $10K.
- In USC vs. Arizona State, apparently ASU demanded a challenge without any timeouts left. That's not really allowed.
- In UCLA vs. Utah, the officials awarded UCLA an extra field goal after this wonderful flop.
- In Cal vs. Washington State, the officials might have missed a late touchdown, and didn't even bother to stop to review the call.
Who knows if this was a response to the events of this weekend, but a change has been made. Pac-12 Coordinator of Football Officiating Tony Corrente is out. Here's the release from Pac-12.com.
SAN FRANCISCO – Tony Corrente, Pac-12 Coordinator of Football Officiating, resigned Tuesday citing personal and professional reasons, and Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has appointed Jim Blackwood as interim coordinator, the Conference said today.
Blackwood's officiating career includes more than two decades as a college conference coordinator and 10 years as an NFL instant replay official. He was previously serving as the Instant Replay Supervisor under Corrente. Blackwood will work closely with Pac-12 Command Center Supervisor Rich Rose and the seven other position Supervisors and report to Pac-12 head of football Woodie Dixon.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott expressed his appreciation for Corrente’s service to the Conference. “Under Tony’s leadership, our program made great strides in improving the quality, accountability and consistency. While it’s unfortunate that Tony has decided to leave us at this time, I want to express my appreciation for his contribution, and for leaving our officiating program strong and headed in the right direction.”
Blackwood will serve as interim coordinator for the remainder of the season and the Pac-12 will begin a search for a permanent replacement after the season.