A week in the life of a college football official
Football officials can work up to 40 hours a week in addition to “regular” jobs.
And it's not just NFL officials who pull double duty.
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NFL officials from Oklahoma:
Derrick Bowers (Ada): When a new deal is reached, Bowers, a head linesman, will begin his 10th NFL season.
Mike Weatherford (Edmond): Veteran NFL official worked the Super Bowl two years ago in Arlington, Texas.
NFL substitute officials
Kevin Akin (OKC): Formerly worked in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Robert Dalton (Ardmore): Formerly worked in the Lone Star Conference.
Eric Hoffman (Broken Arrow): Calls high school games in the Tulsa area.
Derrick Rhone-Dunn (OKC): Former Big 12 and Arena Football League official.
Randy Tabler (Ardmore): Formerly worked in the Lone Star Conference.
Officials that work Division I and II games essentially have two full-time jobs.
Todd Ragsdale, who assigns high school officials in the Tulsa area and works Division II games in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, provided details of an MIAA official's week:
Saturday: Game day. Arrive four hours early. Discuss rules, review training tape from previous week, meet with clock operator, coaches, sideline personnel and TV production truck. Call the game.
Sunday: Review film of Saturday's game. Provide a detailed report to MIAA evaluator, listing every play. Conference call with seven-man crew to discuss the previous game.
“We talk about everything we're graded on to see what we can do to improve,” Ragsdale said. “We ask, ‘Was it a good call, marginal call, incorrect call? Were we in the right position? Could you have helped me on that play?' It's very in-depth. It's a lot of paper work and entering data online.”
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