When the Miles Golden Bears and Lane Dragons line up to play in their Division II football matchup on Thursday night, the NCAA will be making history.
The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, an Atlanta-based league comprised of historically black schools, said Thursday night’s game at Miles will mark the first time a mostly female officiating crew has worked an NCAA football game. The league said NFL director of football officials David Coleman and director of recruiting Ron Baynes will attend the game to evaluate the officials’ performance.
This may seem ho-hum to most college football fans, because it is a Div. II contest, but make no mistake, we are on the way to this happening in an FBS contest in the near future.
Football and basketball officials alike are trying to make the men’s sports accessible to both men and women on the officiating side. There always seems to be some blow-back on the initial installment of these types of things, but I don’t care who officiates the game, as long as they know the rules and understand how to call a football game. Can’t be any worse than some of the officials in today’s game.