Ex NFL Officiating head Blandino for college role

Former NFL Snr VP of Officiating Dean Blandino has accepted a role to improve the use of replay in college football.

What this doesn’t mean is that Blandino will step away from his role as TV officiating analyst for Fox.  Blandino takes over this role from Jim Blackwood who took on the role in 2016.

“I’m extremely excited to join the CFO and NCAA in this role, I’ve spent much of my career in the replay space and look forward to continuing to improve our processes and programming with the ultimate goal of efficient – and correct – outcomes.” – Dean Blandino

Blandino served the NFL in a variety of roles, starting his career in 1994. He was named the senior vice president of officiating in 2013 and served in that capacity until his departure in 2017 to join Fox Sports as an on-air rules analyst for NCAA and NFL broadcasts. Blandino has served as a clinician and educator during the CFO/NCAA national replay clinics over the past few years.

The most interesting thing about Dean’s new additional role is that it will only be during the college off-season that dean will be involved.  Also unlike Dean’s role at the NFL’s Instant Replay centre, there is no centralised, in-game responsibility, rather that was left to the conferences, either individually or as a coalition.

If there is a matter of interpretation during the season it would be handled by the conferences themselves and Rogers Redding, the national coordinator of officials.

“[Dean] has a wealth of experience with instant replay, and his gift for teaching will add immensely to our training of replay officials. Dean’s deep knowledge base will enable us to be very strategic moving forward.” – Rogers Redding.

Amongst the other candidates considered for the role were NFL referee Terry McAulay, who recently had to give up his job with the American Athletic Conference as their supervisor after a number of organisations merged.

“Dean emerged as the best candidate from a talented group of people interested in helping shape the future of instant replay in college football. His expertise and skills will help guide this important aspect of officiating.” NCAA, Mid-American Conference commissioner and CFO board member Jon Steibrecher.

Dean’s new position will be structured to focus on off-season development and educational duties, while allowing Blandino to continue his broadcasting role. For the 2018 season, the position begins immediately and will conclude at the end of August. Duties will start again in January 2019 until the start of the season.

The CFO is made up of the 10 Division I Football Bowl Subdivision commissioners, two Football Championship Subdivision commissioners and two NCAA representatives. The CFO was established in 2008 to manage Division I football officiating initiatives on a national scale.

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