One thing we're learning about Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott: When he says he's going to do something, he does.
Scott talked about expansion and he did it. And he talked about improving football officiating, and it appears he's well on his way to doing that.
Mike Pereira, the Pac-12's interim coordinator of football officiating, has dismissed 11 officials who worked games last year and will hire 16 new officials heading into the 2011 season, according to the Seattle Times. Those new officials will be lured away from the Big 12, Mountain West and WAC, per the report.
Pereira doesn't mince words with his evaluation of the conference's officiating.
"I certainly did not think that for a geographic area like the West Coast that can draw from a lot of officials, I certainly didn't think it was at the level that it could be," he told the Times. "I'm not saying it was horrible, but it was not at the level that it deserved to be and that this conference deserves to have."
My guess is some of you might agree.
Couple of other notes of interest from the Times story by Bob Condotta.
Pereira said the conference's entire officiating program is being reorganized, starting with the hiring of seven supervisors to oversee each of the seven officiating positions (referee, umpire, linesman, line judge, back judge, field judge, side judge), as well as one for the replay booth.
There will be a new "officiating command center" at the conference office in Walnut Creek, Calif., which matches other BCS conferences.
Sixteen new officials will give the conference seven seven-man crews, a personnel increase due to the addition of two new teams to the conference.