Big 12 names 1st female football ref

Catherine Conti reacts to the news that she has been assigned to officiate a Big 12 football game.

DALLAS -- The Big 12 Conference has assigned a female official to work one of its games for the first time in league history.

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Catherine Conti will be the first female official to work a Big 12 football game.

Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday that Catherine "Cat" Conti will be on the crew for Kansas' season opener Sept. 6 at home against Southeast Missouri State.

While calling this a good opportunity for Conti and the league, Bowlsby says Big 12 officiating supervisor Walt Anderson assigned Conti "because she is just a darned good official."

Bowlsby also said Conti, a Southland Conference official, has paid her dues.

Kansas coach Charlie Weis jokingly said he'll try not to use as many curse words during the game.

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