The Big 12 plans to increase number of officials working games

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer
Just one more man to blame. (US Presswire)

Some very good news for college football fans who like to yell at officials and blame them for everything during games. In the Big 12 next season, there will be even more officials on the field for you to get mad at.

In 2013, the Big 12 will hold a one-year trial in which it will use eight officials per game rather than seven.

"With offenses throwing more and going to the spread, the coverages that were for decades defined by seven officials are really appearing to be inadequate just to keep pace with the game," Big 12 officiating coordinator Walt Anderson told AL.com .

"Once a play develops, you basically have five officials covering half the players downfield on pass routes and two officials [referee and umpire] covering the other half. That's not a very good mathematical mix."

The idea was approved by the football officiating coordinators but still has to be approved by both the Big 12 athletic directors and the NCAA rules committee.

If an eighth official is added, they will line up with the head referee in the offensive backfield.

Of course, the question here is: if there is an extra official added, will this lead to games being called better, or will it just be one more person out there throwing penalty flags?

I can understand why this idea would be considered because, after all, more eyes watching means more things will be seen. It's just that, to make the eighth official seem necessary for this experiment to be adopted full-time throughout college football, I worry the eighth official will decide that calling penalties is how he can demonstrate his importance.

And more calls being made means there will be more bad calls, and isn't that the problem in the first place?

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