For early spring, I sure gobbled up this football feature by Wendell Barnhouse about the way officiating is evaluated in the Big 12 Conference. Not without interruption, though.
I did pause for a moment at one particular part.
Officiating can be a flash point with fans but the numbers show that the Big 12 has consistently improved. Based on the Accuracy Measure that the NFL uses, Big 12 officials were accurate 98.40 percent of the time in 2012. NFL numbers aren’t available for last season, but in 2011 NFL officials’ accuracy was measured at 98.47; the Big 12 officials in 2011 measured at 98.08.
“We have 14 to 15 NFL officials who help us grade the games,” Boston said. “And we take it another step, we have a double check system. Walt and I will then go in and grade the grader to make sure we’re sending a consistent message to the officials.”
That’s pretty darned good, no? I don’t remember too much complaining about officiating in the football season before the chaos at the Pinstripe Bowl – Aside: Pac-12 crew … Sean Miller news … I digress – but I’d like to formally invite Mr. B. to a similar look at basketball officiating.