Big Ten Video Command Center Named in Honor of David M. Parry

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Photo Gallery: David M. Parry Video Command Center Dedication

The Big Ten's state-of-the-art video command center based in the conference's new office and meeting center in Rosemont, Ill., has been named in honor of David M. Parry, the Big Ten Coordinator of Football Officials for two decades who passed away in 2011. The Big Ten held a dedication ceremony and installed a plaque in his honor on May 3, with conference dignitaries and the Parry family in attendance.

Parry served as the Big Ten's Coordinator of Football Officials from 1990-2009, where he played a crucial role in the implementation of the first collegiate football system of instant replay in 2004, which the NCAA approved for use among all conferences in 2006. An NCAA official for 20 years and a National Football League (NFL) official for 15 years, Parry's extensive experience included 20 NCAA Tournaments, 12 NFL playoffs and four NFL championship games. In 1983, he officiated Super Bowl XVII.

Parry was also named the first National Coordinator for College Football Officiating in 2008, and served as the National Coordinator for Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) officiating from 1996-2008. The David M. Parry Award is annually presented to the nation's most outstanding officiating coordinator.

Every nationally-televised Big Ten football, men's basketball and hockey contest is evaluated at the David M. Parry Command Center. The games are recorded and captured in the command center and immediately available for the commissioner and staff to review. The conference has the capability to evaluate each of the officials' calls and provide them the proper critique and training. The center houses eight 60-inch televisions and one 130-inch monitor.

Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune featured the Big Ten's video command center after visiting the facility last November.


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