Big Ten Comments on Isolated Media Reports Regarding Officiating

Sept. 12, 2010

In response to isolated media reports late last week suggesting that the Big Ten Conference had issued an apology related to an officiating call in the Northwestern-Vanderbilt game on September 4, the Big Ten Conference would like to make clear that it supports judgment calls explicitly intended to protect the health and safety of student-athletes. NCAA football playing rules include specific language that encourages officials, when in doubt, to apply the rules to protect the athletes and the conference fully supports them in these instances. Contrary to isolated media reports, the conference did not issue an apology related to any officiating call in the Northwestern-Vanderbilt game.