INDIANAPOLIS -- Longtime college and NFL referee David Parry
will be the first national coordinator of college football
Parry, coordinator of football officials for the Big Ten, will
oversee national training programs for referees, assign and
evaluate postseason officiating crews, and coordinate national
meetings of the referees, the NCAA said Friday.
The NCAA and the Collegiate Commissioners Association also
established College Football Officiating LLC, which will be
governed by a 15-member board.
Eleven representatives will come from the Division I Bowl
Subdivision, two from Division I Championship Subdivision
conferences and two will be appointed by NCAA President Myles
A subsidiary of the NCAA and the CCA, the CFO will aim to create
consistency in applying game rules and officiating mechanics and to
ensure officials and conferences adhere to directives from the NCAA
and commissioners association.
"This cooperative effort ... enhances the existing strong
system in place across conferences and will better position the
officiating community in the future," Tom Jernstedt, an NCAA
executive vice president and chairman of the CFO board, said in a
statement. "College football is experiencing unprecedented fan and
media interest and the potential for growth is very good. We want
to ensure the best possible system is in place to support that
The CFO will also appoint the national coordinator of officials.
Parry, an NCAA official for 20 years and an NFL official for 15
years, was proud to be the first.
"Enhancing college football officiating to the highest level
will be the challenge," he said. "By cooperation and leveraging
the talent within our conferences and inside the NCAA, we can
ensure a shared success."
Parry's experience includes 20 NCAA tournaments, 12 NFL playoffs
and four NFL championship games. He officiated at the Super Bowl in