BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Four female officials will work a game between Division II Miles and Lane today in what appears to be a first for college football.
The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, an Atlanta-based league comprised of historically black schools, said the game at Miles in Fairfield, Ala., will mark the first time a mostly female officiating crew has worked any NCAA football game. The league said the NFL's director of football officials, David Coleman, and director of recruiting Ron Baynes will attend the game to evaluate the officials' performance.
"This is a special opportunity for not only the group of ladies selected to officiate the game but all officials in the SIAC," said Harold Mitchell, supervisor of officials for the SIAC and the Southwestern Athletic Conference. "Playing on a Thursday night is also a great opportunity for our (SIAC) officials to partner with officials from an FCS conference.
"To that point, it's also very important for everyone to understand that the selected crew are all outstanding officials, and not just females."
Yvonda Lewis will be the head linesman and will work with line judge Tangela Mitchell, field judge Sabrina Brunson and back judge Krystle Apellaniz.
All four, who will work with umpire and former NFL player Terry Killens, have risen through the NFL Officiating Development Program.
UCLA The 12th-ranked Bruins could roll into Eugene to face No. 2 Oregon on Saturday with the majority of its offensive line fresh out of high school. UCLA already was starting freshman guard Alex Redmond and tackle Caleb Benenoch.
Now, Scott Quessenberry is likely to be added to the mix. Quessenberry has worked at left guard through the week, which became necessary when tackle Simon Goines suffered a knee injury at Stanford last week. Guard Xavier Su'a-Filo moved to Goines' tackle spot.
West Virginia West Virginia found no misconduct or violations of NCAA rules involving an assistant coach who was identified by Sports Illustrated in articles that detailed allegations of transgressions about Oklahoma State's football program.
Last month, Sports Illustrated identified Joe DeForest as an assistant coach who paid cash bonuses to Oklahoma State players of up to $500 for performance. DeForest spent a decade with the Cowboys before being hired at West Virginia in 2012.
North Carolina State The school said it sent a "no trespass" letter to a former player already banned from contacting athletes for violating NCAA rules, barring Eric Leak and his wife from school property.
Spokesman Brad Bohlander said in a statement university police notified the former Wolfpack receiver this month after the school discovered his wife's car received two campus parking tickets during the spring semester.
The school sent the Leaks a disassociation letter in November 2011 for providing improper benefits to two former basketball players, then referred concerns about him in September 2012 to the North Carolina Secretary of State's Office after he spoke with ex-Wolfpack football player David Amerson.
The Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.