First Female Referee Assigned to Big 12 Football

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1  Updated at 1:58 am, July 22nd, 2014 By: ABC Digital
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iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — Big 12 Football will make another bit of history when the college football season kicks off this fall. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced on Monday that the first female referee in league history has been assigned to work one of its games.

Bowlsby said Catherine “Cat” Conti will be on the field during Kansas’ home opener on Sept. 6 against Southeast Missouri State. Conti had previously worked as an official with the Southland Conference.

The league commissioner noted that Conti has paid her dues and earned a chance to be on the field. Bowlsby also explained that Walt Anderson, Big 12 officiating supervisor, assigned Conti to the game because, “she is just a darned good official.”


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  • footballmomsrock

    I have an 8 year old daughter that is qb on her youth team. She is determined to have a carrer in nfl. Watch out boys. Better do your stat home work. #girl power