In an oddly timed release Wednesday night, the Pac-12 announced that the league’s coordinator of officials, Tony Corrente, has resigned in mid-season for what it called personal and professional reasons.
No obvious reasons I know of for the move, and a source close to officiating circles said he was unaware of why Corrente is stepping down. There have been several discontented coaches lately, but no full-blown foulup like the Wisconsin-Arizona State mess in September of 2013.
Stanford’s David Shaw wasn’t pleased with the disparity in penalties in a loss at Notre Dame — nine for Stanford to a single one for 10 yards for the Irish. Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre just got fined $10,000 by the league for chasing an official over a non-pass interference call against Oregon State. Washington State’s Mike Leach was unhappy with a critical non-call of pass interference against Oregon, as well as a non-call of what he contends was a late touchdown that might have won last week’s game against Cal.
Taking over on an interim basis for Corrente is Jim Blackwood, who was WAC coordinator of officials until he retired from that post in 2012.