A female official will work a Big 12 football game for the first time this season, and it will happen in the Sunflower State.
Catherine Conti will be part of the officiating team when Kansas opens the year against Southeast Missouri State on Sept. 6 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence.
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced the news Monday during a state-of-the-conference address at the conference’s football media days.
Conti is an experienced line judge with dreams of working in the NFL.
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Bowlsby said he was proud to add Conti to the Big 12’s officiating team. He thinks her appearance should help other aspiring female officials chase their dreams, but he also thinks she is good at her job.
“She’s a darn good official,” Bowlsby said. “It’s a good opportunity for her and for us.”
Kansas coach Charlie Weis will be on the sideline for the historic game. When asked for his thoughs, Weis said: “I’ll try to watch my language; I believe in the old-fashioned way.”
Weis continued: “So I’ll try not to use as many bad words. But it means nothing to me. It’s great that a woman is put in a position where she can be put on equal footing with the men. And if I said other than that, I’d be in trouble with my wife. So all power to her. And that’s an honest answer.”