Petition summary and background: Over the past several seasons, the officiating crew led by Jay Stricherz (i.e. Referee: Jay Stricherz; Umpire: Doug Wilson; Linesman: Edwin Walker; Line judge: Jeff Robinson; Back judge: M. Aaronian; Field judge: Jeffrey Bell; Side judge: Aaron Santi) has continually disgraced the PAC-10 conference with phantom penalties, non-calls on clear personal fouls, and overall poor officiating that has determined outcomes of both games and seasons. On October 24, 2009, their failure to call a personal foul on Taylor Mays of USC after he ripped Oregon States James Rodgers’ helmet off was the latest curious non-call; the play occurred in front of an official, and it is a call that must be made in order to discourage personal fouls that could result in injury or worse for the recipient of the blow. Earlier in the game the crew missed a dual horsecollar/facemask penalty. The officiating by this crew is beginning to make PAC-10 fans not only worry for their players’ safety, but also question the integrity of the conference and college football as a whole.
Action Petitioned For: We, the undersigned below, believe that the PAC-10 should review and reprimand these officials, strip them from any bowl game privileges, provide a public explanation of the findings from your review, and offer an apology to both the players and fans affected.