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Pac-10's Officiating Conflict of Interest

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In the world of officiating, perception is as important as reality. Let's hope first-year Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott realizes this as he continues to examine ways to improve the conference.

Pac-10 officials can't stay out of the headlines lately.

The conference acknowledged Tuesday that an official incorrectly tagged Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict with a fourth-quarter facemask call.

Additionally, an apparent rash of fake injuries by conference players to disrupt opposing offenses has some asking the Pac-10 to do more.

Nothing is more disconcerting, however, than a Pac-10 policy that allows its officials to work games that feature their alma mater.

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