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.