The Mountain West and PAC-12 have taken enormous steps toward making sure that they have fairly called games when it comes to basketball. It seems like the rest of the western America conferences want to join in on the rapidly-growing alliance.
According to College Basketball Talk, the Big West, WAC, and WCC have all joined in with the two conferences to create a large officiating alliance over the next few seasons. This makes five out of the six conferences whose teams are mostly, if not all, in the western part of the United States a part of the alliance. The Big Sky is the only exception.
Bobby Dibler, officiating coordinator of the Mountain West, will preside over the alliance according to a press release:
A major focus of the expanded alliance will be training. Prior to the season, Dibler and staff will host a training clinic for all roster officials to review mechanics, game situations, rules knowledge and other key factors to ensure they are among the best trained in the country. Officials from all five of the conferences will participate, furthering the impact of the collaboration on officiating in the western United States.
The conferences will certainly need some extra and more proficient officiating with all the new rules in place for college basketball this season. The biggest rule is the decrease in time on the shot clock form thirty-five seconds to thirty.
The need for better officiating arose a few seasons ago after people began dubbing games “whistle fests.” This in turn caused games to drag on a lot longer than they should have, which caused fans to become less interested in the game and tune into other programs.
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