In the spring of 2019, the SEC invited a number of media members to participate as game officials during Georgia's Spring Football Game and to engage with the SEC Network. The media participants were provided behind-the-scenes information and experiences, which they in turn used to educate the public on procedures related to SEC football officiating. In addition to ESPN talent, the SEC worked with media representatives from the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, CBSsports.com and USA Today.
2019 SEC Spring Game Officials included Todd Blackledge (ESPN), Dusty Dvoracek (ESPN), Molly McGrath (ESPN), Sean McDonough (ESPN), Andy Staples (Sports Illustrated), Marty Smith (ESPN), Dennis Dodd (CBSsports.com) and Ralph Russo (AP).
Below are several stories written by national media members who participated in the spring game officiating experience.
Dennis Dodd, CBSsports.com:
Find it tough to empathize with college football officials? Try being one of them
Andy Staples, Sports Illustrated:
An Impossible Job: Inside My Long Day as a College Football Line Judge
Ralph Russo, AP:
'This isn't for everyone': A labor of love for football refs
George Schroeder, USA Today:
Being Georgia spring game replay official offers view of college football through unique lens