For several years now, the ACC has been part of a large officiating alliance in college basketball that has seen the conference share officials with a number of other conferences.
The conference seems to be on a similar track in football. The league created an alliance with the American Athletic Conference, Big South Conference and independent Army prior to the 2018 season.
For the 2019 season, the Colonial Athletic Association, Ivy League and Patriot League have joined the alliance.
Adding to the depth of the officiating pool allows for the best officials to work more of the highest profile games, more consistent officiating from league to league and a system that enables more talented officials to move up the ranks quickly. They will also provide joint recruitment and training initiatives for new officials.
“It’s important to build consistency and quality throughout the football officiating ranks as well as provide support to both current and future officials,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a press release. “We welcome the Colonial Athletic Association, Ivy and Patriot Leagues to the alliance and believe this is another step in combining expertise and resources for the enhancement of the officiating programs.”
The ACC’s basketball officiating alliance currently includes the Atlantic 10, Big East, Big South, Colonial Athletic Association, Ivy League, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, Northeast 10, Northeast Conference and Patriot League.