Fight Hunger Bowl will be first FBS game with 2 female officials

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The Fight Hunger Bowl will make history with two female officials this year.

The game between BYU and Washington on Dec. 27 in San Francisco will be called by a crew from Conference USA that includes Sarah Thomas as line judge and Maia Chaka as head linesman.

NCAA national coordinator of officials Rogers Redding says it is the first time two female officials have worked the same FBS game.

A Division II game earlier this year between Miles College and Lane had four female officials. That was billed as the first NCAA game with a majority-female officiating crew.

GEORGIA: Ramik Wilson, the Southeastern Conference’s leading tackler, hasn’t asked for a projection from the NFL Draft underclassmen advisory committee.

But the junior linebacker hasn’t made up his mind about returning for his final season.

The first-team All-SEC selection said a big influence will be Kirk Olivadotti, his position coach who worked in the NFL with the Washington Redskins.

“He’s like a father figure to me,” said Wilson, who has 128 tackles and four sacks this year in his first season starting. “He’s going to help me make the best decision for me.”

• Georgia was listed eighth and South Carolina 18th in Forbes magazine’s list of the most valuable college football teams.

Texas was ranked No. 1 at a value of $139 million, almost 20 percent more than Notre Dame at No. 2. The Irish are valued at $117 million.

BOWLING GREEN: Hired Eastern Illinois’ Dino Babers as its new coach.

Babers led Eastern Illinois to a 12-2 record and the FCS quarterfinals this season.

He replaces Dave Clawson, who guided Bowling Green to a Mid-American Conference title before leaving for Wake Forest earlier this month.

Babers was 19-7 in two seasons at EIU. He took over a team that had finished last in the Ohio Valley Conference in 2011 and helped it finish 6-1 in the league the next season.

Before joining Eastern Illinois, Babers spent four seasons working at Baylor under coach Art Briles. He served as the special teams coordinator, recruiting coordinator and outside receivers coach for the Bears.

The 52-year-old Babers has more than 30 years’ experience as an assistant in FBS.


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