Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced Monday that official Cat Conti will work the Sept. 6 game between Kansas and Southeast Missouri State, making her the first female official to referee a game involving a Big 12 team.
Female Cat Conti will officiate Sept. 6 game between SE Missouri and Kansas. "She's a darn good official," Bowlsby says. — Ryan Autullo (@AutulloAAS) July 21, 2014
Big 12 commish Bob Bowlsby announces Catherine “Cat” Conti will work the SE Missouri-Kansas game. “A good opportunity for her and for us." — George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) July 21, 2014
Conti has been an official since 2000, working her way up through high school, junior college and Division II games. She worked her first Division I game in 2010, and became a full-time official for the Southland Conference in 2011.
According to FoxSports.com, Conti's goal is to become an NFL referee.
In 2007, Sarah Thomas became the first female official to work a Division I game. The NFL has been considering making her a full-time official, which could occur this season, according to CBSSports.com.
- Ben Estes