Cat Conti to become Big 12's first female official to work game

Monday July 21st, 2014

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.

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.

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According to, 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

- Ben Estes

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