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Scarcity of striped shirts: Why there is a lack of referees

Shaking hands with the official, senior Walker Piles prepares to take the field. Due to the lack of officials, the football team was forced to play Thursday, Oct. 17, opposed to the regular Friday night games. “One reason is a lot of the officials are older and nearing retirement and are not physically able to do it,” varsity football coach Jeff Duncan said. “I think the most significant reason is a lot of refs, just due to the nature of parents and the way that they act and yell along with the coaches and players, makes it not an enjoyable experience for them.”

Drew Boone, Staff Writer

February 25, 2020

In recent years, it has become a far too frequent sight that sporting events turn into two teams versus the officials. While these events are meant to be a safe and competitive environment for the student-athletes participating, the emotions in the heat of the game can cause the players, coaches and ...

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