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Being a college football official is hard. I tried it at the South Carolina spring game

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The pass is on target. The catch is clean. The receiver is running free – and right at me. These were some of the thoughts that raced through my mind last Saturday afternoon, as A.J. Turner headed toward the end zone. Here was another: RUN! I’d been backpedaling, trying to maintain the proper distance and angle. Now it was time to turn and run for the goal line. I got there — and somehow drifted a couple of steps past, into the end zone — just before Turner arrived. But I threw my arms up: Touchdown. And there was the highlight of my afternoon as a back judge. Actually, that’s not quite right. The entire weekend, participating on a guest officiating crew for the South Carolina spring game, was a highlight — i ...