ACC Ref Hyson Part Of Rose Bowl Crew


ACC Ref Hyson Part Of Rose Bowl Crew

Special From News Leader/Patrick Hite

Several years ago, Jim Hyson was scheduled to officiate a Notre Dame-University of Southern California game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

While there, he made a point of driving past the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. And, until last last week, that was as close as the Waynesboro man had ever come to the historic football venue.

Now, he can say he’s not only been inside the Rose Bowl, but on the field itself. In Monday’s game, one of two College Football Playoff semifinals, Hyson was part of the officiating crew that worked Georgia’s 54-48, double overtime win over Oklahoma.

The Atlantic Coast Conference official was selected, based on grades given by the conference’s coordinator of officials, to be part of the crew for the Rose Bowl. Hyson was an umpire in the game.

“Somebody somewhere must have thought I did a pretty decent job,” Hyson said of being chosen to do the game.

ACC Ref Hyson Part Of Rose Bowl Crew

He arrived in Pasadena on Dec. 28 and finally arrived back home in Waynesboro late on Tuesday.

In the days leading up to the game, the officials and their families got a tour of both the Rose Bowl Stadium and the facility where the floats for the Rose Bowl parade are assembled.

Hyson also got to go through a dress rehearsal for the opening of the game since he was one of two officials taking part in the coin toss. The referee actually tossed the coin, but Hyson was next to him when he did.

 Hyson found out about his assignment on Dec. 4, the day after bowls selected participating teams. The Rose Bowl, nicknamed “The Granddaddy of Them All,” was first played in 1902. With all of the history and pageantry surrounding the game, getting selected to work it is quite an honor.

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ACC Ref Hyson Part Of Rose Bowl CrewPatrick Hite – Patrick is a sports writer and multi-media host (vlog/podcast) for the News Leader in Staunton, VA.

Hite has covered the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament, All-American Soap Box Derby and the NCAA Division I-AA National Football Championship. Plus, a tee-ball game on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C.

Patrick has written two books including “Mad About U: Four Decades of Basketball at University Hall” with Chris Graham and his most recent, “The Staunton Streak: Paul Hatcher’s Basketball Dynasty“.

Hite originated ACC Nation (radio show, website, blog and podcast) in the mid-2000’s.

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