Big East coordinator of officials will referee Super Bowl

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

It's safe to say that Terry McAulay has some credibility in his job as Big East coordinator of officials.

McAulay, who was hired to oversee the league's zebras last July, will referee his second Super Bowl on Sunday when Pittsburgh plays Arizona in Tampa.

The NFL evaluates its officials, and the ones who earn the best ratings with the requisite experience get to work the Super Bowl. McAulay, who's in his 11th NFL season, is one of the most well-respected officials in the game.

The Big East hired him to improve its officiating, which took its share of lumps after a 2007 season that included such mistakes as the "unfair catch" by UConn's Larry Taylor and a string of headscratchers in the West Virginia-Pitt finale. League officials and coaches have spoken highly of the job McAulay has done to both inform and evaluate the conference officials. While there are always going to be questionable calls, the Big East didn't have any major officiating controversies in 2008.