After 20 years officiating college football in the Big Ten, Dan Capron is ready to enjoy the next chapter of his career. He sat down with the Chicago Tribune earlier this week to discuss several stories from his time as a referee.
Not only did Capron address his crew’s blown call in the national championship game between Alabama and Georgia back in 2018, he revealed who’s the worst coach that he’s worked with.
Capron worked with Jim Harbaugh, Urban Meyer and other high-profile coaches over the course of his career. However, none of them were considered the “worst” to the longtime Big Ten official.
According to Capron, the worst coach that he’s worked with was Bo Pelini.
Pelini was the head coach at Nebraska from 2008-2014. Capron recalled a story from a Nebraska-Purdue game where Pelini lose his temper and basically called for the official’s job.
From the Chicago Tribune:
My umpire looks at me and I swear he says, “White ball.” Meaning Purdue. Nebraska is in red. I step out and I point: Purdue ball. Simultaneous with me, my center judge points the other way. Nebraska’s ball. Now we are convicted of being idiots. No matter what else happens, we are the three stooges.
Unbeknownst to me, Coach P is over there on the sideline going crazy. I step out and announce: The ruling on the field is that the loose ball was recovered by Nebraska. It will be second down and 10 at the such-and-such yard line. As I turn to the Nebraska sideline, he is pointing at me, screaming at the top of his lungs, “I’ll have your job!” The moment “job” was out of his mouth, my flag hit its apex. So now there’s 15 yards against Nebraska.
Capron also brought up a time when Pelini nearly struck an official with his cap.
Fortunately for Capron, he’ll no longer have to deal with coaches freaking out on the sidelines anymore.