A Baltimore Sun reporter says the NFL has hired a college football official named Sarah Thomas, who would become the first woman to work as an official full-time in the pro league. (Shannon Eastin worked as a replacement official during a 2012 labor dispute between officials and the league.)
Thomas is a Mississippi native and former college basketball player who’s worked as an official in college football’s Conference USA since 2007. She’s already the first woman to have officiated a Division I-A (now called FBS) college football game, the first to have officiated a bowl game (the illustrious 2009 Little Caesar’s Bowl), and, it’s only fair to assume, the first woman to have her soul replaced with human or dog excrement.
REFEREE JOKES ASIDE, folks, hopefully the reception Thomas gets in the NFL will be less socially abhorrent than the reception NBC’s College Football Talk blog gave her in 2009: