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Thurow is the most experienced with nine years in Division II and III. Foster has four years in Division II, Stropolo is the least experienced with three years in Division III. Bobcock has five years in Division III and other levels.

The alternate will be Tim Keese, who has five years’ experience at Division II and other levels.

“Consistency is the most important thing with officiating,” Goodell said.

The league plans to continue to evaluate every play, official by official, to see if they made the right call, Goodell promised. He also expects a bunch of calls on Monday, a day the majority of teams play.

“Officiating is not perfect, but we believe that we have the best officials and that we can get better, and that’s what we’re trying to do long-term,” Goodell said.

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