Wednesday, December 26, 2007

One of the Calls in Question

If you had money riding on the Illinois-Ohio State game on Nov. 10, you've probably read about the checkered past of Big Ten referee Stephen Pamon that was outlined in a Yahoo! Sports story by Josh Peter. Pamon, a crew chief who has worked for the conference since 1988, has a checkered history of bankruptcy, casino gambling, child abuse and allegations of sexual harassment.

Here is video of one of the calls Pamon and his crew missed during the Fighting Illini-Buckeye game, won by Illinois, 28-21, The crew is also being criticized for its work in the Penn State-Purdue game on Nov. 3.

Pamon and his then-wife filed for bankruptcy in 2002 after amassing $429,409 in debt, an amount that Pamon's sister-in-law told Yahoo! Sports was in part because of gambling losses. Two of the creditors were casinos.

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