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SBC announces MBK officiating changes

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The Sun Belt Conference announced today that it has entered into a partnership with the American Athletic Conference, Atlantic Sun Conference, and Southeastern Conference for its men's basketball officiating program.

Mark Whitehead, a 32-year veteran of college basketball officiating and a five-time NCAA Final Four official, will take the managing role for the consortium.

"Participation in this consortium will provide Sun Belt Conference men's basketball with a foundation and structure that will improve the overall quality of its officiating," said Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson. "Under the leadership of Mark Whitehead, I strongly believe this will benefit our coaches and student-athletes and the sport of men's basketball in the Sun Belt."

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Whitehead, a native of Denham Springs, La., worked regularly as an official in the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, American, Mountain West, Conference USA and Missouri Valley conferences and was selected to work the NCAA men's basketball tournament 22 consecutive years, including 18 times in the NCAA regional round. He was selected by the NCAA to officiate the Final Four on five occasions, most recently in April of 2016 in Houston. He also worked Final Four assignments in 1999 at Tampa, 2011 at Houston, 2012 at New Orleans and 2013 at Atlanta.

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