Cat Conti is set to become the first woman to officiate a Big 12 game when she works the game between
"She is not there because she is a female," Bob Bowlsby, the league's commissioner, said Monday. "She is there because she's paid her dues and because she is a really outstanding football official. … This is a good opportunity for her and a good opportunity for us, and I don't think you'll really notice much about how the officiating is done on the game. But it's significant that she's doing it."
Conti will be a full-time official in the Mountain West this season, and hopes to one day become an NFL official.
"That's the ultimate dream," Conti told USA Today Sports. "But if this Big 12 game is the highest I ever get, it's certainly been a great career."
Kansas Coach Charlie Weis said that he's excited to be a part of this milestone -- but added that he will have to make one major adjustment on the field.