For our conversation this week, we welcome NCAA Football Official Mike Cannon. For more than 30 years, he’s been patrolling the football field as a Field Judge.
Just recently, he was selected to be on the officiating crew for the 2010 BCS National Championship featuring the Oregon Ducks and the Auburn Tigers game in Phoenix, AZ in early January 2011.
You’ll quickly realize that when it comes to football, I don’t know much – I’m pretty sure it has to do with the fact that I am Canadian and was practically born with skates on!!! Regardless, it was a fun and educational conversation for me.
About Mike Cannon
Mike Cannon was born and raised in Campbell, MN. He graduated from Campbell-Tintah High School in 1978. He pursued his studies at North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, ND (graduating in 1980 with A. S. in Business Administration) and in 1982 graduated from Moorhead State University with B. S. in Business Administration.
He started officiating high school basketball in 1979 and high school football in 1980. Since then he’s officiated the following:
- college football in the NCAA Division II North Central Conference from 1988-1999;
- college basketball in NCAA Division II & III conferences from 1984-2006;
- college football in the Big Ten Conference from 2000-present,
He is currently a Field Judge (primary position) and a Referee on a part-time basis. He’s officiated 9 bowl games including the 2005 and 2010 BCS National Championship Games.
When he is not on the field officiating, Mike works at Citizens Bank & Trust Co., Hutchinson, MN where he serves as Executive Vice President. Mike and his wife Amber have three children.Photos courtesy of Citizens Bank & Trust (Hutchinson, MN) and Mike Cannon.