Kentuckian Ben Oldham (pictured) has been tapped to serve as the Replay Official for the 2015 Rose Bowl -- which will be one of the two College Football Playoff semifinal games this football season -- on Thursday, Jan. 1.
“I am blessed,” Oldham said upon receiving what he described as “the call” concluding his 39th season as a Southeastern Conference football official. Ben moved to the replay booth in 2000 after 25 years on the field.
During his career, he has officiated 21 NCAA bowl games including the Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl (twice), Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and Rose Bowl and five SEC Championship games. He now serves as replay official and technical advisor for the SEC.
In 2006, Oldham, who has a doctorate from UK, was inducted in the Georgetown College Athletics Hall of Fame. He was a three-time letterman in track and field for the Tigers. After Georgetown, Oldham began teaching and coaching at Tates Creek High School in Lexington.
Oldham's 1973 track team won the KHSAA State Championship, while his cross country teams were never defeated in dual or triangular meets and his weightlifting teams won seven KHSAA state titles.
Oldham also served as Athletics Director at Georgetown from 2000-2002. He also worked as a professor, Dean of Education and Associate VP for Academic Affairs, all at Georgetown.
Oldham will be in the booth on New Year’s Day when the second-seeded Oregon Ducks face the third-seeded Florida State Seminoles in the Rose Bowl at 5 p.m. (EST).
That game will be followed by the Sugar Bowl from New Orleans where No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide will face the No. 4 Buckeyes of Ohio State at 8:30 p.m. (EST). Both games will be telecast on ESPN.
The semifinal winners will meet in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 12.