DESTIN, Fla. — There will be a new face at SEC football games this fall.
Longtime referee Tom Ritter is retiring from on-field duty, SEC coordinator of officials Steve Shaw announced on Thursday. Ritter has been with the SEC since 2000, working the 2003 and 2012 championship games.
But Ritter isn’t retiring completely. He will now be working in the replay booth at games, Shaw said.
James Carter, who has been a referee in the SWAC and a line judge in the SEC, will replace Ritter as a referee.
This is the third referee change in the past two years for the SEC. Last year, longtime referees Matt Moore and Penn Wagers moved on. Moore retired and Wagers left to pursue an opportunity in another league.