The Big Ten commissioner denied any football games were fixed this season, even though an official with a criminal background worked the games, the Chicago Tribune reports. Referee Stephen Pamon was in charge of both the Purdue-Penn State game and the Ohio State-Illinois matchup; both games were marred by controversial calls.
Yahoo! Sports reports that Pamon filed for bankruptcy recently, and is a problem casino gambler with a history of beating women and children. Commissioner Jim Delany admitted that Pamon's off-the-field life is troubling, but refused to question his on-the-field work. The Big Ten does background checks on officials, but now will do them annually.