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Former Yale Athlete to Work BCS Title Game

Former Yale Athlete to Work BCS Title Game

Dec. 10, 2003

New Haven, Conn. - Bob Sokolowski '69, a former Yale running back and baseball captain who is now a lawyer and collegiate football official, has been selected to work the Bowl Championship Series national title game.

The former Bulldog standout, who played for legendary head football coach Carm Cozza, will be the field judge for the 2004 Sugar Bowl game featuring Oklahoma and LSU and televised by ABC at 8 p.m. on January 4 from New Orleans.

Sokolowski, who practices law in Meriden, Conn., has worked seven seasons in the Big East Conference and has been a collegiate official for 27 years. Some of his games this fall included Boston College-Penn State, Miami-Florida State and West Virginia-Maryland. This will be his third college bowl game but first BCS contest.

"This is the highlight of my career as a collegiate official. Only officials from the six major conferences are eligible to work the BCS games, which means there are 400 of us... and just seven of us get chosen for this [Sugar Bowl] game," said Sokolowski who earned varsity letters and a pair of championship rings with the Bulldogs in 1967 and 1968. "What are the odds?"

Sokolowski, also the 1969 Bulldog baseball captain, led the 1967 Yale football team in punt returns with a 10.4 average.

by Steve Conn, Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Sports Publicity