New CFL director of officiating: ‘I wouldn’t say I’m happy’

The CFL’s new director of officiating says the league has done a poor job of making sure fans know the rules and standards.

Darren Hackwood, who was named senior director of officiating in December, met with the media for the first time on Thursday as part of CFL Week in Winnipeg and was asked for his thoughts on the state of affairs.

“I wouldn’t say I’m happy with where it’s at, we’re always trying to improve. I think our officials do a very difficult job very well but it always has to improve. If we’re not getting better then I don’t know what we’re doing,” he said.

Hackwood was also asked about whether fans have faith in the officiating in the wake of some highly-publicized miscues over the last several seasons.

“I think we’ve done a poor job in the past of educating our fans on the rules and our standards and I think that’s a huge opportunity for us.”

Hackwood, who took over from former on-field official Glen Johnson as the man in charge of the league’s officiating, started with the league as an intern in 2007 and has held several roles in the CFL’s football operations department over the last 10-plus years.