Official

R. L. Patey

Inducted 1986


  • Worked over 800 High School Games
  • Seventeen High School Bowl Games
  • 2 TSSAA Football All-Star Games
  • 5 TSSAA Football State Championship Games

TSSAA Supervisor Volunteer Conference 8 Years (1962 – 1970)

TSSAA Coordinator of Officiating Crews for State Championship 16 Years (1984 – 2000)

TSSAA Commissioner and Supervisor Big Ten Conference 15 Years (1971 1986)

Member of State Football Committee 19 Years (1954 – 1973)

TSSAA Supervisor-at-Large 19 Years (1986 – Present)

Authored a children’s book titled “The Illustrated Rules of Football”, initiated by the TSSAA administration and endorsed by the NFHS

  • Collegiate Official working over 300 College Football Games
  • Officiated in 7 of the then 8 Collegiate Bowl games that took place at that time
  • Chief Umpire in both the Southeastern and Ohio Valley Conferences
  • Supervisor of Officials for Ohio Valley Conference 21 years
  • Ohio Valley Conference Supervisor Emeritus
  • Southeastern Conference Technical Advisor
  • Clinician for 4 TSSAA Officiating Clinics
  • Speaker at 2 National Federation State High School Associations (NFHS) Conventions
  • Speaker at 1 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Convention
  • Conducted officiating clinics in Germany in 2000 and 2001
  • Lawrenceburg Quarterback Club State Prep Official Award
  • Jackson-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame Inductee
  • All-American Football Foundation Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Collegiate Commissioners Officiating Hall of Fame Inductee
  • College Football Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Legendary Sports Editor Fred Russell considered Patey “one of football’s best ever officials”
  • Executive Secretary of NCAA Supervisors from (1992 – 1999)
  • Member of NCAA Football Rules Editorial Committee (1992 – 1999)
  • The Collegiate Commissioners Association dedicated all 2000 football manuals to Buddy Patey
  • 2000 CCA National Football Officiating Manual Dedication described Patey as a “Legend Among Football Officials”

Other 1986 Inductees

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