Referee who was knocked out at game said to be okay, school says hit was unintentional

VENTURA, Calif. — A Southern California referee who was knocked unconscious during a college football game is said to be doing fine.

Rich Kollen of the Southern California Football Association says he spoke to the ref Sunday and was told the man was a little sore but has no headache or other problems.

Kollen says the ref was checked for concussion and cleared by trainers for both teams but hasn’t seen a physician.

Kollen says the ref — whose name hasn’t been released — is scheduled to officiate another game Saturday.

Video shows the referee trying to break up a fight during a game Saturday night, and then going down. Mount San Antonio College freshman Vernard Schirmer was arrested on suspicion of battery and has apologized.

The school has concluded the hit was unintentional.

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