NEW YORK (AP) The Big East and the Atlantic Coast Conference have formed a men's basketball officiating alliance, which also includes the Atlantic 10 and Colonial Athletic Association, which have previously collaborated with the ACC.

The alliance, which was announced Tuesday, begins immediately and will enable the four conferences to work together on all officiating matters and will serve to enhance training, development, recruitment, retention and feedback for its basketball officials.

John Cahill, the Big East's Supervisor of Officials, and Bryan Kersey, the ACC's Coordinator of Men's Basketball Officiating, both former NCAA referees, will manage officiating operations for the alliance.

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