The NCAA is under fire far more often than not. From royally screwing over student-athletes to having rules in place regarding confetti cannons – ask Clemson about that one – the NCAA is always in hot water.
With that being said, there is some positive news to report regarding the NCAA and college football and it has to do with proposed rule changes.
The NCAA Football Rules Committee met in Indianapolis this week and came up with some rule changes that – brace yourselves – actually make sense.
There were five rule changes discussed based on the NCAA’s story, but three really stand out above the rest.
The first one is in regard to targeting and the idea that if a player does get ejected from the game they will no longer have to leave the field, instead, they can remain on the sideline and watch the conclusion of the game there.
It’s never made much sense that when a player gets ejected they have to go to the locker room. Now sure, if they throw a fit or something after the call then they could be asked to leave the field, but overall this rule change makes a lot of sense.
The next topic of discussion was duplicate numbers. If you look at a lot of football rosters you’ll notice there are three to four players listed with the same number, especially if the number is a historically popular one. The proposed rule change would limit the same number to only two players on any given roster.
No harm no foul there, but you best believe kids will complain about the fact they have to miss out on a favorite number because someone else got first dibs on the digits.
They also proposed the idea that the number 0 will be added as an official number, which will undoubtedly become a very popular number right away just like it is in basketball.
The last rule change to touch on is perhaps the biggest one that was proposed and that is that reviews take no longer than two minutes. Not one single human on the planet would be opposed to this rule change.
For the first time, the committee recommended a guideline for instant replay officials to complete video reviews in less than two minutes. Committee members think this proposal will increase the pace of play.
All rules proposals must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which is scheduled to discuss these proposed football rule changes on April 16.