NCAA Committee Proposes Rule Changes

By Amanda Staver
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The NCAA released a statement on Wednesday that announced proposed rule changes for college football. Apparently the committee met earlier in the week and came up with several new rules. Most notable was the new rule proposing to keep student-athletes safe by ejecting players who target and contact defenseless players above the shoulders.

The other rule changes included (from :

To add a 10-second runoff with less than a minute remaining in either half when the sole reason for the clock to stop is an injury.

To establish three seconds as the minimum amount of time required to be on the game clock in order to spike the ball to stop the clock. If one or two seconds remain on the clock, there is only time for the offense to run one more play.

To require a player that changes numbers during the game to report this to the referee, who will announce this.

To only allow one player number to be worn by the same team and participate at the same position (e.g., two quarterbacks on the same team are not allowed to have the same number).

To require teams to have either their jersey or pants contrast in color to the playing field.

To allow the use of electronic communication by the on-field officiating crew after successful experimentation by the Southeastern Conference. This is not a required piece of equipment but will allow officiating crews to use this tool.

To allow the Big 12 Conference to experiment with using an eighth official on the field in conference games. This official would be placed in the backfield opposite the referee.

To allow instant replay to adjust the clock at the end of each quarter. Previously this provision was only in place for the end of each half.

I am a fan of trying to prevent player injuries, but a targeting penalty may present some issues if handled wrong. If targeting penalty is called on a player it will result in an automatic ejection and a 15-yard penalty. Being a referee that miscalls a penalty is going to receive NFL replacement ref-type flak.

They already have a targeting penalty in place, and according to the NCAA, they said they feel that the call on the field is right a majority of  the time when it is used. What about the times they are wrong?

The rule is being put in place to change the players behavior when it comes to targeting and project safety. And like I said, I’m all for that. I just hope the officials can implement it properly.


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