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Rule Changes in College Football

Rule Changes in College Football

By the next fall, college football may have a much different look as the NCAA committee has recently approved a series of rules changes for college football.

It comes as, what many consider as another step backwards for the college football. The crux of the matter – stricter taunting rules to be enforced from 2011.

With the new rules in place, the teams will be presented with the option of taking 10 seconds off the clock for penalties that are called in the last minute of both halves. Also apart from the stricter taunting rules where points will be taken off board, they will be contending a more liberalized definition for intentional grounding.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel’s most significant rule change is the one that mimics the NFL’s mandated 10 seconds runoff. The college teams will have three options hence forth if a team’s foul stops the game clock in the final minutes of each of the half. They will have the option of, taking the yardage penalty along with the 10 second rundown, taking the yardage penalty without the 10 second rundown or declining both. The rule, in practice, will be known as the ‘Dooley Rule’ for the coach responsible for giving it an existence.

Put it this way, one of the teams jumps offside with 1:10 on the clock and it gets a penalty of five yards; another team jumps offside just 20 or 30 seconds later and it not only loses five yards but also10 seconds of critical game time vanishes off the clock.

The rule, even with the NFL, has loads of drawback and when the NCAA is bringing it to their fields, it will not only create a lot of confusion that will further open it to various debates but it will also lead to controversies.

Another change that the committee has approved is the decision of defining how an intentional grounding will be called. From now on, a penalty can be called on only if the area of the pass has no receiver. This is yet another change that is similar to the rules of NFL.

The biggest change however came with the panel approving a decision that nullifies touchdowns if the player is found to be taunting before him crossing the goal line. If penalties are called after the player crosses the goal line, they will still be assessed on those plays, however, on spot assessment will be called for live-ball fouls and will remove the score.

Apart from the rule changes, the NCAA panel also vouched to make college football safer. On scrimmage plays, players those are lined up within the center’s seven yards will still be able to block, anywhere on the field , below the waist. However, running backs or receivers that are lined outside the tackle box can tackle below the waist only if they are blocking towards the nearest sideline or straight ahead. If they block towards a play by going inside, it will result in a penalty. Also, a 5 yard penalty will be assessed to the defensive team if 3 or more than 3 players try to overpower 1 offensive lineman.