NCAA Considers 10 Rule Changes to Increase Player Safety

The NCAA has apparently seen the fun that head injuries has brought on for the NFL and is trying to keep players safer AND avoid some possible litigation. (Not necessarily in that order) The changes include:

Targeting

The committee unanimously agreed that in addition to the existing 15-yard penalty, a player should be ejected for targeting a defenseless player above the shoulders.

Blocking Below the Waste

Any block below the waste would be illegal unless the block comes from in front of the targeted player.

Spiking the football

The committee suggested that an offense be prohibited from spiking the ball and stopping the clock with less than three seconds on the clock. Instead, the team could only run an offensive play with one or two seconds remaining.

Wait what?

The Boise State rule

No more all blue on blue turf. The committee proposed a rule that would "require teams to have either their jersey or pants contrast in color to the playing field." Can we just ban colored fields?

More instant replay

Oh, good let's make these games longer. 

Now if we could just ban the playing of Kernkraft 400, that one White Stripes Song, and House of Pain we'd get somewhere.

Posted on February 14, 2013 and filed under Sports.