Sunday, February 11, 2007

Let's See More Football!

That apparently will be the result of the ongoing NCAA Football Rules Committee deliberations going on in Albuquerque, NM.

According to this post and other analysis I've heard, the NCAA will at least restore the rule that waits to start the clock on a kickoff until the receiving team has touched it. This will prevent abuse of the rule like Wisconsin did last year against Penn State last year.

Even in the Division II and III games, the new clock rules reduced the number of plays run between 12-13 per game. I don't know of anyone who has gone to a football game and said that they say too many plays. The biggest issue, not stopping the clock on change of possession, is still in play. Personally, I hope they put it back in because I can't see too much football when I watch a game.

The issue here, of course, is all of the television breaks that can stretch a game out and make it seem like it's gone on for an eternity. Ironically, the networks were behind the initiative last year to shorten the games, which puts the NCAA into the situation where it has to decide what interests to serve, the game or a primary source of income.

With this in mind, don't look for any major changes in college football clock rules this season beyond the one on kickoffs. Got to keep the people writing the big checks happy.


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