Not much is going on in college football right now. Seriously.
Either you're watching the Winter Olympics, college basketball, playing Modern Warfare 2, or counting down the days until spring break.
Now, however, there's something to talk about: New rules for college football, set to take effect in 2011.
The Chairman of the Football Rules Committee (and Oregon athletic director) Mike Bellotti stated, "Taunting and prolonged individual acts have no place in our game, and our officials have generally handled these rules well. This is just another step in maintaining our game's image and reflecting the ideals of the NCAA overall."
The new taunting rule has gotten nearly unanimous support from the Playing Rules Oversight Panel and will no doubt pass. But what exactly does the new rule mean?
There are unsportsmanlike conduct rules in place already, but not like this.
If the rule passes, there would be no more waving the ball around on the way to the end zone, no more hoisting teammates in the air...nothing like that. Basically, they're removing all forms of celebration.
This has been a hot topic for fans, players, and coaches alike mainly since the terrible call made during the Georgia vs. LSU game last year.
The biggest part of the new rule is that the penalty for said celebration is to be enforced from the spot of the foul—taking away the touchdown.
This is ridiculous. I hate this rule.
Sure, throwing the ball in your opponents face or spitting on the logo is totally uncalled for...but dancing on the way to the end zone? You're really taking that away? That's the joy of being completely untouchable on your way to the endzone—you get to brag about it!
Trash talking and celebration are what makes players so passionate, and it's what makes the game fun to watch. Take it from someone who plays. The game wouldn't be the same without trash talking and celebration.
I think taking away the touchdown is also just too much. They're trusting these referees to make the right call? Now, any form of celebration can cost you six points, and quite possibly the game. That's not right.
There are rarely even any issues with excessive celebration anymore. Why do we need these new rules?
The answer is that we don't.
Allow the players to celebrate once in a while, enjoying perhaps their first college touchdown, or their 80-yard run. Mike Bellotti and company are soaking the joy out of scoring a touchdown.
Another possible new rule is pertaining to concussions and head injuries in college football.
There have been several introduced in the past few seasons, and this year will be no different.
If approved, players injured with a concussion (or those with concussion symptoms) have to be cleared by a doctor before returning to play. No more trying to tough it out.
This makes sense to me—there are numerous head injuries and concussions every year, and that can result in long term brain damage. Not good.
The players may not like it, but this is definitely a good thing. It may end up preventing teams losing their star player and saving that player from severe brain damage.
Other rules and regulations under discussion include:
-Television monitors being allowed in the coaches booth (2011).
-Players who wear eye black are required to have nothing written on it (Tim Tebow). Effective next season.
-Ending the requirement that pants must come below the knees.
-Eliminating the "wedge" on kickoffs and punts...a rule the NFL adopted last year.