One of the most enjoyable aspects of college football that really sets it apart from the NFL is tradition.
It doesn't matter if that tradition is found in a certain uniform that has been worn for decades, or in a team that now has 600 different uniform combinations.
Tradition is what makes up college football’s soul.
Now, here in Eugene, I am reading about a “new interpretation of an old conference rule,” according to Oregon spokesman Dave Williford.
What this means to a Duck fan is that the duck calls known as “Duck Lips,” otherwise known to the Pac-12 as “artificial noise makers,” are no longer allowed within the stadium.
Not only is the new interpretation squashing a long standing and beloved tradition at Oregon, an important fund-raising tool for the marching band is now dead.
So now, the far-reaching impact of a poorly-written and -interpreted rule is that now the band needs to find a new fund-raising method. Perhaps more important, a rich tradition is now gone.
At a place like Oregon where there isn't much tradition to begin with, it has a jarring effect.
Keep it On the Field
I completely understand the desire to limit actions on the field such as taunting and showboating.
I have a four-year-old son and I have a new appreciation for potential role-models that he comes into contact with, both positive and negative.
The decisions made by the University of Oregon, Pac-12 and NCAA give the appearance of being afraid to show emotion, both on the field and off.
The message that I want to send to the leaders of college football is to stop worrying about the silly stuff and maybe focus on things that really affect the game.