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NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee Recommends Players Get Technicals for Flopping

Jenna CiccotelliCorrespondent IIMay 7, 2021

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Faking a foul could have an opposite effect on NCAA men's basketball players moving forward.

The NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee recommended Friday that flopping should result in a Class B technical foul, rather than the warning that has been issued on the first occurrence in the past. 

Before it can be implemented, the proposal must be approved by the NCAA's Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which is scheduled to discuss changes on June 3. 

The opposing team would get one free-throw attempt, and the player who flopped wouldn't be charged with a personal foul under the proposal. 

"After two years of using warnings, we didn’t feel like we were getting the results that we wanted,” said Tad Boyle, committee chair and head coach at Colorado. "We are trying to get flopping out of our game. We’re asking the officials to call them when they happen."

On the list of things officials will look for are block and charge plays, players who fall to the ground without coming into contact with anyone, players who "bob their heads to simulate being contacted" and players who pretend to be on the receiving end of contact.

Other rule proposals involve live statistics, fewer timeouts and shot clock display changes as well as a pair of experimental rules involving foul structure in the NIT and live video on the bench during games. 

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