NCAA Bans College Football Players from Wearing 'Crop Top' Jerseys During Games

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2015

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01:  Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Ohio State fans had better hope that Ezekiel Elliott's "crop top" jersey wasn't the reason for his success because it has now been banned.

The NCAA recently announced, via NCAA.org's Greg Johnson, that college football players will no longer be able to wear crop-top jerseys on the field during games:

Officials will treat illegal equipment issues—such as jerseys tucked under the shoulder pads or exposed back pads—by making the player leave the field for at least one play. The equipment must be corrected for the player to return to the game. The player may remain in the game if his team takes a timeout to correct the equipment issue.

In other words, if you tuck your jersey up, you won't be allowed on the field.

Elliott's midriff was on full display throughout the Buckeyes' championship run last season, making the crop top cool in Columbus, Ohio. The running back ran for 696 yards and eight touchdowns in postseason play (three games).  

Early in the season, Elliott talked about why he wears a crop-top jersey:

The running back admitted he tucks his jersey in order to try to gain an advantage over defenders, which is the reason the NCAA has made it illegal moving forward. Now, Elliott and the other players who have styled their jerseys in this manner are going to have to adjust to playing with a full-length jersey. 

The new rule should slightly help defenders slow down someone like Elliott, but a player is going to make plays regardless of how much fabric is available to grab.

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