Usually, when we look at big picture decisions – playoffs being an obvious one – affecting college football, the folks calling the shots like to couch their decisions in soothing terms, like “it’s what the fans want”.
Every once in a while, though, for some reason, a little honesty pops through the cracks.
Take as an example this blurb from Ivan Maisel’s I-Formation today about the effect the clock rule change has had on the game this season:
“We’re really where we were two years ago,” NCAA Football Rules Committee secretary-editor John Adams said. “Games are going three hours and five [minutes], 3:10.”
The rules adopted this year to shave time off games — moving the kickoff back five yards to the 30, making one timeout last no more than 30 seconds and reducing the length of the play clock coming out of a TV commercial from 25 seconds to 15 seconds — haven’t done the job.
OK, fine, no real surprise there. But Adams says something’s gotta be done about it.
Adams wants officials to get the ball into play and get teams quickly on and off sidelines. He doesn’t know yet whether the Rules Committee will try again next winter to curtail the length of games.
Why? Are fans complaining about getting their paltry 10 or 15 minutes of action back? Of course not.
“The spectators never complained,” Adams said. “The TV people were complaining and a lot of the [conference] commissioners were complaining.”
And so it goes.