This seems like a really, really bad idea. And I dislike taunting on the football field as much as the next person.
After all the negative criticism of the rule after what happened in last year’s Washington-BYU game, you’d think these guys would be a little sensitive, but it looks like they’re ready to run in the other direction.
Just to remind you of how gray this area is, Dennis Dodd lists a series of acts that are considered unsportsmanlike under the NCAA rules.
… The downside to such a rules change is that unsportsmanlike acts are open to interpretation. The NCAA rule book tries to be specific as possible, currently prohibiting:
• “Abusive, threatening or obscene language or gestures.”
• “Pointing the fingers, hands, arms or ball at an opponent or imitating the slashing of the throat.”
• “Simulating the firing of a weapon or placing a hand by the ear to request recognition.”
• “Obviously altering stride.”
• “Diving into the end zone.”
• “Punching one’s own chest or crossing one’s arms in front of the chest while standing over a prone player.”
• “Going into the stands to interact with spectators or bowing at the waist after a good play.”