Hey, you players – get off my lawn!

So, they’re really gonna do it.  The NCAA and something galactically stupid, that is.

The NCAA Football Rules Committee endorsed a proposal Wednesday that penalizes unsportsmanlike conduct as a live-ball foul beginning in the 2011 season.

The change would mean, for example, that if a player makes a taunting gesture to an opponent on the way to scoring a touchdown, the flag would nullify the score and penalize the offending team from the spot of the foul.

Penalties for dead-ball misconduct fouls (for example, unsportsmanlike behavior after the player crosses the goal line) would continue to be assessed on the ensuing kickoff or the extra point/two point conversion attempt.

The proposal to penalize unsportsmanlike acts as live-ball fouls received near-majority support in the committee’s annual rules survey and during discussions at the American Football Coaches Association convention in January.

“Our committee firmly believes in the team concept of college football,” said Mike Bellotti, chair of the committee and athletics director at Oregon. “Taunting and prolonged individual acts have no place in our game, and our officials have generally handled these rules well. This is just another step in maintaining our game’s image and reflecting the ideals of the NCAA overall.”

Skipping past the oxymoronic last sentence there, who expects this to work out well?

Yeah, that’s what I thought.  Nothing like giving Penn Wagers another arrow for his quiver, right?


UPDATE: The Wiz caught this change, too.

Requiring players who wear “eye black” to use solid black with no words, logos, numbers or other symbols. That will be effective next season.

Where’s all that “maintaining our game’s image and reflecting the ideals of the NCAA overall” stuff?   What a joke.  Can’t wait for the first freedom of expression suit, either.


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15 responses to “Hey, you players – get off my lawn!

  1. Bulldog Bry

    Enacting laws. Enforcing laws.

    It’s always been two different things.

    I’m beginning to think the NCAA hates us.


  2. BenG

    At first I thought this was about expanding the basketball tournament. I didn’t realize it was something even stupider than that. Do they want to make us hate football? It seems like they do.


  3. Bob

    I’m taunting the NCAA right now and there’s nothing they can do. Suck it you pathetic morons. Leave the game alone. Try making stupid rules for the tea party actually you want to have.


  4. Marc "Quick Trigger" Curles

    It’s about damn time.


  5. Ubiquitous GA Alum

    With this “rule” change, no player should ever dive into the endzone on a breakaway (e.g. Tony Taylor vs Tech). A ref could spot the ball at the one or from wherever he launched and back it up 15 yards.


  6. Normaltown Mike

    Thus, Mo Mass holding the ball out in his 2007 Florida run to the endzone nullifies the TD.

    What a bunch of bull squeeze.


  7. Daniel

    Excellent, a rule that will make the result even more random and subjective. Why even play? Why not just let the result be determined by the coin flip and everyone gets the night off?


  8. M.

    They would have never enacted these rules while the GPOOE(R) was still playing. But, they also would not have enforced them against him. Just saying.


  9. Dog in Fla

    Good thing the NCAA wasn’t in charge of officiating the Super Bowl. One of the best things about that game was the low number of penalty flags thrown (3 for 19 for the Saints and 5 for 45 for the Colts). That’s just not the way we do things in The SEC.


  10. 69Dawg

    I don’t see us ever scoring on D again. Long strides, sticking the ball out front, diving into the endzone, we are f*ing doomed. The diving play was a judgement call to begin with if a player is in hot pursuit you can but if you are x feet away from the pursuing player it’s a flag. They should just let the damn ref’s play the game and see how much money they make.


  11. drunk dawg

    “Tebow graduated? Sweet now let’s keep the black people from writing crap in their eye black!”

    Exaggeration of course… but not by much.


  12. Mayor of Dawgtown

    The real problem is the potential for abuse. If some ref has an agenda this is a way to directly influence the outcome of a game. I have said on this blog many times before (and orally to anybody willing to listen) that something rotten has been going on with SEC refs in football games for years. UGA fans see it and think it is directed at the Dawgs. I watch a lot of SEC games during the season and I see it in games involving other teams, too. My belief, and I have said so previously, is that certain referees would not be able to stand up to any kind of serious investigation into their conduct. I do not believe in conspiracy theories. I believe in greed. The UGA-LSU game last year was fixed, plain and simple. I think it was done for money, not out of animosity toward UGA. I don’t know if it is as simple as the refs betting on games themselves (we just went through that with an NBA ref remember) or if certain refs have been bought by gamblers or the mob. But it is there and anybody can see it if you are paying attention. I have a friend who believes the SEC is actually behind it as a means of manipulating the BCS so that at least one SEC team ends up in the BCSNC game to gather in all the loot for the conference. I cannot answer that one way or another because I do not know. Nobody knows for sure and we will not until there is a serious investigation by a governmental agency with subpoena power and the authority to enforce it.


  13. This makes me sick, honestly.

    This is a clear example of killing the goose that laid the golden egg.

    What makes college football special is that the players care about it more than the pros. The fans care more as well.

    If anything needs to be done about celebration penalties, they need to be cut DOWN on rather than increased.