I doubt this will surprise anyone.
Kickoff returns are down about 20 percent in the first year of a new NCAA rule that gives the receiving team possession at its 25-yard line if a fair catch is made anywhere between the goal line and 25.
According to NCAA figures provided to The Associated Press on Monday, kick return men in the Football Bowl Subdivision made fair catches on about 1 out of every 10 kickoffs they received between the goal line and 25.
So, the NCAA created a rule that came up with a rule that accomplished its goal of improving player safety with a minimal impact on game flow. Well done, folks. Now you can rest on your laurels… wait, what?
NCAA national coordinator of officials Rogers Redding has said the Football Rules Committee probably will consider more changes to kickoff rules next year with the objective of reducing returns or making them less likely to result in injury.
Jeez, Rogers. Ever hear of quitting while you’re ahead? Other than gut kickoffs completely, what’s left to do?