Category Archives: College Football

More NCAA rules for everybody!

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel hath spoken, people.  Among other things, it’s announced it has:

  • moved to allow the instant replay official to stop the game and create a targeting foul in situations where an egregious action occurred and was missed by on-field officials.
  • approved the use of electronic devices for coaching purposes in the press box and locker room during the game. However, that equipment will still be prohibited on the sidelines, in the team areas and on the field. Additionally, the home institution is responsible for ensuring identical television capability and identical video and Internet connectivity in the coaches’ booths of both teams.
  • directed that the Football Rules Committee will instruct officials to stringently enforce the 3-yard limit regarding ineligible receivers downfield and adjust officiating mechanics to better officiate plays.

I’ll believe that last one when I see it.

The targeting change will probably make the on-field officials even more skittish about those calls.

As far as electronic devices, that opens up a whole new frontier for Nick Saban to challenge.


Filed under College Football, The NCAA

If only American society could change as easily as college football.

Hey, everybody!  The war is over and culture won.

I guess all those Title IX folks can quit their jobs and go home now.


UPDATE:  Some of the media covering Tennessee football don’t appear to have gotten the memo on culture change.


Filed under College Football, It's All Just Made Up And Flagellant

“College football is finally catching up with technology.”

Well, as long as it doesn’t cost anything.

The problem with the helpful tools for coaches? The NCAA doesn’t quite know how to level the playing field and make sure every team has equal access to the coaching tools, from the Power 5 conferences to the FCS programs already struggling financially.

The NCAA playing rules oversight panel will discuss Tuesday whether to approve significant changes allowing tablets and computers in the coaches’ booth and inside locker rooms at halftime on game days. The NCAA football rules committee forwarded the proposal it approved in February.

The complex issue involving logistics, money, equal access and much more, however, has some believing the proposal could stall and be placed on the shelf for another year, according to NCAA sources.

“It’s inevitable that somewhere down the line we will move to allow technology, even on the sideline,” said Steve Shaw, the SEC’s director of officials. “It’s inevitable. It’s part of everything we do now, but whether it is ready now, I just don’t know.”

The main issue is consistency across all conferences. Simply put, it’s yet another Pandora’s Box of compliance issues the NCAA could crack open next fall.

The NFL began using tablet technology on its sidelines — a move that could still be several years down the road in the NCAA — in 2013 thanks to a five-year, $400 million deal it signed with Microsoft. Microsoft, along with NFL officials, developed a universal system that guides all 32 teams, which have the same equipment and capabilities. On the college level, such a system could prove impossible, leading to yet another Wild West of insecurity and big moneymakers getting the upperhand.

When you start talking “Wild West” in the context of college football, you know this isn’t going to end well.

Maybe the P5 schools could start throwing in a shipment of iPads along with the million-dollar guarantee fees they offer when they schedule cupcake games.  Used ones, even.  Heck, you know Auburn will be getting the latest upgrade every time one comes out.


Filed under College Football, Science Marches Onward, Strategery And Mechanics

“At this stage in their careers, these guys know how to hit and take a hit.”

The Ivy League is about to take the unprecedented step of eliminating all full-contact hitting from practices during the regular season.  The really interesting thing here is that the decision to do so isn’t being imposed from on high by school presidents.

Instead, the eight Ivy League coaches unanimously approved the measure last week.

It’ll be interesting to see if this is the start of a larger trend.


Filed under College Football, The Body Is A Temple

“I explained to him that it was a one-year deal, and that’s all it is.”

I’m sure those of you who have proclaimed your faith in the sacred contractual bond between football program and scholarship athlete in the context of the Missouri boycott will feel just as holy about this.


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“You basically just have to have two willing parties and a city willing to host.”

Forty bowl games already, and more towns falling over themselves to host new ones.  Why so many bowl games?  Welp, it’s not like there’s a steep barrier to entry.

Currently, bowls or prospective bowls must apply for NCAA certification by April 1. The bar is not high.

Essentially, a group can crank up a bowl game for $10,000, payable to the NCAA, and agreements with conferences to supply teams. There’s discussion of raising the certification standards at least to previous levels, when bowls were required, among other things, to maintain a $2 million line of credit, and perhaps of reinstituting a moratorium on new bowls, at least during a lengthened certification cycle.

How to do it is uncertain. Any certification process that included a limit on the number of bowls would at minimum have to leave room for competition between prospective and existing bowls.

Competition?  Why worry about that?  Ummm

There are legal considerations for the NCAA, which certifies bowls but basically has no other role in the FBS postseason. In 2004, the National Invitational Tournament sued the NCAA, saying it violated antitrust law by requiring teams to play in the NCAA Tournament if they are invited. The NCAA ended the case by buying the NIT for $40.5 million and paying another $16 million to settle.

“Part of this is if you start to limit who can have a bowl, you start having accusations of restraint of trade again,” Bowlsby said. “Down the road, maybe the FBA can do some self-regulation that the NCAA can’t do. Right now, it’s a lot simpler deciding who is eligible to play in a bowl.”

Simple is about all people like Bowlsby can handle right now.

In the meantime, 10 grand and a couple of willing partners doesn’t sound too daunting.  If I can raise the money, anybody got a backyard big enough to host a football game?  C’mon, kids, the Blutarsky Bowl is waiting!


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Tuesday morning buffet

Once again, it’s time to rise and shine, campers.

  • This presser sounds like it’s gonna be a real blast.
  • Jordan Jenkins on 6-6, 346 OL Sam Madden“The kid’s a walking refrigerator.”
  • Parrish Walton on the Jim Chaney hire:  It’s the third-down conversions, stupid.
  • Here’s a pretty cool story on how the construction of Harvard Stadium changed the rules of football.
  • Jim Harbaugh really doesn’t give a shit about what people think.
  • Aaron Murray’s advice to Jacob Eason “My biggest thing is don’t read anything. Don’t pick up the paper. Don’t read the good stuff and don’t read the bad stuff. Just stay away from it all. Things are going to go bad at times, things are going be great at times. So you don’t want to be too full of yourself and you don’t want to get too down on yourself by reading this article or this post on this website from this fan..”  C’mon, man.  How’s he supposed to learn about G-Day QBR?
  • When it comes to indoor practice facilities, Mark Richt finds himself on familiar ground.
  • Speaking of Richt, Greg Poole has a piece on a way in which Kirby Smart’s recruiting approach differs from his predecessor’s.
  • Brian Cook has a nice catch about a fall break trip that Vanderbilt’s baseball team took that didn’t raise a single eyebrow about taking away from kids’ free time.  Funny how that works.


Filed under ACC Football, Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Big Ten Football, College Football, Georgia Football, Recruiting, Stats Geek!