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NCAA institutes clock runoff for late-game flags

Posted on: April 15, 2011 11:07 am
Edited on: April 15, 2011 11:10 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's come too late to save Tennessee's infamous last-second -- or more accurately, post- last-second -- Music City Bowl loss to North Carolina. But in the wake of the Tar Heels saving themselves from watching the clock run out by accidentally committing an offensive penalty, the NCAA has now officially followed the NFL's lead in instituting a 10-second runoff for offensive infractions inside the final minute of either half.

Technically, the runoff isn't mandatory; the defending team has the option of declining both it and the penalty if they happen to be behind.

The new rule was recommended in February by the NCAA's Football Rules Committee and approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel, who naturally led their release with the panel's relatively minor change to receivers' ability to block below the waist. The NCAA also offers no recommendations on what to call the new clock regulation, though the "Dooley Rule" has to be the leader in the clubhouse.

Reviewing the other rules changes:
  • Previously, receivers' below-the-waist blocks (i.e. "cut" blocks, though you knew that already) were determined to be legal based in part on how close they were to the line-of-scrimmage or whether they were in motion. Now, unless they start the play within seven yards of the center (essentially, as a tight end), receiver's cut blocks must be made against a player facing them or headed towards the sideline. It sounds confusing, but from the official's perspective, disregarding the previous qualifications in favor of "have you lined up inside the tackle box or as a tight end or not?" has simplified things. We think.
  • The panel gave final approval to two rules changes already decided on last year, the more noteworthy of which is the shift of taunting penalties to live ball fouls, giving the officials the right to revoke a touchdown based on unsportsmanlike conduct while the touchdown is being scored.. No doubt you've read -- and complained -- about this decision plenty already.
  • The other change? Coaches will be allowed monitors in their coaching booths to watch a live broadcast of the game--and, to the point, determine if a replay challenge should be issued or not. As a result, we could see a slight uptick in the effectiveness of challenges in college football this coming season.

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2011 8:53 pm

NCAA institutes clock runoff for late-game flags

piss on you moron.  i live in knoxville and i am a big ten fan throughout.  tennessee sucks.  they don't have any coaches worth a crap in any of there sports,  and i am including that crench jaw looking pat summit.   geno almost has caught her in national championships in half the time.  play geno you gutless coward.   back to dooley,  who cares it was the music s  itty bowl.   tennessee sucks.   5-7 next year.  maybe 6-6 if they don't lose to montana.   damn buddy,  quit whining. 

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2011 5:37 pm

NCAA institutes clock runoff for late-game flags

Actually, the timing issue, as reviewed by video and discussed ad infinitum, was handled correctly. The valid point of argument for Vol fans is that the penalty should have been the 15 yard variety instead of the 5 yarder. The field goal attempt would then have been 10 yards farther out, reducing the odds of it being good and extending the game. Or make your extra point and the point is moot.

Since: Jun 30, 2010
Posted on: April 15, 2011 5:25 pm

NCAA institutes clock runoff for late-game flags

Now all we will need is an extra official running along with a tape measure making sure whether certain players are within the 7 yard limit of the center!!

Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2011 5:20 pm

NCAA institutes clock runoff for late-game flags

Shouldn't the defensive team have the option of taking either the penalty or the 10 second runoff?  I don't get why it's an all-or-nothing scenario.  If the defense is trailing obviously they'd want to have 10 seconds remain on the clock, but the offense shouldn't then be able to get away with a false start or whatever other offensive penalty leads to the runoff.

Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2011 1:11 pm

How about giving UT their damn bowl win back?!

Most egregiously incompetent officiating I have ever personally witnessed.  The Tarholes never should have been awarded 1 second after the litany of penalties they committed on what should have been the final play.  Thanks Big 11 officials!

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: April 15, 2011 12:13 pm

NCAA institutes clock runoff for late-game flags

Overall, these are mostly good changes. Mr. Hinnen is correct that the cut-block rule sounds confusing, but by specifying the distance from center and also the two types of situations where cut blocks are legal, this should make things easier and clear up a call that was previously somewhat inconsistent. The clock runoff is probably a good thing, but changes made to address a specific situation have a tendency to come back and bite the legislators, so I am not sure about that one. It does sound like a good idea, though and would have prevented the infamous Music City Bowl situation from occurring.
The taunting change I do not like at all. SO the guy is a blowhard? So what. While the celebrations have become somewhat ridiculous, I do not think depriving the guy of a touchdown he just made is a fitting punishment. Calling a fifteen yard penalty on the ensuing play sounds a lot better. I hope the officials do not abuse this, but based on how officials like to affect games, I have little expectations that they will be retrained. Expect to see some really unhappy players and fans. Although it will almost certainly have the effect of cutting out most of the celebrations.
Finally, I like the idea of allowing the coaches to have monitors. As long as we have the technology, let's use it. 

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