The NCAA has decided to pass some new rules for the 2011 college football season. The rulebook wasn't long enough right? So what are the new rules?
No blocking below the waist...except when you can:
- "Wide receivers more than seven yards from the center at the snap of the ball can block below the waist only against a player facing him or toward the nearest sideline."
- "Running backs/receivers in the backfield and outside the tackle box (the area five yards on either side of the center) or players in motion can block below the waist only on players facing them or toward the nearest sideline."
"Players on the line of scrimmage within seven yards of the center are still allowed to block below the waist anywhere on the field."
Also on the books, three defenders cannot "line-up shoulder-to-shoulder" and maul an offensive lineman on place kicks.
Further, if a team commits a penalty that stops the clock in the final minute of either half, there will be a ten second runoff of the game clock. Derek Dooley wonders why this wasn't the case all along.
Don't forget that the taunting rule is also in place this season, so get ready to see TDs taken off the board. EXCITEMENT.