Guess who co-chaired the NCAA’s Football Rules Committee during the off season?
None other than Randy Edsall, the head coach at UConn. His team, remember, was the one that ran the play that made poor officiating decision history with Larry Taylor’s fake fair catch and a backbreaking touchdown against Louisville three years ago.
One has to wonder whether Edsall pondered using his chairmanship to make sleights of hand more acceptable during the deliberations. He sure seemed to like the way it turned out for UConn in 2007.
Seriously, it’s time to brush up on the rule changes for 2010, the major, minor and questionable:
- Wedge Formations — On kickoffs, the receiving team may not form a wedge (shoulder-to-shoulder) of three or more players to block for the ball carrier. Penalty is 15 yards. The original flying wedge used by Harvard was outlawed in the 1890’s.
- An exception is made if the kick is made from an obvious onside formation. Like players have the time and space to form wedges in these situations.
- Injuries — When the game is stopped for any injury, the affected player must leave the game for at least one down. There goes a time-worn desperation game-delay strategy for some.
- Pre-Game Warm-Ups — Teams encouraged to observe a 10-yard buffer zone between the 45-yard lines beginning 60 minutes before the opening kickoff. Even if one team is stomping on the other team’s logo?
- Eye-Shade — If eye shade is worn it must be solid black with no words, numbers, logos or other symbols. A curious rule. One guesses Tim Tebow’s Bible verses must have offended someone, somehow.
- Socks — Must be the same color and design. No mention made of length.
Just make the calls consistently. That’s all we ask, right Randy?