Yesterday afternoon, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released its NCAA Football Rules Committee Action For 2010 report. There will be three rule changes that will be implemented at the start of the 2010-2011 college football season. The first rule is a much-needed rule in all sports; it deals with the issue of player safety. "When a player incurs an injury, including showing signs of a concussion, the officials will declare a timeout and the player must leave the game. He may not return until he receives approval of an appropriate medical professional designated by his institution." Also, all incidents in which a tackle is initiated with the crown of the helmet and all incidents in which a defenseless player is hit in the head or neck area will be a personal foul penalty of 15 yards. As we can all agree upon, safety of these young players must be a priority to ensure that they live long, productive lives within society. However, the other two rules that will be implemented seem to target the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
The second rule deals with sportsmanship. If an offensive player taunts another player and scores a touchdown, then the touchdown will be negated and the offensive team will be given a 15-yard penalty from the spot of the taunting. The rule will augment the excessive celebration penalty that gives a team a 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kickoff. However, young people are going to be exuberant over scoring a touchdown and the NCAA should not look to stifle the joy of the game.
Last year's game betweenand LSU, a game that had national implications at the time, was proof that the NCAA has some sort of vendetta against the SEC for winning the last three NCAA championships in football. At the end of the Georgia-LSU game, Georgia quarterback threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver AJ Green with over a minute left in the game to make the score Georgia 13, LSU 12. The remaining offensive players ran over to Green in the end zone and hugged him during the celebration. The referees threw the penalty flag for excessive celebration. There was no need for a flag in that situation; that celebration of the touchdown was a normal occurrence that happens in every college football game. Yet, at that crucial juncture, the referees throw the flag. Because of the 15-yard penalty, LSU received the ball after the kickoff at midfield and was able to score a touchdown with about 20 seconds left. To make up for the bad call that was made a minute earlier, the referees gave LSU an excessive celebration penalty. In a statement given by the SEC after the game, they were told by the referees that Green threw his hands up to the crowd as a taunting gesture to the LSU team. However, during the celebration, Green's hands were corralled by his players that were hugging him throughout the celebration. Here is how you stop taunting: man up and don't let the other team score.
The third and final rule is even more ridiculous. This rule is the last sentence of the report, "If eye shade is worn it must be solid black with no words, numbers, logos, or other symbols." The idea of putting words or numbers on players' eye black was started by Reggiewhen he was a running back at USC from 2003-2005. The NCAA had no problem with it then. However, when quarterback Tebow of Florida in the SEC started putting Scripture references on his eye black for the past two seasons, then the NCAA makes a new rule prohibiting the expression of the players. The NCAA should stop catering to atheists. If the atheists in this nation were truly atheist, then they wouldn't use the US currency because it says 'In God We Trust' on it.
In conclusion, the NCAA should leave the SEC alone. No corporation should have the power to dictate how the rest of society should live.