Player numbers to be called on penalties

HOOVER, AL - From now on when a Georgia player makes a mistake, everyone will know about it.

In 2004, Southeastern Conference officials will announce the number of the player causing an infraction on any penalty.

"From now on we are going to call the number," said the director of officials Bobby Gaston.

Coaches have been in support of this rule change for some time, and now the rule will be in effect starting this season.

"Any conference that uses microphones in their stadiums will use this rule," said Gaston.

Coaching reaction was positive to the change.

"I have not thought about it but I am used to it from my days in the NFL. The way I look at it is: you do the crap, you do the time," said Mississippi State Head Coach Sylvester Croom.

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