Random Thoughts: Finally - Rules Changes

Are you glad to see the NCAA change the clock rules back? Coach Roy and Stephen J. Truog sure are...

Did anyone like the clock rules that were suppossed to speed up College Football last year
Seriously, go to any Div I game, and the pace of the game is actually controlled by some guy with a headset standing around the 25 yard line. He comes out on the field and everything stops. [It started back in the early NFL TV days, but....]

It didn't help that Northwestern's spread offense caught fire, and more and more teams started running an offense that led to 30+ passes a game. Forget the last minute upsets by NU - the games with the big ratings or that the TV guys waste so much time early in the game - TV decreed that football games should not run over each other.

To solve this monumental problem, the NCAA decided last year that - WOW - college football games ran too long!

So here came rules changes - rules that had the clock just keep running at the end, negating all the last second excitement, duh! They may have cost NU a game last year too.

Well, to quote Stephen J. Truog, one our favorite commentators:
Looks like those STUPID clock changes are gone! And although they still haven't tackled the real culprits of long games (interminable TV timeouts ... sometimes even when there's no live TV!), their game-shorteningsolution this year is at least more exciting (lengthening kickoffs = more returns).
SjT is a little worried about this other rule change, moving the kickoff back to the 30....
Dunno if that bodes well for NU, though, with our poors pecial teams lately on kickoffs ... though our returngame has been decent.
At least our Special Teams coach [head man Pat Fitzgerald] has a fair amount of experience running the unit...
-- da Coach

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