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More Rule Changes We’d Like to See

By on February 18th, 2014 in Football 9 Comments »

With Nick Saban and Brett Bielma drawing all the attention and flack for their endorsement against HUNH offenses, we believe at TET that not enough interest is being shown for legislating against some of the real problems of the game.  While other college football outlets might be reluctant to tackle these issues, we have no such compunction here. The following is a list of such high football crimes and the punishment we expect to be metered out, as suggested by notable college football blogger Draco.

Not Filling In Your Student Section. While every generation believes the next is going to hell, this would surely be my leading argument in any civil proceeding attempting to provide proof thereof. Apparently, Nick Saban was on to something with these little snot-nosed, entitled punks, not just leaving early but showing up at all. Why even matriculate at a football factory at all if you’re not lining up in the snow and rain for hours before a game?  Cut the size of the box or give away the tickets if you must. Penalty: NCAA level infraction, loss of one schollie per year for every % point below 90 for conference games. (not even students can be expected to attend the cupcakes en masse).

Coaches Covering Their Lips While Mouthing Plays On the Sidelines. Since when was stealing an opposing team’s signals supposed to get so complicated? HD television opened this bit of clandestine observation open to even the casual viewer at home and no longer for just assistant coaches with binoculars in the press box and stands.  Also, what else is one to do with a degree in sign language and lip-reading? If they’re going to snap the ball in eight seconds without allowing the substitution of defenders, it’s only fair that it is known what play they’re calling beforehand. Penalty: Dead-ball foul and loss of down.

More Than One Player With the Same Jersey Number. No longer is it allowable to just not allow them on the field at the same time. Can we please try and weed down the roster a bit? 100 slots should be plenty, even if you’re Nick Saban. Basketball doesn’t have this problem! It’s too confusing for the average fan. As a bonus, it’ll prevent some teams from retiring too many numbers, which is bound to catch up to us in a few hundred years. Penalty: Dead-ball foul and ejection of all players wearing the same number for a cumulative four quarters.

Removal of Helmet During or After Play. This is especially key in the new age of concussions and annoying since the dawn of HD television where every player wants his mug to be seen by the cameras. When they penalized taking off the helmet on the field, players started failing to properly secure their headgear so it would occasionally pop off, exposing them to more TV airtime. Making them sit out for a play doesn’t go far enough, it’s still way too common. Penalty: Spot foul, 15 yard penalty and ejection of any player whose hat wasn’t obviously ripped off by an opponent.

Playing Main School Fight Song More Than Ten Times Per Half.  Self-explanatory, but while long thought to be unduly punitive only to Tennessee, such a rule also opens up a can of worms about what truly constitutes a fight song. Georgia doesn’t actually have one, but Battle Hymn of the Republic can be a placeholder until they acquire/write it. Additional language might also be added about alternating the playing of Hold That Tiger by competing teams. Penalty: Dead-ball foul, 5 yard penalty increments. Exception: One additional stanza per touchdown scored.

More Than Five Uniform Combinations Per Season. For teams that don’t have tradition or heritage, you can always have style. If an alum just happens to own a large sporting goods marque, the temptation might be too great, but this is college football and not the fashion houses of Milan or Paris. All the uniform changes are hard enough for your fans–just think about the casual viewer on TV. Granted, some balance has to even out the Penn States and Alabamas of the CFB world, but we’re only a few decades into teams having both home and away jerseys. Penalty: NCAA level investigation, outfit one mid-major team for an entire season the following year.

Non-Use of Compound Sentences From Coaches During Halftime and Post-Game Interviews. You pay them millions of dollars and they are the faces of your programs. They ought to be able to string a few sentences together. The networks insist on putting these guys on air, they should be able to answer some simple questions with more than a word or two. Sometimes you’d think they’re politicians who were just handed a subpoena. Not all coaching interviews are made equal but some of these guys are boring. Penalty: Dead-ball foul, loss of timeout for second half or beginning of next game.

So which rule changes do you have?


  1. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..I definitely agree with the jersey number thing. It gets pretty muddy on special teams, sometimes. I’d add a rule for playing the cornerbacks more than ten yards off the line of scrimmage. Ted Roof used to drive me CRAZY doing that!

  2. KungFuPanda9 KungFuPanda9 says:

    The victory Gatorade bath. Sure, it was funny the first 300 times. But one of these old coaches is gonna get pneumonia and die.

    • KungFuPanda9 KungFuPanda9 says:

      And cowbells. You know they’re doing that at the Olympics now?… for figure skating. Civilization is going backwards.

  3. Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

    It rarely happens but when something happens on the field unexpected that is not game related…I WANT TO SEE IT. If it’s a streaker, I promise to cover my kids eyes. As an American, I have the right to watch rent-a-cops chase the student body around the field… Penalty: Free cable for a month.

  4. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    If Saban wants to try to stack the deck in his favor by changing the rules of the game, then I say we change the rules of:

    1. Recruiting – No school shall sign more than one 5 star recruit, and no more than 10 four star recruits.
    (Saban’s coaching ability deficiencies would truly be exposed)

    2. Minimum Height Requirement for Coaches – No member of a school’s coaching staff shall be less than five feet six inches tall.

  5. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    Any play blamed on Nick Fairley results in automatic loss of down and a 15 yard penalty from the spot of the foul.

    Boom. And that’s how Mark Richt loses control of the NCAA rule book.

  6. sparkey sparkey says:

    Saban is weak. This is so weak. That’s the only way to describe what’s going on with the offense. It’s simply weak.

  7. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    UPDATE (Posted on “I’m mad as hell…. but laughing at them just the same”):

    Gus has spoken.

    And the rules chairman…the AF Academy headcoach has spoken too…

    Seems as if some backtracking is in order.

    Oh, and Saban has spoken… sort of.

    The media lap dogs are whoofing that there is nothing to see here. BS! There is plenty to see here. We are seeing what I believe to be… the beginning of the end of Nick Saban. I might be wrong… and for the record I have been so plenty of times. But you can’t tell me this is stoking his ego… he isn’t getting his way.

    Hell, today, I heard he is interested in investing/owning a Mercedes dealership in Irondale.

    Maybe he is considering life after football?