An NCAA panel approved new rule changes on Thursday that will take place this fall.
most noticeable change mad by the NCAA's Playing Rules Oversight Panel
is the option to remove 10 seconds off the game clock if a team commits
a penalty in the final minute of a half. Teams will now have the option
to take the yardage gained from the penalty and shave 10 seconds off
the clock, accepting the yardage only or declining the penalty
Another rule change is that video monitors will be
permitted in the coaches' booths. The monitor will only have access to
live broadcasts of the game and will be used to help coaches decide on
challenging a call.
Perhaps the most influential change is one
that was proposed last April, but will finally be installed at the
beginning of the 2011 season - the new taunting rule. If a player is
called for taunting before crossing the goal line - i.e. players
high-stepping into the end zone or pointing at an opponent - a player
will be given a 15-yard penalty at the spot of the foul and the
touchdown will be nullified.
The panel also introduced two new
changes that aim to make the game safer. The first is that players
lined up within seven yards of the center will be allowed to block
below the waist anywhere on the field, but now receivers and running
backs lined up outside the tackle box will only be allowed to block
below the waist if they are blocking straight ahead or toward the
nearest sideline. This means that it is a penalty to go inside and
block below the waist toward the play.
The other rule change is
that if three or more players try to rush one offensive lineman on
place kicks, the defensive team will be given a 5-yard penalty.