We may not know when (or if) the 2020 college football season will start, but we do know of a couple of rule changes that will be in place when ever the Cougs are allowed to kick things off this year.
The NCAA announced on Tuesday that they have approved a few minor rule tweaks for next season. The biggest of which stems directly from one of the biggest rivalry games in the nation.
In last season’s Iron Bowl, Auburn was the beneficiary of a controversial replay ruling just before halftime. The Tigers completed a pass inbounds in the final seconds of the half and officials ruled that the clock had expired. After a review, however, there was still one second left. The clock was set to run on the official’s ready to play, but somehow, Auburn was able to get it’s field goal unit on to the field, snap the ball and kick a field goal before that second drained off the clock.
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As part of the rule changes, the NCAA is addressing the issue that led to that field goal. But, of course, Auburn won that game, so head coach Gus Malzahn took to Twitter to poke a little fun at his rival.
The new rule states that if the game clock expires at the end of the half and a review puts time back on the clock, there must be at least 3 seconds left for the time to be reinstated. If there is less than 3 seconds remaining, the half is over.
Another big tweak will see a stricter time limit applied to replay challenges. The new rule is a guideline for replay officials to complete video reviews in two minutes or less. This one, however comes with some important language. “Reviews that are exceptionally complicated or involve end-of-game issues should be completed as efficiently as possible without a stated time limit.”
The most common sense rule change allows players that have been ejected for targeting to remain on the sideline after the ruling. Previously, these players were required to head to the locker room after the call was confirmed.
Other rules, including a rule allowing players to now wear the number 0, were also approved.
NCAA approves tweaks to targeting, other college football rules
Players ejected from college football games for targeting will now be allowed to remain on the sidelines, the NCAA announced Tuesday.
NCAA wants to speed up replay reviews in college football
The NCAA has also instituted a two-minute time guideline for replay reviews and said that players ejected for targeting can stay on the sideline.
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