I’m not sure that the NCAA wants to completely suck the fun out of college football as much as they want to inject it with artificial chivalry. Celebrating a touchdown before it actually happens, the powers that be have determined, is not very nice. And so, the officials now have the power to take those TDs away. I’m not the first person to suggest that giving referees the power to do this is a terrible idea.
“I don’t disagree with it, but am worried about the consistency in how the rule is interpreted, especially when it can cost a team a touchdown,” Texas coach Mack Brown said. “It can be looked at so differently by the various officiating groups around the country and a call would have such a major impact on games that in fairness, it’s crucial that it is called the same way for everyone.”
Under the current rules, players who taunt on their way to the end zone could receive a 15-yard penalty on the conversion attempt or kickoff.
Now, it’s a spot-of-the foul penalty, which means a touchdown could be negated by a player holding the football aloft or high-stepping or some other theatrical move. –Dallas Morning News.
Personally, I never thought that this was that big of an issue. But college football doesn’t seem to care about popular opinion. Whatever, dude. I look forward to reacting irrationally when this rule decides a game with BCS implications.
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