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  • Change in kickoff rule

    According to Greg Johnson of NCAA.com, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel has approved a new rule that will allow players to call for a fair catch anywhere inside the 25-yard line on kickoffs and have it result in a touchback, with the football being placed at the 25-yard line.


    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2...aign=editorial

  • #2
    Don't see any positive to that. Takes away from the kicker position.
    GO PANTHERS!

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    • #3
      We're within 10 years of the kickoff being eliminated completely.

      Get ready for lots and lots of squib kicks.
      #MACtion

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      • #4
        what's the problem they are trying to solve? Is there really data to suggest that a higher percentage of injuries occur on kickoff than other plays?
        "I think they're very good," Farley said of the preseason top 25 Hawkeyes. "But so are we."

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        • #5
          Football truly getting dumber and more unwatchable year affter year.
          UNI FIGHT

          Originally posted by 9YRPLAN
          iowa sucks, fran sucks, their schedule sucks, iowa fans suck

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          • #6
            Originally posted by GonzoCat View Post
            Don't see any positive to that. Takes away from the kicker position.

            and from the receiver position. All the guy needs to do is catch. Major change to football strategy if there is minimal advantage to having a sure-handed speedster back there.

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            • #7
              Big kickoff returns hardly ever happen. And yes, kickoffs do have a higher probability of severe injury risk than other football plays.
              The only thing I would miss if kickoffs were eliminated (and teams just started offense at the 25) would be onside kicks.

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              • #8
                Is there data to show the kickoff danger?

                Creating more touchbacks is dumb. It's just a waste of time.
                "I think they're very good," Farley said of the preseason top 25 Hawkeyes. "But so are we."

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                • #9
                  The most immediate thing that I can think of is that the scholarship opportunities for a kicker will morph dramatically. Maybe your punter can handle kickoffs now, and have the other PK dedicated to kicking FG. Getting it to the 20 will be just as good as getting it to the back of the end zone 90% of the time.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ubuntuCAT View Post
                    Is there data to show the kickoff danger?

                    Creating more touchbacks is dumb. It's just a waste of time.
                    The goal of the experimental rule is to limit kickoff returns, which account for 23.4 percent of concussions during games despite representing only 5.8 percent of overall plays.
                    https://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/07/col...id-of-kickoffs

                    Creating more touchbacks is a waste of time. Just give the receiving team the ball at the 25 and not bother with the kickoff.

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                    • #11
                      The rationale behind the rule is to decrease the number of concussions plus speed up the game. There was a rule added to have a 40-second clock after touchdowns and after kickoffs. I also read that leaping over an opponent is illegal for field goals and extra points now.

                      There were a couple other rule changes but the ones up above caught my attention the most.


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                      • #12
                        It's so dumb. Just end the kickoff. It's whats going to happen eventually. Just get it over with.

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                        • #13
                          The Ivies did it for the 2016 season, citing a decrease in injuries in the first season and continued it for 2017 (though the article includes only concussions):

                          http://www.ivyleague.com/news/2017/1...ncussions.aspx

                          The NFL did this as well for the 2016 season. Their first year number were mixed for overall injuries (down for concussions, up for torn ACLs and MCLs, hamstring injuries):

                          http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...s-on-kickoffs/

                          Those only include on year of data with the change in both cases, so a small data set.

                          "Well, that escalated quickly."

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                          • #14
                            Can someone that's knows rules of the game tell me, is kicking team required to kick from a tee? Or could the kick off be a punt type kick trying to maximize height and hopefully lead to a recovered kick? Probably makes no difference every one would fair catch a kick.

                            Any reason a receiving team can not "fair catch" a ball on the ground?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Neighbor View Post
                              Can someone that's knows rules of the game tell me, is kicking team required to kick from a tee? Or could the kick off be a punt type kick trying to maximize height and hopefully lead to a recovered kick? Probably makes no difference every one would fair catch a kick.
                              A kickoff (to begin a half or after scoring) can be a kick with a tee, a kick with another player on kicking team controlling the ball or a drop kick.

                              The exception is after a safety, when the team may punt, too.



                              "Well, that escalated quickly."

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