2018 NCAA rule changes

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  1. CL82

    CL82 Everyday, on every play, in every way

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    Linky

    The two biggies:
    Any fair catch within the 25 yard line is a touch back.
    Blocks below the waist must be with 5 yards on the line of scrimmage.
     
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  2. noeynox

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    So much for playing for field position.
     
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  3. huskymedic

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    The fair catch change is only on kick-offs - not punts.
     
  4. brasssbonanzaa

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    So you can fair catch a kickoff at the 10 yard line and get the ball at the 25?
     
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  5. huskymedic

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    That’s what the rule sez...
     
  6. BugsyCT

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    That might actually help us out. How many kickoffs do we ever return beyond the 25 anymore?
     
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  7. Scrutiner

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    Our defense was in some pretty deep waste last year....not sure they were actually below it though.
     
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  8. CL82

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    Lol, fixed it.
     
  9. Excalibur

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    They are doing whatever they can to eliminate kick off returns without actually eliminating them.
     
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  10. UConnDan97

    UConnDan97 predicting undefeated seasons since 1983

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    I don't mind the kickoff rule. I think that is probably the best solution possible actually. I would even consider getting rid of the kickoff altogether but I wouldn't want to lose the onside kick. Losing that would take away the end game excitement for a lot of games...
     
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  11. CL82

    CL82 Everyday, on every play, in every way

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    I hate to see the physicality of the game watered down, but it needs to happen. I posted a link to Farve talking about "getting dinged" which is a concussion, but it isn't treated like one. You shake your head a bit and keep right on playing. On a single play, not a big deal, but cumulatively it's huge.

    FWIW, the problem isn't limited to football. Heck I can remember water skiing falls that were in all likelihood problematic. Remember when you'd fall you'd skitter along the top of the water until you slowed to below 30 mph? All those head bounces weren't a good thing.
     
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  12. jho

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    Bobby Red Pants approves of this rule change.
     
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  13. CL82

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    See the man was visionary. Can a Nickelodeon football deal be far off?
     
  14. UConnDan97

    UConnDan97 predicting undefeated seasons since 1983

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    It's ironic: my problem with the kickoff isn't even about the physicality, although that should be the concern.

    My problem is the math. A kicker who can only kick it to the 3 yard line is rewarded over the kicker who puts it out of the endzone, because a return from the 3 doesn't often gets back to the 25...

    #SayNoToBadKickers
     
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  15. Excalibur

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    Many of the best kickers, on orders from their coaches, were purposefully kicking it high and short of the goal line, just so the coverage team could make the tackle inside the 25.
     
  16. UConnDan97

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    That's true of the really good kickers and I was speaking somewhat in hyperbole. But many of the mediocre kickers could only kick that far, and often suffered from the ball going out of bounds for a yardage penalty when their aim was poor...
     
  17. huskymedic

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