INDIANAPOLIS, IN – College football had its rule book changed and will be a little different next season!
Tim Tebow is starting his journey into the NFL and it’s only fitting that the NCAA’s Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved changes for the upcoming football season. Tebow was known for his eye black messages but the NCAA has ruled those illegal for the future. In addition, the NCAA has banned wedge blocks and taunting in the filed of play will potentially cost teams points in 2011.
When it comes to wedge blocks, if the receiving team on a kickoff has more than two players standing within two yards of one another, shoulder to shoulder, it will be assessed a 15-yard penalty.  According to NCAA studies, 20 percent of all injuries occurring on kickoffs results in concussions.
“Everybody is looking to make sure we have a safe environment for the players,” said Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association.
The wedge block is understandable as safety is the central issue. It’s the new taunting rule that will stir up the most criticism. Starting in 2011, live-ball penalties will be assessed from the spot of the foul (start of taunting) and eliminate the score. Players finishing touchdown runs by high-stepping into the end zone or pointing the ball toward an opponent are examples of what may be deemed taunting.
“The rules committee voted unanimously on this. Let’s keep the lid on sportsmanship and prevent that type of demeaning,” said Dave Parry, the NCAA’s national coordinator of college football officiating.
Finally, the use of eye black containing messages has been banned. Such practices were made famous by Tebow and former USC standout Reggie Bush.
We would hate to be the first player that leaves his brain in the locker room and taunts on his way to an easy touchdown.

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4 thoughts on “NCAA TAUNTING RULE”

  1. This is guarunteed to create massive amounts of controversy at some point or another. Refs should not decide games and that is exactly how this is going to play out. Someone is going to get excited at the end of a game winning drive and they are going to call a rediculous penalty eliminating a win. Retarded rule.

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