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Sunday, April 15, 2018

The NCAA has modified kickoffs in college football: Any player can make a fair catch inside the 25 yard line for the ball to be ruled a touchback, just like when a player takes a knee in the end zone. Former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, who has for years crusaded to eliminate kickoffs, would like to replace them with the scoring team getting the ball on its 30 yard line in a fourth-and-15 situation. They could go for it or punt.

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Football sucks.

Baseball is America's National Pastime.

Get with the program people.

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-04-15 01:22 PM | Reply

"the scoring team getting the ball on its 30 yard line in a fourth-and-15 situation. They could go for it or punt."

Interesting alternative... never heard of that one before.

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2018-04-15 01:25 PM | Reply

That's a reasonable rule. I don't know why kicking is such a big part of football in the first place. It really has nothing to do with any other aspect of the game.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-04-15 04:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#3 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Kind of hard to call it "football" if they never kick the ball, isn't it?

#4 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2018-04-15 04:45 PM | Reply

A punt is a kick, just a safer one.

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2018-04-15 04:47 PM | Reply

"Baseball is America's National Pastime."

Them ------- is gittin' tired'a baseball...soccer's takin' over...

#6 | Posted by Angrydad at 2018-04-15 09:45 PM | Reply

I have argued that they should eliminate kicking from the game entirely. On 4th down you either make it or turn the ball over.

After a score, no extra point and the ball is placed on some arbitrary (you pick it, 20,25,30) yard line.

I could be persuaded to leaf field goals in the game, but if you could not kick on 4th down, that would make for some interesting games.

#7 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-04-16 10:04 AM | Reply

That's a reasonable rule. I don't know why kicking is such a big part of football in the first place. It really has nothing to do with any other aspect of the game.
#3

From it's Rugby roots. But yeah, with every passing decade, kicking the ball seems more of an anachronism. An odd piece that feels tacked on, and with high injury potential.

You used to be able to still technically score on a drop kick (like a field goal but you drop the ball nose down and, god willing, time it perfectly and kick the ball a split second after it bounces. difficult with a rugby ball, really difficult with a pointy american football). But I believe they've actually written that out of the rules now. Doug Flutie, seizing the opportunity to be an answer to a trivia question, dropped one down for an extra point before they outlawed it.

#8 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2018-04-16 10:24 AM | Reply

I have argued that they should eliminate kicking from the game entirely. On 4th down you either make it or turn the ball over.
After a score, no extra point and the ball is placed on some arbitrary (you pick it, 20,25,30) yard line.
I could be persuaded to leaf field goals in the game, but if you could not kick on 4th down, that would make for some interesting games.
#7 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

Moving the PAT back has made it more interesting. But I think Field Goals are here to stay and I like them. They add some drama.

That said, the kick offs...are frankly boring. But if you get rid of them, you lose the onside kick.... On the college level, I think its worth losing that option for player safety. These guys aren't getting millions. 99% will never play pro ball.

#9 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-04-16 12:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There are some great players who got their start on special teams. Josh Cribbs would never have played a down with the new rules. It is likely that his return record will never be broken now

#10 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-04-16 01:28 PM | Reply

This sucks for Michigan.

They're kicker was able to consistently kick the ball high and to the 5-yard line. By kicking high the gunners were closer to the runner than a typical kick. Michigan routinely had opponents starting drives inside the 25 yard line.

#11 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-04-16 02:00 PM | Reply

"I don't know why kicking is such a big part of football in the first place"

It's an opportunity for a team to capitalize on a speed advantage they may have over another team. Other than that.......

#12 | Posted by eberly at 2018-04-16 02:05 PM | Reply

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