New rule: knees need coverage, too

Uniform coverage of the knees was previously not a requirement. Shown here, Hawaii running back Paul Harris was brought down by Ohio State safety Tyvis Powell, left, and defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis. / Star-Advertiser photo, 2015

A rule that officials working college football games will begin enforcing this season requires players’ pants to “completely cover the knees,” officials said.

Rule 1-4-4-d advises that, “if an official discovers illegal equipment or if a player is not wearing mandatory equipment, the player must leave the game for at least one down and is not allowed to return until the equipment is made legal.”

UH’s practice uniforms don’t cover the knees, but its game uniforms will this season. / Photo by Ferd Lewis

This includes knee pads and pants “completely covering the knees.”

The rule was to have been instituted in 2017 but many schools had already ordered uniforms when the rule was announced so it is being implemented this year.

UH, like a lot of mid-major schools, practices in older uniforms that might not cover the knees. But the ‘Bows have been advised that come game day officials will be checking to see that uniforms comply with the rules.

Coaches are required to certify before the game that their players will be in compliance.


Also from Ferd Lewis: Here’s a link to today’s breaking news on Colorado State coach Mike Bobo being hospitalized ahead of the UH-CSU season opener in Colorado.


  1. Savich August 13, 2018 8:55 pm

    Really. Some players don’t make height. They want to make the team for 2 reasons: 1) so hometown fans will know about him. 2) So he can have closure from high school. Why football? Stay in school and study. Smurf. Midget. Failure.

  2. Sangamon Keith August 14, 2018 2:30 am

    #1 ????? What are you talking about?

  3. Richard Yuen August 14, 2018 5:20 am

    #2. Its code and I can translate…” I totally agree with the new uniform requirement in order to be in compliance with Rule 1-4-4-d.”

  4. H-Man August 14, 2018 6:00 am

    Good opportunity to get rid of the grey pants and replace them with some white and dark green/black ones.

  5. oldtimer808 August 14, 2018 8:04 am

    Yes I agree with number 2. I recall there was someone who sounded just like savich. I guess individuals change there log in names. He never made much sense on his comments.

  6. Na Alii Pride August 14, 2018 11:35 am

    #5 – yes he was previously Dave, Ohana Hawaii, and KOH I NOR. A rose by any other name …

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