At yesterday’s seminar, the local media received updates on the new rules for the 2012 NCAA season. It appears the revisions were designed to improve safety. For instance:
• Everyone but the kicker on the kickoff team must be no more than 5 yards from the line of scrimmage. If a non-kicker is outside the range, a penalty will be assessed. The change was made to reduce the running time and, thus, reduce the impact of the hit.
• Last year, when an onside kick strikes the ground and pops in the air, the returner is fair game. This year, similar to the punt returner, the returner of a popped-up onside kick is allowed a 1-yard “halo” of protection to field the ball.
• The following are restricted from blocking below the waist: 1) A lineman, who at the snap is more than 7 yards from the middle lineman of the offensive formation; 2) A back who at the snap is aligned wit the frame of his body completely outside the tackle box or completely outside the frame of the body of the second lineman from the snapper in either direction toward a sideline; 3) A back who is in motion at the snap and had been outside the area listed in No. 2 any time after the ball was ready for play and before the snap. Translation: Officials need to be paid extra for working Boise State and Air Force games.
• A player whose helmet comes off (except if it it dislodge illegally by an opponent) must sit out the ensuing play. What’s more, once the helmet comes off, the player can only complete the current task. For instance, if an offensive lineman’s helmet comes off while blocking, he is not permitted to attempt to make a tackle if the pass is intercepted on the play. The rule was implemented after the referees noted there were an average of more than six dislodged helmets per FBS game in 2011. Translation: Equipment managers are on the hot seat and UH football players need to make appointments at Bliss Salon & Barbering.
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Pop true/false quiz:
1. The replay official cannot determine if a field-goal attempt or try attempt is good if the ball passes clearly above the uprights.
2. All fumble recoveries in the field of play are reviewable no matter the circumstances.
3. The ball carrier’s forward progress with respect to a first down is reviewable.
4. There are no fouls that can be created through the use of instant replay.
5. Once the replay official has made his decision and the referee announced the result of the review, no further review is permitted, even if subsequent video shows a different result.
6. The touching of a kick if always reviewable.
7. A forward pass touched by an official is not reviewable.
8. The replay official is limited to a specific time of 2 minutes to review a play after deciding to stop the game.
9. If a ball is fumbled forward out of bounds and left at the spot where it goes out of bounds, it is not reviewable.
10. Following a first-down play that includes an accepted penalty for offensive holding, the on-field officials mistakenly indicate second down. The mistake is not reviewable.
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UH has finished its media guide, but it won’t be unveiled until Tuesday’s MWC media event. But we did receive a link to a preview, and it well done. Well, except for the part where this newspaper is referred to as an Oahu newspaper when, in fact, we are statewide. (C’mon, we don’t say the Warriors are Oahu’s team.)
Other than that, an excellent job. UH always puts out good media guides.
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