Rules Committee wants new rules for college kickoffs

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College football rule makers have recommended that kickoffs be moved up five yards to the 35-yard line and touchbacks come out to the 25-yard line instead of the 20 in an effort to reduce injuries.

The NCAA’s Football Rules Committee recommended the changes because the governing body’s data shows that injuries occurred more during kickoffs than at other times of games. The plan is designed to encourage touchbacks with the ball downed in the end zone.

The proposal, which will be voted on Feb. 21 by the NCAA’s Playing Rules Oversight Panel after a comment period, parallels changes the NFL made before the 2011 season. The professional league moved kickoffs to the 35, but didn’t change touchbacks.

The panel recommended that if a player loses his helmet on a play other than when fouled, he must sit out the next play. NCAA data showed that players lost their helmets about twice a game last season.

It also proposed new wording that allows offensive players in the tackle box who are not in motion at the snap of the ball to block below the waist without restriction.

The committee also wants officials to give kick returners additional protection to complete a catch.

IOWA: Two consecutive years of disappointing results, star running backs leaving amid controversy and the loss of two top coordinators would land many coaches on the hot seat.

Not Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz. He’s not going anywhere.

Ferentz, who at 13 years and counting is the Big Ten’s longest-tenured coach, has the unwavering support of athletic director Gary Barta despite the turmoil that has engulfed the program over the past 18 months.

WAKE FOREST: The program has added two assistants to its staff.

Coach Jim Grobe said that Jonathan Himebauch will coach the offensive line and Derrick Jackson will be in charge of the defensive line.

Himebauch had coached in the Canadian Football League since 2009. Jackson spent last season coaching the defensive line at Rice.


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