K2260 BC-FBC-RULES 02-14 0618


College game shifts rules

DALLAS — The NCAA football rules committee has turned back the clock in its attempt to shorten games this fall.

Mike Clark, the football rules committee chairman, announced on Wednesday a series of changes that address dead time during a game while giving the offense more opportunities.

Starting this fall, the clock will begin on the first snap of a possession — just as it did every year before 2006. Timeouts called by teams will be 30 seconds long instead of 1:05. The play clock will be only 15 seconds after a TV timeout, down from 25 seconds.


Last year, the committee voted to start the game clock on the change of possession instead of waiting for the snap. The change shaved minutes off an average game. But Rule 3-2-5-e also meant an average of six fewer plays per game than the previous season.

Texas Tech coach Mike Leach said last September it was the "stupidest rule to come out in a significantly long time." A web site even cropped up called

Kickoffs will also be made from the 30-yard line instead of the 35. The move is designed to reduce touchbacks and "introduce a very exciting play" back into the game. Last year, the committee voted to shorten the kicking tee but that had a negligible effect on kickoffs.

The NCAA playing rules oversight panel must finalize the proposals on March 12.

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