I would keep the live-ball rules the same. That way the receiving team could choose to just let the kicking team down the ball wherever they retrieve it.
One crazy thought I had about kickoffs and punts is to keep them but make some modifications to the rules and procedures. What if for each you required the receiving team to have all 11 players on the line of scrimmage. This would dramatically reduce the high-speed head-on collisions which cause injury. In this scenario the kicking team boots the ball (or attempts an on-sides) and everyone is running more or less in the same direction after the ball - a few guys may turn around to start blocking immediately. Someone will race down the field and may get to it scoop it up and begin a return. Could actually be exciting.
Can't even imagine the shit show we'd be witnessing right now had Penn State hired Schiano instead of Franklin a couple years ago...
Logged on to make this comment. I would change that game too! That team was the best in the NCAA that year tournament be damned.
Excellent second point.
EDIT: Ha! Which actually reminds me of some frustration I had last year when we weren't seeing second and even third-stringers getting playing time.
Arguably illegal play too (I believe the ball can't hit the ground on a lateral). Regardless, point remains that Ole Miss had the West won in that game and Alabama would've likely been locked out of the playoff rendering Bucksvstheworld's comment above completely absurd. Saban isn't running a monopoly.
How quickly you forgot that Ole Miss had it in the bag last year until they squandered away victory against Arkansas. Had they hung on to win they'd have won the West and gone to Atlanta.
Most definitely a move to quell some rumors about his job security. Auburn after all is pretty well known for not hesitating to fire the top guy when a few clouds roll in.
I still think Malzahn is one of the top coaches in the P5. Everyone points to the fact that they struggled finding a QB last year - which was very very odd to watch happen given how good Gus has been at winning games with almost anyone under center (remember, Nick Marshall was a defensive back transfer from UGA). But even in 2013 they didn't have great passing offense numbers, it's always been about the running game and they struggled in that department last year too. With Herb Hand back working with Gus I would expect that area to improve greatly and ease the pressure on the QB position.
Finally he's struggled to find the right defensive coordinator - I think each year that position has changed over since he's been HC. It really seemed to me that Champ had things headed in the right direction last season until South Carolina inexplicably hired him away. They got what should be a great replacement, but at a hefty price.
They'll be back next year if they can rectify the QB position somewhat, improve the running game, and continue the defensive progress.
I love it when DJ goes into architecture critic mode.
You cannot split Auburn and Alabama.
DJ Bryrnes, architecture critic.
Tip to any current OSU students, you can make some quick cash if you buy all the bikes that'll fit in a UHaul at that sale and bring them to NYC for resale.
Beat me to it.
Correct me if I'm wrong but 5 years ago today would've made Amari Cooper one of Jim Tressel's final scholarship offers.
I'm just curious about the details of how that play is legal. The center caught the TD.
What a shame that the Catholic Foundation completely changed the building facade (Streetview...play with the timeline).
Anyone have any idea why any school would get in NCAA-trouble for non-revenue sports?
Who went to Montreal?
DJ, thanks for the link to that cat website. It lead me to this which might have given me the ammo to get our cat a leash.
I bought football season tickets for obvious reasons. Their ticketing department will not stop calling me to push basketball tickets on me. I'm going to have to ask him (because its the same person that keeps calling) at some point how many of the people on his calling list are actually Ohio State fans who have zero interest in RU basketball tickets.
The players (excuse me, student athletes) that went on strike at Missouri just began to scrape the tip of the iceberg of the power that the football student athlete yields at universities. If they want that day, they can get it if they can organize.
Getting paid may be a ways off in the distance. But getting practical benefits such as more time away from the athletic facilities and having a balanced student/athlete life are almost immediately achievable.
Also just like to point out that we're discussing professional careers to amateur student athletes. Yes, they should certainly get more time away from football, especially considering that (taking a blind stab) 80% of the Ohio State roster won't go pro (NFL or CFL). These guys only get that scholarship for an education once after all.
Just to be clear, if Arkansas doesn't pull off that crazy win at Ole Miss, Alabama does not go to the SEC CG.
It's crazy to think now about how close Alabama was to sitting at home while Ole Miss would go on to Atlanta...and likely get held out of the 4-team playoff.
Bastard got a major assist/footnote in Alabama's run for the title.
Herb Hand worked with Gus Malzahn at Tulsa. Malzahn was the OC and Hand landed in Tulsa after RichRod went to UM. I think their coming together resulted in Malzahn really understanding the read-option and power running game from the spread formation (which Hand knew well from Rodriguez), previously I think Malzahn was mostly a spread passing guy.