I love college football. No, I lurve college football (Annie Hall reference for those who think that’s a typo).
But it is a mess right now.
Obviously, this hasn’t been a great year for the NCAA. For years I have been harping on the hypocrisy of the organization. This year, it seems that everyone else is on my bandwagon.
But this isn’t about Ohio State or Cam Newton.
This is about what happened on Thursday. In one game, we see a player give a salute on an important touchdown and get penalized 15 yards forcing Kansas State to go for two points from the 18-yard line. That night, we saw several Tennessee players give salutes and quarterback Tyler Bray do a double throat slash.
It’s ridiculous that different officials have different rules. Rogers Redding, the SEC head of officials, sent a memo to his officials last year about the excessive celebration penalty that said, “If it feels right, don’t call it. If it feels wrong, call it.”
That’s what we’re dealing with.
College football is too important to have different rules for different games. If you are going to have celebration penalties, it has to be a uniform rule, especially with the new rule coming in next year where you can be penalized from the spot of the foul and a touchdown taken away.
College football needs a czar, a president, a CEO to make everything right. It’s not right now in so many ways.
I still love it, but college football is starting to lose any credibility it has.