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The NCAA football rules committee is proposing moving kickoffs from the 30-yard line to the 35, and the reason for the possible change is safety. Research that the NCAA is using shows that more injuries happen on kickoffs than anything else in football. If the change is approved later this month by the NCAA, it will reverse a decision made in 2007, in which kickoffs were moved from the 35 to the 30. The reason at the time...more kickoff returns would generate more excitement. It seems odd that the NCAA football rules committee suddenly would take safety more seriously in 2012 than it did in 2007. I don't know, maybe the committee couldn't see this coming.

A 220 pound player running full speed hitting someone coming the other direction at full speed. Yeah, bad things could happen...................

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They ought to give the kicker a FG if he can punch it through the uprights on a dead run from the 35 yard line. You'll probably see some kickoffs from the 50 as it is with unsportsmanlike penalties assessed on kickoffs after a TD is scored. But what a wussy rule change. Kickoff returns are all the offense you will ever see in some games in some parts.
 

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I can see it now. Coin flip and winning team trots out to the 40 yard line to start the game No kickoff.

Sounds crazy but it wouldn't surprise me with the sillyness going on today in college sports.
 

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i think this is a huge rule change. there are a ton of teams who kickoff and can only get the ball to the 5-10 yard line....now it will put it in the endzone. big difference starting at the 20 instead of the 40-50...
 

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not a big deal IMO. in the nfl it only changed starting position exactly 5 yards from the previous 4 year average...22 vs 27 starting point. obviously touchbacks increased a bunch but that 5 yard tradeoff saved a lot of collisions, which was the idea behind the rule change anyway.
 

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Crazy, they changed kicking off from the 35 to the 30 the 2007 season so there wouldn't be as many touchbacks.
 

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I can see it now. Coin flip and winning team trots out to the 40 yard line to start the game No kickoff.

Sounds crazy but it wouldn't surprise me with the sillyness going on today in college sports.
Wouldn't surprise me either the with the direction this game is moving. At this rate in 15 years they'll be playing flag football. This rule change got me thinking about that highschool coach in Arkansas. He doesn't use special teams. He just onsides kicks after each TD and goes for it on every 4th down. 3 state titles in 9 years tells me this isn't a completely stupid idea.
 

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I posted about this on my regular UF site.

The problem with it is on-side's kicks. It fucks the whole thing up. It will likely NEVER be successful if the players are another 5 yards back.

Bottom line: quit trying to fix something that's not broken! The game is fine the way it is....

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