NCAA delays use of electronic devices until 2017

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La Monroe Auburn Football

In March, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight panel approved use of electronic devices in coaches boxes and locker rooms during games, beginning this fall.

That lasted a little over a month.

The Football Rules Committee requested the Playing Rules Oversight panel to delay electronic usage until the 2017 season, and on Tuesday the NCAA announced that request has been granted.

The NCAA writes, "after receiving feedback from commissioners in all three divisions that sponsor the sport, it was decided more time was needed to develop guidelines that would allow for consistent application of the rule, help manage the costs and to provide time to see if any unintended consequences develop."

Seeing as how the NFL already allows tablets on sidelines and Major League Baseball has now followed suit, it seems the commissioners are being overly cautious here. But, hey, what else is new?