The NCAA is going to crack down on some new rules pertaining to uniforms and equipment, according to a tweet being shared recently by a number of college football equipment staffs.
On a few of them, I can see where they're coming from, but most of them make me, and a whole lot of other coaches and fans wonder - "Hey NCAA! Seriously, why do you even care?"
Among the new uniform rules:
- The entire knee must now be covered
(Let's be honest, the only thing knee pads are preventing is bruised kneecaps. If players want their knee exposed - because they feel faster or whatever the reason may be - what's the big deal?)
- Jersey's can't be rolled up to reveal stomach
(As a former offensive lineman, this one doesn't really bother me at all, but I know it's really going to bother some skill guys)
- For those who opt to weara back plate, it can't be exposed
(Again, this one doesn't bother me at all)
- T-shirt can't show below the jersey
(This one makes zero sense. What "problem" does this solve? And what happens if it does slip out during the course of a game, are refs going to seriously tell a player it needs to be covered up on top of all the other duties we ask them to juggle?)
Below is the graphic making its way around.
Anyone else not see any point to some of these? How are some of these worth putting hard and fast rules on to regulate?
Reactions on social media range from "Thank goodness," to the NCAA is out of control, and everything in between. Here are a few.