SCREAMIN’ FROM THE CHEAP SEATS – NOVEMBER 13
By Leo Haggerty

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEEDS TO CHANGE QUICKLY

OK, this is going to be short and sweet.  The NCAA needs to reexamine their review policy because college football is becoming almost unwatchable and I will cite two examples.

First, every call does NOT to be reviewed.  Right now, there is NO flow to the game.  You can’t go five plays without a stoppage to review some minute detail.  Here’s my suggestion to cure this.  If it’s happening in the first three quarters, then the only plays that should even be considered for review are scoring plays and change of possession along with a coaches challenge.  Any other play, such as catch or no catch, the call on the field will stand.  Live with it.

Second, and here’s the big one for me, there should be NO such thing as a booth initiated review of a play.  If the seven guys in the striped shirts don’t think it’s a penalty or a violation, then play on.  What are they being paid for?

I just watched an Auburn defensive lineman, who was jumping up to try and deflect a pass thus forcing the Mississippi State quarterback to pull the pigskin down, land on the QB and their facemasks bumped.  Not a hard or forceful blow but one that happens within the framework of the game we call football.

The on field guys in the striped shirts didn’t feel it was an act that needed to be penalized for targeting and rightfully so.  The problem was that the “eye in the sky” press box official didn’t see it that way.  He called down to the head referee for the “white hat” to review the play for targeting.

At that point, and I will be perfectly honest with all of you, I lost it.  The Auburn player was ejected because the on field official wasn’t going to stand his ground and say “no harm, no foul” to the off field official.

Here’s how we rectify that situation.  The off field official can ONLY become involved in the game if there is a request from the on field referees or a coaches challenge.  The “zebra in the press box” should ONLY become involved in the game if asked to review a play.  They should not be able to initiate a call, period.

Memo to the NCAA.  Fix this quickly or you’re going to start seeing fans turn your games off for another alternative form of entertainment that is not so cumbersome and slooooooow.