NCAA approves two new playing rules for 2017, delays another until 2018

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday April 19, 2017

The NCAA has passed two new minor playing rules, while delaying another.

The two new rules approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel include:

-- Players are prohibited from jumping over offensive linemen to block a kick

-- The nameplate is now included in the horse-collar tackle 15-yard penalty

The NFL implemented the same rule banning the offensive line hurdling last month. The play has become a quick fad over the past two years, and while the successful ones looked clean and safe, there were instances where it wasn’t done properly, and it’s been deemed a player safety issue.

Pete Carroll said at the time: "Well, the examples that they showed us were the really bad examples. They didn't show the examples of how pretty it is when a guy leaps over with great body control and makes the play and all. Guys were landing on their head and falling all over each other. It was a mess when we looked at it, so I couldn't vote against it the way it was going because they really did have examples that looked dangerous.”

No more of this:

The horse-collar tackle penalty has been around for more than a decade now, and it continues to expand, now including the nameplate on the jersey.

As for the delayed rule, requiring players to wear kneepads and pants that cover knees will be implemented in 2018, instead of 2017. The reason? Equipment orders.

The NCAA said in a release: "It is recommended strongly that the pants cover the knee for the 2017 season, but the panel voted to delay making the rule a requirement due to feedback from the membership that uniforms already have been purchased and may not fully meet the requirement.”

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