Thursday, June 12, 2014

Unsportsmanlike Conduct, Targeting Penalties Repealed for 2072

Unsportsmanlike Conduct, Targeting Penalties Repealed for 2072

By Enju Aihara
The Daily Magi
December 31, 2071

After the conclusion of the Special Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association in Miami, Fla., the NCAA has officially moved to repeal the Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Rule 9, Section 2) and Targeting (Rule 9, Section 1, Article 3, 4) penalties as mentioned in the 2071-72 Football Rule Book. The revised Football Rule Book will take effect starting with the 2072 college foootball season. The reasoning for this is that the rules have been unjustly enforced in situations where the penalties do not even exist and are enforced to deliberate influence the outcome of games.

"For the last 10 years, the Unsportsmanlike Conduct and Targeting penalties have been abussed by referees that officiating in all divisions," said Daniel Hong Cheong, a former right outside linebacker for the Mercyhurst Lakers and current head of the NCAA Football Rules Committee. "We feel that players should be allowed to celebrate big plays with their fans, and the opponents should use the taunting to improve the competitiveness of the game. So we're gonna let the players play and hit.

"Quite frankly, we're sick and tired of people calling us a soft society when it comes to the game of football. So we're going to ensure that the game is played the way the players want to play. We want to bring back the good ol' days of college football, where the players were nasty, the players were means, but they were good sports after all was said and done. The football played by our forefathers was not for the faint-of-heart. We're gonna allow the head slap and the really dirty tackling that made the game of the past what it was.

"Football, as we all should know by now—if not, you're not from here—is not a game for the faint of heart. It takes a lot of durability, pride, and the mentality of a warrior with little room for mercy. Hopefully with a loosening of the rules, we'll see the quality of play improve starting next season."

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