There’s a recommended college football rule change that appears to be directly linked to Lynn Bowden.
No, this rule change not does not deter wide receivers from playing quarterback. This proposed change appears to stem from what happened on the field prior to the Belk Bowl.
ESPN’s video of the Kentucky/Virginia Tech scuffle featuring Lynn Bowden pic.twitter.com/xgxOp8YLYo
— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) December 31, 2019
There were no repercussions from the shot Bowden landed on the Virginia Tech Hokie prior to kickoff. The punch landed so early that officials could not enforce a penalty for his actions. The new rule proposed would extend the officials’ jurisdiction from one-hour to 90 minutes before kickoff.
The Belk Bowl altercation would have just fallen inside this window. It’s certainly fair for us to describe this potential rule change as the “Lynn Bowden rule.”
There are a few more significant rule changes that all college football fans will like if approved.
— Players who are ejected for targeting will not have to leave the field of play. Instead of being escorted to the locker room, a player called for targeting can remain on the bench.
— Duplicate numbers will no longer be allowed. Players could previously share numbers if they were never on the field at the same time. If passed, the NCAA will allow players to wear the number ‘0’ to give teams an extra option.
— The NCAA Football Rules Committee recommends that replays last no longer than two minutes.
The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel will consider and vote on the rule changes April 16.