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Friday, July 28, 2006

Bellotti rips changes laid down by NCAA...


For the complete article go to the Yahoo NCAA Football website.



For whom the 'Bell' tolls
University of Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti is not happy about the newly instituted rule changes designed to speed up the game.

Following a change of possession, the game clock will now start when the referee signals ready for play – not when the ball is snapped. In another switch, the clock will start when the ball is kicked on kickoffs. Previoulsy the clock didn't start until the receiving team touched the ball.

Bellotti used the media day stage to voice his displeasure regarding the new rules.

"I don't think from the fan standpoint the game is too long. I don't think cutting five to 10 to 15 minutes out of it is going to make a difference," he said. "As a coach, I am appalled at the rule changes. They are major and very severe and they are going to change the game as we know it, especially in starting the game clock after a change of possession. That changes a lot of strategies. I'm disappointed. I can't find anyone who is in favor of that. I hope it's overturned next year."

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