New Rules, No Problems

By Adam Caparell - September 04, 2006


The rules changes went over without any major gripping or complaining from the majority of Big East coaches Monday. No one felt the rules were a hindrance or a pain, but some noticed more of a difference than others.

The two rule changes meant to speed up the game - starting the clock when the ball is kicked off as opposed to when it is received and starting the clock on a change of possession when the ball is marked - certainly made an impression on West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez.

“You noticed a little bit,” he said.

Rodriguez said that the Mountaineers averaged 12-13 possessions per game last season. In their season opening win against in-state rival Marshall, West Virginia had just 10 possessions.

“No question there’s a shorter number of plays and shorter number of possessions so you have to make plays,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez actually said he felt like the game dragged on and on. Rodriguez agreed with a reporter who noted that the in-state television broadcast included a ton of commercials and probably pushed the game well into the 3:30 range that NCAA officials are trying to avoid this year.

UConn coach Randy Edsall didn't notice much of a difference in the Huskies win over Rhode Island Thursday.

Same thing with Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt.

“I asked our coaches that Sunday morning,” Wannstedt said. “It didn’t affect us one bit. We generally did not huddle up on the sidelines. I did not notice from a time management standpoint any difference to be quite honest with you.”

Posted by Adam Caparell at 03:04 PM on September 04, 2006
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