NCAA Football Rules Committee proposes changes to improve player safety

by Andrew Krammer

The NCAA Football Rules Committee has recommended several rule changes intended to further protect the student-athlete for the 2012 season.

The committee, which met last Tuesday through Thursday in Charlotte, N.C., has chosen to suggest these during a non-rules change year in the two-year cycle process. However, these specific adjustments can be implemented immediately because they directly impact the safety of the student-athlete.

The changes recommended must be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which will meet via conference call Feb. 21, according to the NCAA.

The recommendations include changes to the kickoff and touchback lines, when a player loses their helmet during a play as well as additional protection to the kick returner. A full list of the recommendations can be found here.