This is the stupidest rule change in the history of a committee devoted to spitting out a slow but steady pile of spectacularly stupid rule changes:
Beginning in 2011, the committee approved another proposal that will disallow touchdowns for taunting, if the foul occurs before the player scores.
Thus the NCAA Rules Committee, after a series of incidents last year where referees made dodgy calls on unsportsmanlike celebration penalties in high profile games, has decided to assist in the slow transformation of officials into interpretive dance judges by allowing them even more sway over pivotal moments in the game.
Oh, and they also gave them the power to revoke scores if “celebration” happens before they score based on where the celebration starts.
Congratulations, NCAA: you’ve created a football environment that allows for less fun than the NFL and more officiating confusion than in the NBA. Please send us your mailing address, as we have several dead squirrels to mail you.
(p.s. They're also cracking down on eyeblack messages, so if guys really want to spread a message they're going to have to start getting facial tattoos. We like this one, because facial tattoos show a commitment to finishing the drill.)