NCAA Panel Approves Kickoff Changes, Alters Water Polo Forever

The NCAA's Playing Rules Oversight Panel has announced rules changes for football, water polo, bowling, and volleyball. All are important, but let's focus first on the football changes, all of which appear to have been installed in the name of safety.

As had been proposed, kickoffs will be conducted from the 35-yard line instead of the 30, coverage teams won't be able to line up more than five yards from the 35, and touchbacks will be moved to the 25. A player whose helmet is removed must sit out a play, and new blocking rules will infuriate Georgia Tech. Details here.

Now, for the good stuff (for more water polo, please visit The Skip Shot):

PROP approved proposals in men's water polo that limit the course to 25 meters and shorten the shot clock to 30 seconds. Both become effective in the 2012-13 academic year. Previously, the men's course was not to exceed 30 meters and the shot clock was 35 seconds. The changes are being implemented with the goal of producing more offense.

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