Pros, cons of potential NCAA rules changes
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
On Thursday, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee announced recommended changes meant to bring balance to the game following the lowest-scoring season since 1952, a campaign that’s sparked “growing criticism.”
These implementations must be approved by the rules oversight panel on June 18 in order to become effective for the 2013-14 season. Until then, here’s a look at the pros and cons two of the most impactful rule changes could present:
Block-charge rule change: A defender would receive a blocking foul if he moves into the path of an offensive player starting his upward motion with the ball in order to shoot or pass.
Pro: Better offense. It’s obvious that this move, in particular, is a clear move to make for more scoring. The block-charge calls will be debated regardless, but the current rule — specifying that a defender must be in legal guarding position before the offensive player leaves the floor — benefits the hustling defensive player.
Con: College coaches preach taking charges. That shouldn’t change and the game shouldn’t be poisoned when team camaraderie generally trumps any individual statistic in the NCAA game. Still, this will surely make players more timid when it comes time to make a game-altering play.
An example of the current call sparking controversy: In the third round of the NCAA tournament, Ohio State’s Aaron Craft’s controversial charge marred his cold-blooded game-winning shot that advanced the Buckeyes to the Sweet 16. Iowa State’s Will Clyburn looked to make a clutch basket with 1:15 remaining while absorbing contact. Except Craft rotated at the nick of time to earn a controversial charge call. With the new rule in place, that’s a block. “College basketball refs repeatedly call charges on clear blocks. It is an epidemic, and a failure. We can do better.” — ESPN analyst Jay Bilas said after the game.
Elbow rule change: Officials will now have the ability to use their judgment to determine if a player’s elbow is worthy of a flagrant 2, a flagrant 1, a common foul or no foul out all. With the current rule, any elbow above the … [For more on Pros and cons of potential NCAA rules changes in college basketball, click here.]