Use of computers during college football games delayed year

The NCAA football rules committee has postponed the use of electronic devices such as laptop computers and tablets by coaches during games until 2017.

The committee in March proposed allowing the use electronic devices by coaches working the press boxes and in locker rooms, but not on the sidelines, this season. The proposal was approved by playing rules oversight panel. On Tuesday, the oversight panel approved a request from the committee to delay the implementation of the rule.

In a release, the NCAA said after receiving feedback from coaches in Divisions I, II and III, ''it was decided more time was needed to develop guidelines that would allow for consistent application of the rule, help manage the costs and to provide time to see if any unintended consequences develop.''

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