The NCAA has announced that players will no longer be allowed to roll up their jerseys to expose their stomachs during games.
If a player has his jersey rolled-up during a game, he will have to sit out a play and unroll it before returning to the game.
Officials will treat illegal equipment issues – such as jerseys tucked under the shoulder pads or exposed back pads – by making the player leave the field for at least one play. The equipment must be corrected for the player to return to the game. The player may remain in the game if his team takes a timeout to correct the equipment issue.
Other rule changes for next season include the option for an eight-person officiating crew, a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty for pulling a player off a pile and a ban on non-standard facemasks.
Last week, the NCAA tabled a proposed change to the ineligible receiver rule that would have moved the rule from three yards to one yard.
- Paul Palladino