As the College Football World Turns Vol. VII: For the Love of College Football

November 4, 2011
by Justin

Welcome back to ATCFWT, the ultimate destination for all the college football drama of the week, provided exclusively to you by scoutme. In volume one, we weighed in on college football’s bout with conference realignment, while in two and three updated you about new developments in college football. Volume four was highlighted with the possibility of Boise State playing for the Big East, and last week’s piece provided more insight about the developments from the prior week in college football’s soap opera. Volume six was highlighted with some new conference realignment information along with some NCAA rule updates. In preparation for what is being dubbed as college football’s “Game of the Century” by ESPN, this week will touch on the game between national powerhouses LSU and Alabama along with the usual drama of college football.

The No Celebration Athletic Association (NCAA)

The NCAA a few new rules for college football that I touched on in volume six, but the worst rule of them all is the celebration rule that was put in place this season. Article one, section two of the NCAA college football rule book states that, “If the penalty (unsportsmanlike act/celebration) occurs before the play is dead, it is ruled a live ball foul and the penalty is enforced from the spot of the foul.” This new rule caused huge college football fan outcry, and I understand why. It’s not like he high stepped or ran backwards; he opened up his arms for a split-second and ran into the end zone. This rule is the beginning of the end for any showcase of individualism in college football and looks to be adopted nationwide in high school football. Here is the video of the LSU/Florida game where the new celebration penalty was called for the first time on college football’s national stage.

This Week on ESPN

The ESPN family of networks has become the Holy Bible for sports geeks like me. Much to my delight, this week on ESPN was filled with programming dedicated to the Alabama/LSU game. Both teams are from the same conference and the same region, and every single year they usually pull in the most ESPN 150 college football recruits. I couldn’t watch one program on ESPN this week without the game being brought up. I particularly don’t care who wins, I’ve just loved all the behind the scenes, college football reporting that people like ESPN’s Erin Andrews has done. Another great ESPN show this week was BCS Countdown on ESPN University. ESPN  was the first to inform the world of the college football players from LSU that have all been reinstated just in time for the big game. I spoke briefly about them in volume six if you missed it.

No Love for Kiffin or his Pockets

The ESPN website also had some interesting college football pieces. My favorite this week was about Lane Kiffin’s issues with the refs not giving him his timeout in the triple OT loss to Stanford. He was fined $10,000 by USC for questioning the credibility of the refs. Kiffin has to know that this is one of the many cardinal sins of college football.

Well, It’s about that time that get off my soapbox, but I’ll be back next week. Until the drama of college football dies, this is Yorick Hempstead, signing off.



Yorick Hempstead is an ex-college athlete who is a sports blogger for scoutme. He is always talking sports on twitter @HempsteadHuddle.

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