Dear NCAA: Change the color on color rules

One of the great traditions in college football is about to be restored this weekend – the cardinal of USC versus the the blue of UCLA.

USC Coach Pete Carroll:

“It’s something we’ve been thinking about for a while. From talking to coaches at UCLA over the years and seeing the teams wear their home jerseys growing up, it’s something we’re going to start up again this weekend.

“This has always been a colorful matchup, and we hope everyone enjoys this recognition of both the past and the present state of the rivalry.”

Prior to 1982, all the USC-UCLA games were played with both teams wearing their home uniforms. But that all ended when the NCAA stepped in to mandate away teams to wear white uniforms or face penalties. Under the current NCAA rules, if the away team does not wear white uniforms then they are to be penalized one timeout per half.

In other words, for honoring the tradition of USC-UCLA, the Trojans will have only two timeouts per half.

The timeout penalty is an idiotic solution in search of problem and reeks of the NCAA’s pompous attitude to dictate the fans experience.

USC & UCLA are right to proceed with the tradition and the NCAA needs to change the rule.

Long live the Cardinal and Blue!


Comment on Dear NCAA: Change the color on color rules…

Kyle Bunch

Partnerships for R/GA Ventures. Raised in California, adopted by Texas. Opinions expressed here are mine and they are fantastic.

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