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19 Sep 2017 1:09 PM
It appears some referees are simply enforcing the penalties that are reported to them without insisting on a fuller explanation. Chapter 13 of the Mechanics Manual has quite a bit of detail on that. Without belaboring the point, false starts and encroachments are simple but for PI and holding, the referee needs to hear what happened. That is especially critical for USC’s.
We’ve had a couple of occasions where the officials have been accosted while leaving the field and the referee did not find out what happened until everyone was in the locker room. That seems to indicate officials are not leaving the field together. Unsporting acts that occur after the game ends should be reported and an ejectable offense should be so stated in the game report.
A player who lifted and pounded an opponent repeatedly into the ground was ejected because it was his second USC. That describes a flagrant PF worthy of immediate ejection regardless of any previous USC fouls.
“Game length” has been added to the report summary. Many referees are including that and it appears to be useful info. If the average game length gets too long, we will propose changes to the clock rule. Also, we are asking for the actual start time, not the scheduled start time.
During the coin toss, no other players are allowed on the field unless its senior night which is usually the last home game of the season. In such case, the seniors must remain at the top of the numbers (9-yard marks).
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