I just think it's bullshit. Once you're that close to the goal, you should have to defend, not play games with the offsides rule. If I were Dictator of Sports I'd rewrite the rulebook so there's no such thing as offsides in the box.
"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."