Trying to take my mind off the tough loss tonight, I was thinking about rule changes that I would like to see in college football and basketball (or any other sport). Here are a few that I was pondering:
1. Shorten the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds. I'll call this the Anti-Bo-Ryan Rule.
2. Move the 3 point line back to NBA distance. Teams have become too reliant on it, and it hurts the game in my opinion.
3. Eliminate the jump ball rule. If the offense can't maintain possession without getting tied up, the defense should be awarded the ball. It's crazy that we have 5 and 3 second calls, but if the offense puts the ball right in the defenders hands, they might get it back.
4. Eliminate the block/charge call. Stop looking for the "taking a charge pose" that has us all laughing at/hating Duke and Indiana. Call contact like you would any other foul.
5. I'd like to see the 1 and 1 rule altered, though I'm not sure how. Statistically, it gives the fouling team too much in terms of risk/reward. The median offensive efficiency for CFB teams is .986 points per possession. The average FT shooting percentage is below 70%. The statistical difference here between getting one point from a bonus situation and one point for a typical possesion is, for me, not enough of a penalty for a team intentionally fouling late in the game. I'll call this the "I'm pissed about how today's game ended" rule, but this is the one I feel strongest about. The numbers just do not support a 1 and 1 situation.
6. In football, make holding a 5 yard penalty. The vast majority of sacks aren't ten yards, and most holdings don't prevent a sack/create a play over ten yards. The average yards per play is about 5.4.
7. If a team is intentionally committing a safety, a holding penalty should place the time of the play back on the clock and the yardage should be assessed on the kickoff.
8. If a team intentionally fouls in the last 2 minutes, it is automatically double bonus.
What do you think? What are some rules that you would like to see changed?
Edit: I can't count. Numbers adjusted. I'll also add a #8.