Published February 24, 2014 - 11:30amNEW: Follow on facebook -
Former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden hasn’t coached since 2008, but he has a radical new idea for college football, which is a hot topic in the NFL.
Bowden wants to eliminate PATs after touchdowns, and he explains his rationale on his website, TommyBowden.com.
Bowden says the NCAA’s proposal to slow hurry-up offenses doesn’t make sense, because why would anyone want to change the game when college football has broken attendance records? Bowden explains, if the college rules are going to change, why not change for the better by eliminating PATs?
One of the reasons college football has broken attendance records this year is because of the extra excitement that the no huddle up tempo offense has brought to the game. That’s why the discussion to slow the game down doesn’t make since to me. If we want to change a rule, change the extra point rule like the NFL is considering. This would even bring more thrill and suspense to a game that is gaining in popularity every year.
How would it work? There would be no more kicking on a extra point and the team would have an option to run a play for 1 point. A touchdown would now be worth 7 points. If you elect to go for an extra point and fail, then you lose 1 point and you now have 6 points. If you successfully make the extra point attempt, you get 1 point and now have 8 points. You can also chose not to attempt and extra point and your total would remain at 7.
Why change the extra point ? In the NFL there were 5 missed attempts in 1,200 kicks. Four of those 5 were blocked. The 17 top scorers in the NFL are kickers. That just doesn’t seem American. If you remove the extra point the leading scorer would have been Jamal Charles, of the Kansas City Chiefs. College kickers are just about as accurate. You need to remember, years ago when players would kick extra points they were not specialist. It was probably a running back who just carried the ball 8 times on a 12 play drive and lines up to kick with blood running down in his eyes and a sore knee and a banged up shoulder. It surely wasn’t an automatic successful kick like it is today by a specialist who’s only job is to kick.
Bowden’s proposal would make coaches think after a touchdown. Do you keep seven points? Or do you risk going for eight and getting six?
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Bowden has been the only outspoken proponent of eliminating PATs in the college game, but 2015 is a rules change year, right? It’s not likely this proposal would gain any ground anytime soon, but if there’s some way it can be tweaked under the umbrella of player safety, look out.
Should college football say bye-bye to PATs and make touchdowns worth seven?
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