Will Muschamp sees potential for college football to adopt an XFL rule
The rebooted XFL is now three weeks into its 2020 season. The league has experienced a predictable ratings drop from Week 1, but unlike the Alliance of American Football, there is not widespread chatter of the league’s imminent demise.
In the media – print, television, social, etc – the reaction to the XFL has been mostly positive. Fans and analysts have speculated that some of the XFL’s rules may be adapted into the NFL or NCAA. South Carolina coach Will Muschamp opined Wednesday that he could see one XFL rule coming to college football.
“I think the (XFL) kickoff may be where we’re headed. I think it’s an interesting new approach,” Muschamp said, per Josh Kendall of The Athletic. “It keeps the kickoff in the game and eliminates some of the collisions we are worried about.”
In the XFL, the kickoff is from the team’s 30-yard line. Meanwhile, the coverage unit is on the opposing 35-yard line with the return team lined up only five yards away on their own 30-yard line. The two units are not allowed to move until the kickoff returner touches the ball.
The XFL shared its first kickoff of the 2020 season, showcasing the procedure:
As Muschamp points out, the XFL-style kickoff is a potential compromise for traditionalists who want to keep the kickoff in the game and those who are concerned about injuries caused by collisions on kickoffs.