New uniform rules appear to be coming to college football for the 2018 season. They seem a little unnecessary.
According to tweets being shared by various college football equipment staffs, a couple of different things are going to be listed as "noncompliant" when it comes to uniform wearing.
Football Scoop has the details:
- The entire knee must now be covered
(Let’s be honest, the only thing knee pads are preventing is bruised kneecaps. If players want their knee exposed – because they feel faster or whatever the reason may be – what’s the big deal?)
- Jersey’s can’t be rolled up to reveal stomach
(As a former offensive lineman, this one doesn’t really bother me at all, but I know it’s really going to bother some skill guys)
- For those who opt to weara back plate, it can’t be exposed
(Again, this one doesn’t bother me at all)
- T-shirt can’t show below the jersey
(This one makes zero sense. What “problem” does this solve? And what happens if it does slip out during the course of a game, are refs going to seriously tell a player it needs to be covered up on top of all the other duties we ask them to juggle?)
Almost all of those seem ridiculous. Ezekiel Elliott definitely would not have been happy with the "can't reveal stomach" rule.
This is the graphic going around on Twitter.
The rules have yet to be officially confirmed by the NCAA. Hopefully, some of these won't be enforced too strictly.