College Football: WeatherPosted: December 8, 2013
Welcome back to The DA Blog Sunday Night College Football Rules Review. Let’s look at a topic of particular relevance given what I see on my favorite website.
This weekend, I watched a couple of football games played in the snow, which appeared fun but logistically difficult for officials and stadium crews. So I wondered what the NCAA Football 2013 and 2014 Rules and Interpretations say about snow and field conditions.
To conduct my investigation of all 211 pages, I Control-F’d “Snow”–and I found nothing. Not one hit.
I Control F’d “Ice”–and I found nothing. Not one hit.
I Control F’d “Field Conditions”–and I found nothing. Not one hit.
I Control-F’d “Weather” and found many lightning references and weather website links, but nothing about snow, ice, or other pestilences.
After finding nothing about how to administer a snowy game, I concluded that the rule is, “Play Football”, which seems like a good rule. Who doesn’t enjoy playing football in the snow?
(One guy who didn’t appear to enjoy the snow this weekend was a place-kicker who blasted his offensive lineman in the colon during a One-Point Try Down Field Goal, which I suppose the offensive lineman didn’t enjoy either. [See this post for an explanation of the term One-Point Try Down Field Goal.]
The “Play Football” rule does leave unanswered whether the home team can employ a guy with a snowblower to help out his place kicker before a critical field goal, the NFL-version of which you can see here:
So my report tonight is a non-report. I have no rule interpretation for you.