NCAA correctly bans fake slides after Pitt QB exploits rule

The NCAA has ruled that Kenny Pickett’s fake slide is not legal.
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If you liked Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett’s fake slide on the way to a 58-yard touchdown in the ACC championship game last week, you’ll have to savor it, because you won’t see it again.

The NCAA has established that, with immediate effect, “Whenever a ball carrier starts, simulates or simulates a slide with the feet forward, the ball must be declared dead by the table officials at that time. The intent of the rule is the player’s safety and the goal is to give the ball carrier an option to end the game by sliding his feet first and avoiding contact ”.

This makes a lot of sense, which is why Wake Forest manager Dave Clawson was so frustrated with Pickett’s fake slide. As Clawson noted, defenders are taught that once they see a quarterback start sliding, they have to back off because hitting someone who is slipping receives a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness.

Philosophically, Clawson was obviously right, but Pickett couldn’t be blamed for exploiting a loophole in the rules. It’s a little surprising that it took so long for this to happen, but now the loophole is closed, so it won’t happen again.

It’s not exactly comforting for Wake Forest, but it’s also not that a touchdown 78 seconds into the game was decisive. The Demon Deacons went back into the field after Pickett’s run for an even touchdown, took a 21-14 lead by the end of the first quarter, and then didn’t score again when Pitt racked up 31 unanswered points for win his first ACC title.

The Panthers face Michigan State at the Peach Bowl on December 30, while Wake Forest, who last won the ACC in 2006, ended up getting a Gator Bowl matchup with Texas A&M on New Year’s Eve.

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Former Browns and Raiders manager Hue Jackson gets the I work in the state of Grambling It is one of the most enjoyable assumptions of this coaching cycle, to have the opportunity to return to the long overdue coaching.

Jackson only got one year in Oakland, where he scored 8-8, then presided over seasons 1-15 and 0-16 in Cleveland, with a record of 2-5-1 in his third season before being fired. As much as anyone could go 3-36-1 and feel like they got a shoddy deal, that was Jackson: The Browns were always tanking those first two years, they finally got Baker Mayfield as their quarterback, and after eight games in The Season as a Mayfield rookie – four of which went overtime, including two of the losses – Jackson was canceled.

Last season, Jackson was the offensive coordinator at Tennessee State for first year manager Eddie George. It was the first full season of work Jackson had since Cleveland, with his only other gig meanwhile a special assistant position in the last two months of Marvin Lewis’s tenure with the Bengals.

Anyway, just thinking about all the NFL coordinator jobs Marty Mornhinweg and Rod Marinelli got after leaving Lions, and the future jobs Dan Campbell will have after the Lions fired him, and how Gregg Williams became coordinator defensive of the Jets right after his stint as an interim manager in Cleveland when Jackson was fired, and Freddy Kitchens who was hired and fired in Cleveland after and immediately landed with the Giants where he is now the coordinator of the interim offensive, and … it’s all probably just an oopsie that Jackson couldn’t immediately start tracing back. It’s good that he’s back in the game.


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