NCAA sets two-minute guideline on football replays

The NCAA has approved a guideline for video replays in the 2020 football season, instructing that such reviews should take less than two minutes.

The two-minute guideline was one of several changes approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Monday. The time limit will apply to all reviews other than those that are “exceptionally complicated or involve end-of-game issues,” according to an NCAA press release. In those situations, reviews “should be completed as efficiently as possible without a stated time limit.”

The hope is that a two-minute guideline for video reviews will increase the pace of play. Along with that change, the panel also approved a rule that says if the half expires and a replay determines there was time remaining on the clock when the ball should have been marked dead, there must be at least three seconds remaining to restore time.

Various other rules were tweaked, including a provision that will allow players ejected for targeting to remain on the sideline rather than heading to the locker room. All other aspects of the rule, which was instituted in 2013, will remain the same.

That means the “progressive penalty” for targeting remains intact, meaning if a player commits three targeting fouls in the same season they are subject to a one-game suspension.

The rules panel also approved an item to crack down on teammates wearing duplicate numbers. Only two players on the same team can wear the same number and, as has been the case, they have to play different positions and cannot appear on the field at the same time. Football players will be able to wear No. 0 now, as well.

Lastly, NCAA rules will now mandate that officials be on the field 90 minutes before kickoff, rather than 60 minutes prior, because of concerns about “negative interactions” between teams before officials are required to be on the field. A coach will also be required to be on the field when players are present.


  1. With the talk about speeding up the game of football, I am amazed they haven’t seen that by using the rule about the clock for running needs to used for passes whether completed or not. Still allow QBs to stop the clock by throwing the ball at their feet. By running the clock with passes no matter if it is completed or not will shorten the games. With the way teams use the passes now as their running game, it makes sense to change the way clock is used on passes.

  2. Jersey no. 0 should be reserved for the player who makes the stupidest penalty in the previous game.

    1. I don’t think so Davis,
      The #0 was worn by one of the greatest players to play the game, Jim Otto. Only difference was he wore it as the double zero, as in 00. Got to be of a certain age to remember him in his prime.

  3. Some Good Breaking News: Trump supporters in ‘MAGA’ hats assembling at various ‘open up the country’ protests have changed up their chants a bit for the pandemic….Now they’re going with, “FLUS WILL NOT REPLACE US!”

    In other news, Edward Scissorhands Salons is now open for haircuts that can still maintain the minimum 6 ft. of social distancing.

    Some nail salons in Georgia do remain closed….

  4. T.V. money is the reason the games take so long, so I’m not optimistic that anything is going to change to any significant degree any time soon. This is just trimming around the edges because the TV folks know that viewers don’t like to see incompetent refs taking ten minutes to decide what happened.

  5. PO, I agree TV has helped make games last so long but as a HS coach [I had changed to calling many passes in the game] I saw games go from 2 hours to over 3 hours with no TV issues. The change in games by offenses has done much more than people realize.

    I don’t expect my idea about runs and passes being clocked the same to be happening any time soon.

  6. A bit off-topic (but sort of not since ‘TV revenues’ is being discussed)….I’m pretty sure Michael Jordan is solely saving the NBA and, particularly, ESPN again.

    Could not have been better timing to release ‘The Last Dance.’ My kid has been engrossed with all sorts of Netflix and HBO series (including, yes, ‘Tiger Kings’), but she was blown away by the ‘Last Dance.’ She’s always been a basketball fan…but is just too young to truly absorb anything surrounding the peak years of Jordan. It’s funny….I didn’t even tell her about the series. She was completely riveted …as I think many across the country have become.
    It’s a ratings bonanza for ESPN when they needed it like no other time in their history. Have heard many comments by seasoned sports radio guys who are also expressing just how captivated they are by Jordan giving his accounts of the dynasty years. Many of the radio personalities exclaim their favorite segments in the documentary are just watching MJ sitting in his chair in his empty living room with the signature pose and cigar. He brings the audience into his world with a indescribable magnetism/charisma they can’t get enough of….

    This may be bigger than a double 3-peat ….though I doubt many people will ever remember it in such a way. His impact will fade as all things do with the marching on of time. But in my humble opinion, only a true icon (as close to a god we’ll ever see on the basketball court) could have pulled sports out of this slide. Covid-19 could have been ‘the last dance’ for ESPN had it not been for MJ.
    I loved the quote from Larry Bird (during Jordan’s early years…coming off the foot injury with the Bulls as an 8 seed going against the top-seeded Celtics in the playoffs). I think the quote was in Part 2…after Jordan scored over 50 in the opening game…and then came back to score over 60 the next night.
    Bird: “That wasn’t Michael Jordan on the basketball court. That was a god playing as Michael Jordan.”

  7. Instead of the clock being stopped until the next snap when a pass is incomplete or a player runs out of bounds, I’d like to see a ten second delay, then the clock starts again. I’d also like to eliminate the delay between the kick-off (most of which go through the end zone) and the first play from scrimmage. The offense would have the allotted time to snap the ball after the ref places it on the line of scrimmage.

    TV time outs should be included in both team’s maximum number of time outs, not added to the total number of timeouts taken. So if a team gets X number of time outs per half, and there are two TV time outs, each team only get’s X – 2 time outs that half.

    We’re probably never going to see FB games get back to two hours, but we should be able to keep them to about three hours.

  8. Isn’t it sort of a moot point? I think I’ve heard most of you say we can’t keep Hoosier fans in the stands for 1/2 a game (that’s already less than 2 hours)….even when it’s still up for grabs.

    Heck, according to you guys, Hoosier fans are looking at their watches after one quarter. Don’t know what they do when watching games at home, but when they come to Memorial, one hour games are too long.

    I agree the games should be shorter…But the real problem is the many Hoosier fans who suffer from premature evacuation.

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