General Articles,Game Officials,Coaches

‘Monkey Crawl’ is an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty

By Joe Frollo Thu, 10/31/2013 - 2:53pm

A team lines up for an extra point.

Suddenly, the holder turns and begins hopping toward the sideline, screeching and scratching like a monkey gone wild.

The kicker takes the snap and completes a pass that results in a 2-point conversion.

Innovative play or illegal deception?

What’s the call?

For many of the commenters on the YouTube video, it’s a clever play that should be rewarded.

General Articles,Game Officials

College football crew includes majority women

By Joe Frollo Fri, 10/25/2013 - 2:25pm

An NCAA football first took place this week and very few people noticed.

That’s the byproduct of a perfect night for anyone who has ever worn a black-and-white striped shirt.

Four of the seven-person officiating crew at the NCAA Division II game between Miles College and Lane College were women when the two teams kicked off Thursday in Birmingham, Ala.

The Southern Intercollege Athletic Conference contest is believed to be the first majority-female officiating crew for an NCAA game.

General Articles,Game Officials,NFL,USA Football,rule changes

Breaking down new rules for NFL season

By Joe Frollo Tue, 08/13/2013 - 6:36am

The NFL has released a video helping fans and media understand the new rules and points of emphasis for the 2013 season.

Among the changes: