The NCAA got it right on the change in the taunting/excessive celebration/unsportsmanlike conduct rule.
Yes, you read that right. I was as critical as anybody in the country last year with the horrendous excessive celebration call on Georgia’s A.J. Green against LSU. At the time I wrote that it was one of the worst calls that I had seen in 30 years of covering college football because the call did not have to be made and that the official saw something that simply wasn’t there. The SEC agreed that there should have been no penalty on the play.
I was just as critical two years ago when Washington’s Jake Locker was called for flipping the ball over his head after a score in a game with BYU.
I still believe the rule, which is well-intentioned, is applied inconsistently from conference to conference. The SEC, to its credit, had some internal conversations about the way its guys were calling that penalty last season. I don’t want to abolish the rule. I want officials to call it