With an eye towards player safety, college football may soon be taking a big step in changing the way the game is played.
According to Dennis Dodd of Cbssports.com, discussions by the American Football Coaches Association and the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee have started talks about potentially eliminating the kickoff from college football.
Per Dodd the talks have been informal so far.
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had some strong words about the kickoff. Bowlsby is also the chairman of the oversight committee.
“I don’t think there is any doubt it is the most dangerous play in the game,” Bowlsby said. “How much that’s the case and how we can fix it is unknown.”
Any efforts made to change the kickoff would not go into effect until the 2017-18 season. In 2012, the NCAA moved up the kickoff to the 35-yard line. Per Roger Redding, secretary rules-editor of the NCAA Rules Committee, touchbacks increased by 50 percent. According to Dobbs, no talks about eliminating the kickoff have happened with the rules committee.
In May, Pop Warner youth football became the first football organization to eliminate the kickoff.