I wrote about this a little on Twitter yesterday, but Andy Kennedy has a really intriguing idea that he believes would improve college basketball.
The general idea is to keep the best players in the game – even after a fifth foul.
Kennedy says a fifth foul should not result in a player’s ejection. Instead, let the player stay in the game and foul as much as he wants. But every foul after five would give two free throws – and the ball – to the other team.
“We’re the only sport where the best players can be eliminated from the game,” Kennedy said. “Let’s just make it where it really has some teeth. If you foul, the other team’s going to get two shots and the ball. You talk about really having to think now as a coach! It still allows the best players to be in the game so that the fans can see what they came to see.”
Kennedy’s idea came amid a discussion of rules changes, some being considered, some he’d like to see considered.
The ACC, for instance, will experiment with a 30-second shot clock. That will be in effect only for exhibition games. College basketball currently has a 35-second clock. The NBA uses a 24-second clock.
Kennedy finished his unlimited fouls discussion with, “I like it. Anybody else suggest that?”