Kennedy: Foul, foul and foul more … but with a price

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?”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to Kory Keys and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Killer_Beeze

    Never hurts to “think outside the box”. Anything to improve the game. Same goes with baseball. The NCAA should allow replays on questionable calls.

  • chelsiesdad2010

    i think its stupid . just play smart basketball and don’t foul . some rules suck but others make the college game special and thats one .

  • chelsiesdad2010

    i will say that they should be able to look at calls to prevent fouling out if its not lagit . seen a lot of bad calls turn games around in a bad way .

    • lolaskid

      And may be we should stop the game every 5 seconds to make sure someone didn’t get away with a foul. It is my understanding that the game was not designed for the spectators pleasure but we are only there to enjoy a athletic event. This has become source of revenue and being shaped to make money and I find that a poling.

  • packers/badgers

    OMG – pleaz do not become the NBA jr. College BB is so much better so don’t
    shave the clock or fiddle with the fouls. the game is super as it is now.

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