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New tackling rule could put college football on slippery slope
New tackling rule could put college football on slippery slope

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney's hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl was the play of the 2012 college football season. Under new rules this season, a similar tackle might get Clowney ejected. And if it does, college football ought to just switch to flag football or powder puff. "The Clowney hit is why they have football," Washington State Coach Mike Leach said at Friday's Pac-12 Conference football media day. "That's why football was invented." Every reasonable person wants to do as much as possible to protect players — but not at the expense of what makes football worth watching. The change in 2013 is an amplification of what is known as...

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