.HARTFORD, Conn. – High school football coaches in Connecticut will have to be good sports this fall — or risk a suspension.
The football committee of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which governs high school sports, is adopting a "score management" policy that will suspend coaches whose teams win by more than 50 points.
A rout is considered an unsportsmanlike infraction and the coach of the offending team will be disqualified from coaching the next game, said Tony Mosa, assistant executive director of the Cheshire-based conference.
"We were concerned with any coach running up the game. There's no need for it," Mosa said Wednesday. "This is something that we really have been discussing for the last couple of years. There were a number of games that were played where the difference of scores were 60 points or more. It's not focused on any one particular person."
Some have dubbed it the "Jack Cochran rule," after the New London High's football coach, who logged four wins of more than 50 points last year. In New London's 60-0 rout of Tourtelotte/Ellis Tech, Cochran enraged the Tourtelotte bench by calling a timeout just before halftime. Tourtelotte's coach was arrested on breach of peace charges after police say he struck a security guard and an assistant New London coach.
Leo Facchini, New London's athletic director, called it unfair to single out his coach.
Facchini said he and Cochran tried to pull in the reins during New London's 90-0 drubbing of Griswold last season by trying to get both sides and the timekeeper to agree to run a continuous clock.
Some states, including Iowa, continuously run the game clock in the second half if a team has a 35-point lead. The Connecticut committee rejected a similar proposal because members thought it would unfairly cut into backups' playing time
This is without question the most ridiculous rule I've ever heard of associated with football. What a bunch of pansy whiners. Why not redo your Divisions if you have a few teams that are so much better than the others.
There's just no way this is a good rule in practice. I've heard several shows talking about this, from Sportscenter to Dan and Keith O to Rome, all the way down to local sports radio. All the scenarios they've come up with for the winning team to do are pretty funny and would actually make the losing team feel wose, like taking a knee the entire second half, allowing the other team to score by not trying to tackle them on kickoffs, etc.
What kind of PC BS is this, anyway? Isn't football supposed to be a manly sport? Since when did they start wearing skirts out there?