March 24, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Iowa State coach TJ Utzelberger watches his team warm up before practice at United Center. Mandatory credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee noted enough warning about the flop.
That fact was made clear Thursday when it was announced that the group would propose removing the flop warning, rather than issuing a Class B technical foul for the flop call, to the NCAA’s Rules of Play Oversight Committee next month, beginning in the 2022-23 college basketball season.
If a player is called for a flop, the opposing team gets one free throw.
The NCAA rulebook defines flop as: “Falsification when a foul (flip) occurs in block/charge play, or when attempted shooting attempts are made on the ground or other tactics such as ‘heading’, which may incorrectly result in a flop responsible to believe that a mistake has been made.”
The sport’s decision makers have always tried to clean up the “fluctuations” with little or no positive results. Warnings are rarely called flop, which is a call to judgment with plenty of wiggle room in the way the rule is written, causing a discrepancy in how the rule is applied.
Now, instead of receiving a warning about any foul considered on a particular night, the opposing team will receive free throws.
“We didn’t feel we were getting the results we wanted with the warnings,” Bob Huggins, committee chair and head coach at West Virginia, said in a statement from the NCAA. “Our goal is to keep trying to get out of the game. The committee believes that giving officials the ability to call a Class B technical foul the first time they see a player fake a foul will act as a deterrent.”
Whether or not it will actually be a deterrent will only be seen once it is applied in games by college basketball officials. This writer doubts that it will get the desired result, given the struggles of implementing the original rule.
Additional media timeout
The group will also suggest giving conferences the option to try additional media timeouts at each half of college basketball games.
Instead of the current standard intervals at intervals of less than 16 minutes, 12 minutes, eight minutes, and four minutes, it will be divided into 17 minutes, 14 minutes, 11 minutes, 8 minutes, and five minute stretches.
The stated rationale for the group “is to aid in the flow of the game so that commercial breaks are not taken when teams use their assigned time-outs.”
Again, I’m not sure the rules committee will get the desired result, especially when you consider the widespread acclaim for the quarters system used by college women’s basketball.
I say with the greatest dose of sarcasm imaginable – everyone who watches college basketball knows the one thing we can all agree on is that there aren’t enough breaks in the action.