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FOOTBALL: PROGRESS IN OHIO
One player is permitted to go to the sidelines and talk things over with the coach during a called time out on the field.
This basketball-like piece of business is at first startling to the informed spectator, but it apparently is working out well. The coaches seem to like the stunt, for the boys are running pell-mell to them at the first toot of a whistle. And they are coming back with news of import for their teammates. Defenses suddenly shift and changes in offense are noted immediately.
Another variation of the NCAA version of rules finds the Ohio Conference also permitting each player two appearances in each period—still not platooning, but coming quite a step closer.
This latter adaptation means that the umpire (with his red arm band) and the field judge (with his green arm band) must take down the number of each player starting each period.
At the Akron-at-Wittenberg game, when the umpire lined the 11 players up and had them call out their numbers to him, Referee Don Elsass was heard to mutter to himself, "Bingo."
FOOTBALL: THINK OF THE TENSION
Once upon a time the quarterback had the option of throwing a pass, trying a spectacular end run, or innumerable other devices to score that single point. If one of today's quarterbacks called a shovel pass plus a double lateral end run, instead of a safe but unthrilling placement, the coach would feed him pigskin instead of steak after the game. It just isn't feasible to risk a point, even if the fans do get some excitement.