NCAA College Football Fun Police Getting WAY Out of Control

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As we are currently deep in the heart of BCS bowl season, we’re witnessing a new college football protocol even more nonsensical than the BCS; the arbitrary and capricious enforcement of their “no fun league” rules.

Let’s start with the flagging of K-State wide receiver Adrian Hilburn in the Pinstripe Bowl. He was penalized for merely saluting the crowd. What if he had done this in the Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl, or the Northrup Grumman Military Bowl? Are you allowed to salute in one of the military-industrial complex bowls? This is the first bowl season featuring all three service academies. Would a referee dare penalize a player on Air Force, Navy or Army for a hallowed gesture of reverence and respect?

I hope not. But then again the NCAA is being extremely arbitrary and capricious here. In the same exact game, Tennessee QB Tyler Bray did the Brian Wilson-in-the-World Series style “throat slash” gesture to celebrate a touchdown. He was not flagged.

By Paul M. Banks

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