Andy Kennedy

Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy proposes rule change that would keep players on the court


With college basketball players getting just five fouls before being disqualified from action, the argument has been made over the years that something needs to be done in order to ensure that the best players on the court are able to finish the game. Does that mean increasing the number of personal fouls a player is allowed to commit? Or is there another possible solution to be explored?

According to Parrish Alford of Inside Ole Miss Sports, Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy has an idea as to what should be done in college basketball.

Kennedy says a fifth foul should not result in a player’s ejection. Instead, let the player stay in the game and foul as much as he wants. But every foul after five would give two free throws – and the ball – to the other team.

“We’re the only sport where the best players can be eliminated from the game,” Kennedy said. “Let’s just make it where it really has some teeth. If you foul, the other team’s going to get two shots and the ball. You talk about really having to think now as a coach! It still allows the best players to be in the game so that the fans can see what they came to see.”

This is an interesting approach, and while a team can keep its player on the court under Kennedy’s rule there would clearly be a risk. Leave the player, quite possibly a star, on the floor in those late-game situations? Feel free to do so, but committing a foul would not only result in giving up free throws but it would also mean there’s no change in possession.

But what are the chances of something like this taking effect in college basketball? There’s probably a better chances of the number of fouls allowed being increased to six, although that didn’t go too smoothly when the Big East tried the six-foul rule in the early 1990s.

PHOTO: Ohio State’s new LeBron James shoe display

during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.
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Ohio State has capitalized on its close relationship with NBA superstar LeBron James over the years and now has a new shoe display that should come in handy during recruiting.

The Buckeyes put out a tweet late this week with the display, calling themselves “THE LeBron school.” While this is something small, recruits like that the Buckeyes are tied into the best player in the world and it’s cool to them that Ohio State gets some exclusive gear.

Rutgers hoping new duo can bring a spark

of the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during their Big Ten conference game at Rutgers Athletic Center on February 8, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey.
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Rutgers has struggled to achieve success on the floor the last few years and head coach Eddie Jordan is hoping that some talented newcomers can help start a turnaround. With the start of practice, local media saw some of the Scarlet Knights’ early practice and Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press noted that the duo of freshman point guard Corey Sanders and junior college forward Deshawn Freeman were getting a lot of burn together.

With both incoming players being four-star prospects, it’s hardly a surprise that Jordan would see what the two were capable of. According to Carino, it meant a lot of Sanders driving and forcing the defense to collapse before finding Freeman.

“It seems like coach always has us on the same team,” Freeman said to Carino. “Ever since we’ve gotten here, he’s trying to get us to play together.”

Carino also notes that since Rutgers is deeper, longer and more athletic in general this season, the team could do more with a pressing defense to help create turnovers.

While Rutgers still faces an uphill climb in the Big Ten, they at least have some exciting pieces that will be in place for a few seasons.