|Martin: Better leave your hat on with new rules for SEC football|
So I hope LSU managers ﬁt Tyrann Mathieu (and whatever nickname he is using this week) with a snug helmet. Because I guarantee you, if Mathieu's helmet comes oﬀ, he is not stopping.
Steve Shaw, the coordinator of SEC Oﬃcials, talked about a new rule at SEC Media Days in Hoover last week in which if a player's helmet comes oﬀ, he can not continue to participate in the play. If a player continues participating in the play beyond their continuing action, that's a 15‑yard foul.
I just cannot see Mathieu stopping just because his helmet came oﬀ. And my guess is there are probably a few other select players. I'm not saying it's a bad rule, as a matter of fact, it's a great rule. But you are asking a few guys who will sacriﬁce anything to make a tackle to change their whole way of thinking.
If a player's helmet comes oﬀ and it is not the result of a foul, not a penalty involved in that, then they have to leave the game for one play. There are no exceptions. And you can't buy a player back in with a time out.
Shaw said playing time is the most precious commodity to players, so we think that will give them incentive to get these buckled up and ﬁtted properly.
"So the incentive there is for player safety, if your helmet comes oﬀ, we're done," Shaw said. "We've seen the play, the lineman is rushing, his helmet comes oﬀ, the quarterback scrambles out, he goes chasing, now that's a foul. If your helmet comes oﬀ, another incentive to ﬁt it properly, you're done for that play."
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