That could have been called the "Boise State Rule," and would have forbidden Marshall's "peapod" green-on-green duds. I don't recall the Herd's all-greens being tough to pick out of the Edwards Stadium turf, but that's just me.
I must confess I missed the proposed lunacy about the down box and yardage chains. That called for the chains to be operated on the press-box side in the first half and opposite the press box in the second half.
Proper game administration and basic television angles demand that the chains run on the side opposite the press box, period. What silliness.
With all those new Conference USA schools settled into their new homes, it's time for their freshman hazing.
The fine folks at the league office - that's not sarcastic, they are really good people - have put out the schools' "preferred reference," begging grumpy sportswriters to adhere to them.
Of course, I'm older than old-school, and I'm not going to get any better. Until further notice, here's the way it's going to go:
Much like Central Florida's desire to be called "UCF" on first reference, I hit the buzzer and hit it hard.
But when I call up the school's main web site, I have to go to uncc.edu. The school tries to ditch the noble hyphen, like everybody else. Blecch.
I will buy into "Charlotte" on second reference. Getting generous in my advanced youth.
That's even worse than media capitulating on "LSU." What, you people can't spell "Louisiana"? I bet the cast of "Duck Dynasty" can!
Willie's smokin' hot wife, at least. Anyway, "Tech" on second reference is fine.
The Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro uses "MTSU," and so shall I. "Middle," if I'm in a good mood.
Can't blame 'em. I need counseling on this one.
Don't feel bad, newbies. I've done the same thing with Marshall's previous and current rivals. Southern Mississippi. Southern Methodist. The aforementioned Texas-El Paso. And then there's the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
There's the most contentious case of designation, and I have the most sympathy for the folks there. But I'm not going "UAB" on first reference, so I clutter my copy with "Alabama-Birmingham."
With the ground rules set, welcome all to Conference USA.
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