|Fate of college men's lacrosse hangs in the balance as NCAA meets |
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 12:05:10 PM
The NCAA men's lacrosse rules committee reportedly will be meeting this week to reevaluate their proposed changes, according to Lacrosse Magazine. From there, the approved regulations will move to the Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP), the final arbiter of just how different the game will be next season.
We're all well aware of the intense outcries from players and coaches that have erupted since the committee made its recommendations public in early August. There have been petitions, formal letters from U.S. Lacrosse and numerous assaults from social media and the lax press on the subject. Almost all have been overwhelmingly against NCAA committee changes, so it's not hard to imagine that at least some of the original proposals will be nixed. However, some will inevitably get through and make it into the rulebook - just which of them is what matters.
Some coaches, at least, are preparing for anything.
The magazine gathered thoughts from a number of coaches across the country who are setting up their teams and beginning practices. It seems pretty split as to whether they've already begun implementing the rules or are waiting for the final word.
In favor of holding out, Lehigh coach Kevin Cassesse told the source, "To be honest with the rules, I don't even care right now. None of us want to go crazy and practice all this stuff, and then find that none of it or very little of it was approved."
PROP's vote is scheduled for September 21, right smack in the middle of fall ball, so we have a few weeks before we'll know the new face of college lacrosse. For the complete coverage and commentary from the committee's chair, Jon Hind, check out the article at LacrosseMagazine.com.