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New College Football Rules Align with What Neal Brown Advocated For



WVU quarterback Garrett Greene talks to head coach Neal Brown before taking the field against UNC in the Duke's Mayo Bowl at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. on Dec. 27, 2023. (Mitchell Northam / WV Sports Now)
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Major changes, most notably in terms of the use of technology, are coming to college football. According to a report by Ross Dellenger of Yahoo Sports, college football will allow the use of helmet technology for communication, tablets on the sidelines and a two-minute warning.

These new rules will surely make WVU head coach Neal Brown happy.

On the heels of a season tainted with controversy surrounding sign stealing, Brown was asked about a connected topic by Andy Staples of that he brought up months ago. And like he did at that time, Brown made his feelings pretty clear.

“If you look at our college sidelines, they look like clown shows right now. Different colored shirts, a bunch of people. We need to clean that up,” said Brown, furthering his point that coaches and players should be able to use technology inside helmets to communicate with each other during games.

WVU HC Neal Brown Advocates for Helmet Communication, Calling Sidelines ‘Clown Shows’

Back in October, Brown did not hold back, saying “it’s asinine” that college football does not allow technology to be used in helmets like in the NFL so coaches and players can communicate.

While not exactly mentioning Michigan or Jim Harbaugh by name, Brown did elaborate. “It makes no sense that we don’t have helmet communication. With all the money we have in college football, it’s one of the more asinine things that we don’t have it. 100 percent we should use it,” he said.

The allegations levied against Michigan sparked a debate about what should be allowed, especially in comparison to what is allowed and has been happening in the NFL. Teams and players across all sports have been trying to steal signs throughout the history of sports, but it’s the way Michigan is accused of going by it that led to the investigation and the possibility of future penalties or sanctions.

Regardless of what’s allowed, Brown and his Mountaineers will try to build off their success into 2024 and beyond.

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