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Changes affect clock management, shorten games

Updated: August 9, 2006, 12:13 PM ET
ESPN.com

Although the NCAA's standardization of instant replay grabbed many offseason headlines, there are other changes to the rule book in 2006 that might have just as large an impact on the game.

1. Eye shields (Rule 1-4-5-s) Change: Eye shields that are not clear are not permitted.

Rationale: This seemingly small rule change was motivated by medical concerns. When checking players for concussions and other brain injuries, trainers were unable to see through the shaded eye shields without ...

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