Our own Dave Ruden is reporting today that the CIAC football committee will retain the 50-point policy for the upcoming season.
On Twitter, Ruden said the controversial policy — which prohibits football teams from winning by more than 50 points, and subjects offending coaches to a possible one-game suspension (following a hearing) — was set to be abolished until New Canaan’s Lou Marinelli apparently swayed the vote.
Some CIAC powers have gone on the record saying that the policy has “worked.” Scoring margins have declined significantly since the policy was implemented in 2006. Only a handful of coaches have broken the barrier, but only one has actually been suspended.
But the policy has also resorted coaches to using exotic and innovative strategies to keep their teams below the magic mark. Among them: Punting before 4th down… taking knees… intentional grounding… intentional falling… intentional safeties… allowing opponents to score… (insert your favorite here).
Before we get to that, we’re (again) going to put this to a simple vote to everyone here.
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