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Tommy Bowden wants to eliminate the PAT

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While some college football coaches continue to vent about the “Saban Rule” that has been proposed recently, former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden has a more radical change in mind.

Bowden wants college football to eliminate the PAT in favor of a higher-risk after-touchdown opportunity.

As explained on his website,

There would be no more kicking on an extra point and the team would have an option to run a play for 1 point. A touchdown would now be worth 7 points. If you elect to go for an extra point and fail, then you lose 1 point and you now have 6 points. If you successfully make the extra point attempt, you get 1 point and now have 8 points. You can also chose not to attempt an extra point and your total would remain at 7.

While the proposal is radical, Bowden’s rationale is simple. The PAT is basically a fait accompli that is no longer needed:

In the NFL there were 5 missed attempts in 1,200 kicks. Four of those 5 were blocked. The 17 top scorers in the NFL are kickers. That just doesn’t seem American. If you remove the extra point the leading scorer would have been Jamal Charles, of the Kansas City Chiefs. College kickers are just about as accurate. You need to remember, years ago when players would kick extra points they were not specialist. It was probably a running back who just carried the ball 8 times on a 12 play drive and lines up to kick with blood running down in his eyes and a sore knee and a banged up shoulder. It surely wasn’t an automatic successful kick like it is today by a specialist who’s only job is to kick.

Bowden’s idea would certainly bring some suspense to the game and make it more entertaining. But will it ever get a chance to go before the Rules Committee? Probably not anytime soon.

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10 Responses to “Tommy Bowden wants to eliminate the PAT”
  1. davidpsu says: Feb 23, 2014 3:28 PM

    I like the idea!

  2. sfsugator says: Feb 23, 2014 4:01 PM

    They need to back up the pat to at least 30 yards minimum

  3. thefiesty1 says: Feb 23, 2014 6:19 PM

    …..and make field goals inside of 35 yards only worth one point. Nothing more disappointing than watching your team march right down the field and bog down in the red zone and settle for a field goal. This is football, NOT soccer.

  4. meatcarroll says: Feb 23, 2014 8:02 PM

    The solution is to make the player that scored the TD attempt the PAT.

  5. kdbroom says: Feb 23, 2014 9:22 PM

    Maybe Tommy Bowden should just claim that PATs lead to more injuries. That should get a couple of coaches in particular to support him.

  6. goodfieldnohit says: Feb 23, 2014 9:50 PM

    Can we just quick jacking with the essential rules of the game?

  7. manik56 says: Feb 24, 2014 12:50 AM

    If it aint broke, dont fix it.

  8. normtide says: Feb 24, 2014 1:51 AM

    Or, you can just play football…

  9. chunkala says: Feb 24, 2014 10:56 AM

    And the PAT (amongst others) wants to eliminate Tommy Bowden.

  10. lakesidegator says: Feb 24, 2014 1:05 PM

    Tommy hasn’t been in the news/relevant for a long time. This: his feeble attempt to change that. You Bowdens are something else.

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