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Old Sun Sep 21, 2014, 01:03pm
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Field judge, side judge question

I attended the Iowa/Pitt football game yesterday and noticed at halftime the FJ and SJ changed sidelines. Can anyone clarify why?
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Old Sun Sep 21, 2014, 01:32pm
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Rule / mechanic change.

H and L should have switched sides as well.
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Old Sun Sep 21, 2014, 02:18pm
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Rule / mechanic change.

H and L should have switched sides as well.
They didn't. Do you know the reasoning behind changing sides?
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Old Sun Sep 21, 2014, 02:20pm
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They didn't. Do you know the reasoning behind changing sides?
I would be absolutely shocked if they didn't. Both wings are to switch at halftime -- this is the new mechanic at every level of college football.
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Old Sun Sep 21, 2014, 02:21pm
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Bob is correct... NCAA mechanics changed this year... H & S spend the first half on the pressbox sideline (opposite the chains) and move opposite the pressbox in the 2nd half.

The reasoning is twofold: 1) It gives the officials a chance to spend half the game on each sideline (ie: only getting yelled at for one half by each team). 2) There are a few teams (including one locally) that have the home team sideline opposite the pressbox, which means that under the old system, they never saw the L & F from any crews that worked in their conference.

The NFL has been doing it for years.
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Old Sun Sep 21, 2014, 02:56pm
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I would be absolutely shocked if they didn't. Both wings are to switch at halftime -- this is the new mechanic at every level of college football.
The H and the chains were on the Iowa sideline the entire game.
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Old Sun Sep 21, 2014, 03:14pm
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The H and the chains were on the Iowa sideline the entire game.
The L works the chains in the first half. The chains remain on the side opposite the press box.
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The H and the chains were on the Iowa sideline the entire game.
Is it possible that the L got hurt at some point and the alternate (wearing a shirt with an H on it) had to take his place? I've seen things like that before... a Wisconsin game a few years back, the F got hurt and the alternate (wearing a B) entered the game, so on a FG kick/try there would be two B's under the uprights.
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