Dick Vitale Wants Basketball to Eliminate Fouling Out
Vitale first suggested that the NCAA should change its rule of fouling out after five fouls and match the NBA's rule of six. But then he went a step beyond that, saying that players should be allowed to stay in the game even after their sixth foul, but that a player's seventh foul and beyond should result in the opposing team getting two shots and the ball. That would allow a team to keep its best player on the floor, but would prevent players from being put out there solely to foul all night.
It is a little odd, I guess, that basketball disqualifies players for racking up a certain number of fouls -- you don't see football players kicked out of the game for too many holding penalties. I guess it's possible that the NCAA could change to the six-foul rule, although with 40-minute games compared to 48 in the NBA, I'm not sure that's necessary. But I like the fact that Vitale is thinking outside the box here.