CFL shakin' things up

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:45 AM ET

The new overtime rule in the Canadian Football League will drive head coaches to think.

That's the opinion of Argonauts field boss Jim Barker, who figures that the rule, which will require that teams go for a two-point convert after a touchdown in extra time rather than kicking a single point, will make for more nail-biting moments.

"Usually, you would go into a game with one two-point play, and I think every team will have two now," Barker said on Wednesday. "So you will need to have an extra play at your beck and call if you need it.

"I like it. It just adds to the excitement of overtime. No one really wants games to end in ties."

The change was suggested by fans after CFL commissioner Mark Cohon put out the word for ideas.

The CFL's board of governors approved three other rule changes put forth by the rules committee. A team that gives up a field goal in regulation time will have the option of scrimmaging from its 35-yard line instead of receiving a kickoff.

PASS INTERFERENCE

Also, there will be no penalty for pass interference if a pass is deemed uncatchable.

And when the football is punted, hits the ground and hits a player from the covering team, the penalty now will be five yards, not 15 yards.

"The governors have agreed with our committee, and our fans, that the two-point convert will make an exciting approach to overtime even more exciting, with a pass or run with the game potentially on the line replacing a kick that has become relatively routine," CFL director of officiating Tom Higgins said in a statement.

Barker, meanwhile, said he is comfortable going to camp in June with quarterbacks Gibran Hamdan, Cleo Lemon, Dalton Bell and Danny Brannagan, so another might not necessarily be signed.

And the Saskatchewan Roughriders signed non-import wide receiver Rob Bagg to a two-year contract extension plus an option. Bagg, heading into his third season, had five touchdowns and 807 yards receiving in 18 games last year.


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