As I was reading an article in the Indy Star, the idea of putting in a Mercy Rule in Indiana football is being discussed. What do you think?The IHSAA would favor it, but most coaches do not. They do not like a “give up” attitude. This was brought about by the number of early season high school games that resulted in margins over 40 points. You may remember last year New Palestine averaged over 60 points a game during the regular season. Most of their games were over after the first quarter.Twenty states have adopted a Mercy Rule that when a team is ahead by 40 points at half time, you use a running clock for the second half. A similar number of states have a stoppage rule, but the number of points at which the game is terminated is not consistent among those states. I have seen mutual agreement rules between coaches that they start a running clock when the game is obviously out of hand.People my age remember the Batesville/North Decatur game about 40 years ago, and I think Batesville scored 114 points in the game. A running clock would not have helped in that game, because almost every Batesville touchdown in the second half was a one-play touchdown. In this game, it would have taken a stoppage rule.I think the running clock is one option that I could support, but I do not want a system which does not allow younger players their chance to play in a varsity game. Some schools put in the younger players but they do not allow them to do anything but run straight ahead into the line so they won’t score any more. This does not help the younger athletes learn the speed of a varsity game. This is worse than a Mercy Rule.
Press Association It is understood the Russian club’s bid amounted to fractionally more than the fee Newcastle paid Dutch outfit FC Twente for the midfield enforcer’s services in 2010. Tiote arrived in England as a virtual unknown during Chris Hughton’s reign as manager, but was linked with a series of Barclays Premier League rivals after forming a hugely productive midfield partnership with Yohan Cabaye as Pardew’s side finished fifth in 2011-12. His form has been less consistent during the intervening campaigns, although, at his best, Tiote is a driving force at the heart of the team. The Ivorian, who started all three of his country’s group games at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, missed Sunday’s 2-0 defeat by champions Manchester City in the season opener with a hamstring problem. However, rumours of his impending departure have been rife in recent months and there is little doubt that he has been unsettled by speculation linking him with, at different times, cash-rich Russian clubs and, at home, Arsenal. Pardew has no desire to see one of his key men leave St James’ Park, despite an extensive summer recruitment drive, and is hoping the return of he and new arrival Siem de Jong from injury will strengthen his hand for Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa. While the manager does not have the final say over transfers, there is little prospect of owner Mike Ashley sanctioning a sale for anything less than a substantial profit, as he has done with both Cabaye and compatriot Mathieu Debuchy this year. Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote will not be sold at a knock-down price this summer. Reports from Russia have suggested Lokomotiv Moscow have opened talks with the Magpies in an effort to prise the 28-year-old Ivory Coast international out of manager Alan Pardew’s grasp. However, Press Association Sport understands Lokomotiv tabled an offer for Tiote several weeks ago which was dismissed as “derisory” and have not returned since.