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New rules don’t faze Bucs’ Forbes

Joe Avento • Jun 6, 2019 at 10:10 PM

JOHNSON CITY — There are some rules changes coming to college basketball, and East Tennessee State men’s coach Steve Forbes says they’ll be good for the game.

Three major rule changes are moving back the 3-point line, resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound and allowing coaches to call time out during a live-ball situation in the final two minutes.

The new 3-point line in college will be the same as in the international game: 22 feet, 1¾ inches. The college line had been at 20 feet, 9 inches since 2008.

“I think the new rules will be good for the game, but I’ll be curious to see if extending the 3-point line actually opens up the court,” Forbes said Thursday. “If the line goes back and the percentage goes down, why would you extend your defense? I’m a little concerned that people are going to pack it in more because guys won’t be able to make that shot.”

The new 3-point line was tested during last season’s NIT and the percentage of successful attempts dropped about 2 percent from the regular season.

“As times goes, players will adjust for the distance and they’ll be fine,” Forbes said.

The new 3-point line goes into effect immediately for Division I. Division II and III will have an extra year because of the costs involved in changing the lines on their courts.

Under the previous rules, the shot clock reset to the entire 30 seconds when the offensive team grabbed a rebound. Now they’ll just get 20.

“The offense is already there,” Forbes said. “We’re already set up. It’s a good rule. It’ll quicken the game.”

Forbes seemed especially pleased at the timeout rule.

“There’s times where there’s chaos and you need a timeout,” he said “The crowd’s into it and it’s loud. The last two minutes, I think that’s good.”

Two more new rules will be in effect:

• Officials are instructed to call a technical foul on any player who uses “derogatory language about an opponent’s race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender expression, gender identify, sexual orientation or disability.”

• In the last two minutes of regulation and overtime, instant replay can be used to determine if goaltending has occurred.

All the new rules were approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel.


The Bucs will be on campus next week and go through individual workouts the following week.

As the team prepares for its European trip in August, it will get 10 extra practices it wouldn’t have had otherwise.

“We’re looking forward to having a good summer,” said Forbes, whose team will spend time in Prague, Munich, Vienna and Budapest.


ETSU hasn’t released its schedule for the coming season, but Kansas’ recently released schedule has the Bucs making a trip to historic Allen Fieldhouse on Nov. 19.


ETSU will host 82 squads at its team camp next week, up from 75 last year.

“We’ve got a lot,” Forbes said. “It’s a lot of hard work by (director of basketball operations) Frank Davis. He’s done an unbelievable job.”