Traditional Green Bay celebration would result in 15-yard penalty, per NCAA rules
By JAMES MORAN
Tiger Rag Associate Editor
Cornerback Tre’Davious White told reporters Monday that it’s been a lifelong dream of his to do a Lambeau Leap, and if given the opportunity, he’d do one Saturday, consequences be damned.
Safety Jamal Adams said he planned on launching himself into the stands in he got his own chance to take one into the end zone, though he conceded he’d probably ask his coach about it before hand.
Well, asked about said declaration on the SEC Coaches Teleconference Wednesday, Les Miles went ahead and raised the stakes on such a decision.
“If anyone jumps for the Lambeau Leap,” Miles began, “they’ll end up with their thumb out to see if they can get a ride home.”
That’s roughly a 16 1/2 hour drive back to Baton Rouge, according to Google Maps, and there’s no exact way to estimate how long it’d take to hitchhike the 1,119 miles between Lambeau Field and Tiger Stadium.
Leaping into the crowd after a score is one of the oldest traditions at a stadium that oozes history from every nook and cranny. It’s as much a part of the Green Bay Packers of Lambeau Field as those cheese heads you’ve undoubtedly seen.
However, in college football, such a celebration results in a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. NCAA bylaws specifically prohibit “going into the stands to interact with spectators, or bowing at the waist after a good play.”
The NFL takes a lot of grief about being the “No Fun League” when it comes to celebrations. Turns out college football isn’t too far behind.