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Tommy West Not Interested In Touchbacks

From a report on Conference USA's media day:

Among the rule changes for the upcoming season is the movement of kickoffs from the 35 to the 30-yard line. C-USA coaches believe that will mean an increase in returns and an overall shift in kickoff and game strategy.

"We’re bringing every one of them out," West said. "I don’t care how deep they go, because the coverage can’t get there. There are always holes in kickoff coverage.

"I really think it’s going to have a huge impact to where I see offenses starting at the 35-40 yard line. That’s points right there. We’re going to try to be really creative with sky kicks and squib kicks."

Interesting idea, bringing every kickoff out of the end zone, but will he hold to it once the season starts?