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NCAA Basketball Rules Committee Approves No-Charge Zone

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In a stunning victory for common sense, the NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee "recommended a restricted area arc three feet from the center of basket where a secondary defender cannot legally take a charge." (If you're curious, the NBA arc is 4 feet from the center of the basket.)

The restricted arc, which must be clearly marked and discernable in the lane, would take effect in the 2011-12 season in all three divisions if it is approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel. That group, which considers all proposals from playing-rules committees, has a conference call on June 9. No rules proposals are final until the oversight panel approves them.

Click through to the story to see a diagram. Finally, this no-brainer of an adjustment is on the horizon, as it's taken a ridiculously long time to reach this point for some stupid reason. Life gets a little easier for officials, which hopefully makes life a little easier for people who just want to watch a basketball game without getting all stabby.

But the crusade does not end here for Kenny Inge, who has vowed to work tirelessly until the official no-charge zone matches the one to which he was subjected in college.

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