How will college football’s new kickoff rule impact USC?

LOS ANGELES — John Baxter didn’t waiver.

“I don’t think anything changes in college football,” Baxter said.

Like other coaches across the country USC’s special teams coordinator enters this season dealing with a new kickoff rule. It allows for returners to signal for a fair catch anywhere inside their 25-yard line, resulting in a touchback and allowing the team to take possession at the 25.

The Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved the rule in April after NCAA officials sought...


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