The NCAA basketball rules video did not carry the disclaimer, “This is all because of you, Bob Huggins,” but it probably should have.

“You sit down and start watching it and it looks like its directed at the things we’re doing,” Huggins said.

For the past few seasons, the NCAA rules committee has been tinkering with several rules in an attempt to try to bring more of an offensive rhythm to the college game.

With each rule change or point of emphasis made, the likelihood of tough defensive basketball became more endangered.

No more grabbing. No more putting the forearm into an offensive player’s side or back to try and direct him to a certain point on the floor.

At past Big 12 media days, Curtis Shaw, the Big 12’s Coordinator of Officials, put out a video for the media to try to show some examples of what the NCAA wants to eliminate.

Many times, the examples were of a WVU game in which a WVU defender was harassing an opponent.

And each season Huggins voiced his concerns, then made adjustments and life generally went on.

One of his adjustments was introducing “Press” Virginia, which has led the nation in forced turnovers for three years running, but that is where the NCAA is looking next.

“They don’t want any contact and there is going to be contact. That is the nature of the game,” Huggins said. “They talk about, ‘Slide your feet and stay in front of the guy.’ Well, if I slide my feet and stand in front of you and you come into me — the way I’m looking at it — the foul is going to be on the defense.”

What is basically going on is this is the rules committee’s reaction to a pile of complaints since the turn of the century, when it became more fashionable to start grabbing and playing more physical on defense.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, games between competitive schools generally finished in the high 70s if not into the 80s and 90s.

People began to complain about how there was no defense being played in the game and so grabbing and bumping and hand-checking came into play.

Then games started dipping into the 50s and were becoming a struggle to get into the 60s — Ah, those old Big East days, right? — and so we started complaining about teams not having enough offense.

So we started seeing rules being changed, and now offensive players have about 85 percent of the advantage in any given possession.

Except when facing a full-court press, which often comes fast and furious, it is difficult for an offensive player to get the advantage, because he’s usually being chased by two defenders.

If a player gets trapped, well, then there’s contact all over the place, because defenders are trying to go after the ball for a steal, while the offensive guy is trying to get the heck out of there.

So, Huggins sat and watched the NCAA video and probably just started shaking his head when he saw how referees are going to be instructed to officiate trapping situations this season.

“It’s different in the trap,” Huggins said. “They’re saying you have to give the offense more space.”

If you give the offense more space in a trap, then that’s really not much of a trap.

“That’s the point,” Huggins said. “We’ll figure it out, but it could change a lot of people’s style of play.”

Justin Jackson is a sports writer for The Dominion Post. Email him at