The Big East Conference may install an experimental basketball rule called the "no foul-out concept" for the 1990-91 season, according to a poll conducted by Newsday. The rule allows a player to stay in the game beyond his fifth foul, but it awards three free throws to make two to the player fouled.
"It would be no surprise that the Big East would vote it in since they are very television-conscious," said Ed Steitz, chairman of the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. rules committee. "With a rule like this, the best players are kept in the game."
The Big East will hold the first formal talks about the rule next week during the Big East meetings in Jacksonville, Fla. Big East Commissioner Dave Gavitt will then poll the coaches individually and the result is expected to become official by mid-June.
Only Pittsburgh, St. John's and Villanova voted against the experimental rule. "I like the rule from one point of view, that it keeps the best players in the game, but I don't like it because it makes the game become more of a free-throw contest," St. John's Coach Lou Carnesecca said.