NCAA bans ‘crop-top’ jerseys like Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott’s

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Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in January. (Image courtesy Sports Illustrated)

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in January. (Image courtesy Sports Illustrated)

COLUMBUS, Ohio- Say goodbye to Ezekiel Elliott’s crop tops.

The NCAA approved a new rule on Friday that makes the way Elliott wears his jersey an illegal equipment issue for the 2015 season. The Ohio State running back, who rushed for four touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ national championship win, is known for rolling up his jersey.

“Officials will treat illegal equipment issues – such as jerseys tucked under the shoulder pads or exposed back pads – by making the player leave the field for at least one play. The equipment must be corrected for the player to return to the game. The player may remain in the game if his team takes a timeout to correct the equipment issue,” the rule states. It does not specifically mention Elliott.

While many assumed Elliot’s ab-exposing style is a tribute to former Heisman Trophy winner and Ohio State Buckeye Eddie George, the sophomore has said it makes it harder for other players to grab him.

Elliott was rocking his rolled-up jersey when he joined the OSU dance team over the weekend.