Arkansas coach Bret Bielema cites player death to support pace-of-play rule change

www.californiagoldenblogs.com Published: February 21, 2014
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photo - July 26, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Brett Bielema speaks during the Big Ten media day at the McCormick Place Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-US PRESSWIRE
July 26, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Brett Bielema speaks during the Big Ten media day at the McCormick Place Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-US PRESSWIRE

Two coaches have been the faces of slowing down college football play. They're both in the SEC.

One of those coaches may have taken his reasoning too far on Thursday.



Arkansas coach Brett Bielema cited a recent player death at the University of California as one reason for the NCAA to institute its proposed slowdown.

From the AP story: Bielema, speaking to the media before a meeting of the White County Razorback Club, said he expects the proposal to prohibit snapping the ball until at least 10 seconds run off the 40-second play clock to pass when the NCAA playing rules oversight panel votes on March 6.

The former Wisconsin coach pointed to the recent death of California football player Ted Agu during a training run, saying the inability to substitute an injured player between plays could lead to injury or death.

"If one of those players is on the field for me, and I have no timeouts, I have no way to stop the game," Bielema said. "And he raises his hand to stop the game, and I can't do it. What am I supposed to do?"

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