The Big 12 Conference is adding an official to their game crews for the 2013 season — an “alternative referee” — whose primary responsibility is quickly spotting the ball for play.
Eventually, it could become known as the OSU Rule.
The Cowboys plan to play fast this season; yes, even faster than they have under Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken, with new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich employing an upper-tempo pace in the spring. And they figure to play faster than any other team in the Big 12.
So as far as the Cowboys are concerned, the faster the ball is set, the better.
“The majority of the teams are playing up tempo, and the game changes over time,” said OSU coach Mike Gundy. “They added an official years ago because of more forward passes, I believe. They had to have an official to where they could see down the field more because people start throwing more passes.
“Well, now a number of teams are up tempo. And this allows the officials to get the ball set where an offense can play and a defense can play, and they can still officiate the game.
“What that does, it allows one person to get the ball and get it set and get out of the way, instead of a person trying to do that and also look at what he’s supposed to be looking at to officiate the game.”