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College football: NCAA committee tables 10-second rule

by Jason Kersey Published: March 5, 2014
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photo - OU coach Bob Stoops, left, and Alabama coach Nick Saban are on opposing sides of a proposed rule change that would slow down fast-paced offenses.  Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
OU coach Bob Stoops, left, and Alabama coach Nick Saban are on opposing sides of a proposed rule change that would slow down fast-paced offenses. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

College football’s up-tempo offenses emerged unscathed Wednesday from a recent attempt to curb them.

The NCAA Football Rules Committee withdrew its proposal to force offenses to wait 10 seconds before snapping the ball, except in the final two minutes of each half and when the play clock begins at 25 seconds.

The 12-member rules committee decided to table the proposal after a teleconference Wednesday, according to a USA Today report. The decision comes one day before the proposed rule change was scheduled to go before the Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP) for final approval.

The proposal faced heavy opposition among most NCAA Division I head coaches. An ESPN.com survey last week found that 73 percent were against the measure.

USA Today reported that the Football Rules Committee received 324 official comments on the proposal through the NCAA’s web site, and that 74 percent of those were against the proposal.

“This was a blowback,” Rogers Redding, the committee’s secretary-rules editor, told USA Today. “Just the number of people that commented told you this was something.”

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy had each publicly expressed their opposition to the proposal.

This is an off-year for NCAA rule changes, meaning the only way a new rule can be introduced in 2014 is if its intent is based on player safety. The two coaches most vocal in their support of the 10-second proposal were Alabama’s Nick Saban and Arkansas’ Bret Bielema, both of whom have cited safety concerns.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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