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Oklahoma football: Jay Norvell is no fan of the 10-second rule

OU co-offensive coordinator doesn’t want to go back to ‘the caveman days.’
by Jason Kersey Published: March 11, 2014

photo - Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Not surprisingly, Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell is no fan of the recently defeated proposal to slow down college football’s up-tempo offenses.

The proposal, which would’ve required offenses to run 10 seconds off the play clock before snapping the ball in most cases, was withdrawn by the NCAA’s Football Rules Committee last week before it was set to be voted on by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel.

The two biggest proponents of the 10-second proposal were Alabama coach Nick Saban and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.

Over the past three seasons, all three of Saban’s losses have come against teams that run up-tempo offenses (Texas A&M in 2012; Auburn and Oklahoma in 2013).

“There’s two different kinds of coaches: There’s coaches that adjust and find a way, and coaches that are stubborn,” Norvell said.

“The up-tempo offenses, you know, our defenses have adjusted in our league. I just don’t think they have in the SEC. I don’t think they’ve adjusted the way our teams have had to in our conference.

“I don’t see it going back. I really don’t. It’s like going back to the caveman days. I don’t know why we’d want to do that. I know fans wouldn’t want to do it.”


Last Thursday, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops listed four veteran players who wouldn’t be participating in spring practices because of injuries — Jordan Phillips, Adam Shead, Tyrus Thompson and Julian Wilson.

Apparently Nila Kasitati is now on that list.

Kasitati missed practice Tuesday, but Stoops said the issue is minor and that he’ll be back to practice after the team returns from spring break.

It is unclear what is ailing Kasitati, but as a redshirt freshman in 2012, he had to have surgery on a heart issue before the season and then missed the final nine games of the year with an ACL tear.

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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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