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Oklahoma State football: Why the addition of a Big 12 game official might as well be the 'OSU Rule'

The Big 12 Conference is adding an official to its game crews for the 2013 season — an “alternative referee” — whose primary responsibility is to quickly spot the ball for play. That'll come in handy for the Cowboys, who plan to pick up their already considerable pace this season.
by John Helsley Modified: July 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm •  Published: July 26, 2013
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The Pokes, however, don't seem satisfied. They're almost like America's old test pilots, forever seeking new speed barriers to break.

During spring scrimmages, there were reports that the average time that elapsed from the time when one play was whistled dead and the next play was snapped averaged fewer than 10 seconds.

Yurcich said the Big 12's added official should aid in OSU's aim to push the pedal to the max.

“I hope so,” he said. “In the spring game, they had the extra guy there and it seemed like it sped things up quite a bit. That will be fun to watch, fun to see.”

With hurry-up offenses now becoming the Big 12's personality, it only seems fitting that the league would adjust to a demand to keep up.

“The majority of the teams are playing up-tempo, and the game changes over time,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. “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.”

And it paves the way for the Cowboys to play fast. Faster. Fastest.

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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