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Reports: NCAA Football Rules Committee withdraws controversial 10-second proposal

by Jason Kersey Published: March 5, 2014
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The 10-second rule proposal to slow down college football’s up-tempo offenses has been tabled by the NCAA’s College Football Rules Committee, according to multiple reports.

The news was first reported by ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy.

USA Today reported that the 12-member rules committee decided in a Wednesday teleconference to not send the proposal forward to the Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP), which was set to vote on it Thursday.

The proposal would’ve forced offenses to wait 10 seconds before snapping the ball on most downs, except in the final two minutes of each half.

The proposed rule change faced heavy opposition among NCAA Division I head coaches, with an ESPN.com survey finding that 73 percent were against the measure.

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

The two most prominent proponents of the 10-second rule were Alabama coach Nick Saban and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.

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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