What's behind the proposed college football rules change?

staff reports Published: February 13, 2014
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photo - Alabama coach Nick Saban makes a point to an official during the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game against Oklahoma, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Alabama coach Nick Saban makes a point to an official during the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game against Oklahoma, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

George Schroeder of USA Today talked to various college football coaches, who weren't too happy with the proposed rule changes by the NCAA Football Rules Committee.

Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez called it "ridiculous." Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said it's "an attempt to limit the creativity of the game."

Those are just the offensive minds, however.

"Every school in the country is 50-50 on this rule," The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel said. "Because every school has an offensive and defensive coordinator."

As cited in Schroeder's story, a person with knowledge of the meeting said Nick Saban addressed the rules committee on the topic of college football's fast-paced offenses. The proposed rule change (as written about by our Jason Kersey and Gina Mizell) would require offenses to wait 10 seconds before snapping the ball to allow defensive substitutions.

Louisiana-Monroe coach Todd Berry, who is also a member of the rules committee, said the proposed change is about safety.

See this story on www.usatoday.com

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