A proposal that would slow college offenses might be coming to a stop.
ESPN polled 128 of the nation’s FBS coaches, with only 25 saying they favor the rule to put the brakes on the speedy offenses.
“Of the 25 in favor, only 11 are coaches at a ‘Power 5 Conference’ school in either the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC, plus Notre Dame. Of the 128 coaches overall, 73 percent (93 coaches) are opposed to the proposal while only 19.5 percent (25 coaches) are in favor. Seven percent (nine coaches) are undecided.”
The article reported that several coaches, including Georgia’s Mark Richt, South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, Florida’s Will Muschamp, among many others, are against the proposal. Alabama’s Nick Saban and Arkansas’ Bret Bielema are outspoken proponents of it.
Here’s how the rule would work, according to the ESPN.com article:
It would prohibit offenses snapping the ball until at least 10 seconds run off the 40-second play clock, which would allow defenses to sub. The only exception would be in the final 2 minutes of each half or if the play clock began at 25 seconds. If the offense snaps the ball before the play clock is less than 30 seconds, it would be penalized 5 yards for delay.
The rule will come up for a vote by the NCAA’s 11-member playing rules oversight panel on March 6.
Here are the folks on the playing rules oversight committee:
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, WAC commissioner Jeff Hurd, Northeast Conference commissioner Noreen Morris, UAB senior associate athletic director Derita Ratcliffe, Michigan State senior associate AD Shelley Appelbaum, Armstrong Atlantic State AD Lisa Sweany, Arkansas Tech assistant AD Kristy Bayer, Shenandoah University AD Doug Zipp, Smith College AD Lynn Oberbillig and Fitchburg State AD Sue Lauder.
A majority vote is all that’s needed to slow offenses next fall.
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