Nick Saban thinks all of those ultra high-speed wi-fi offenses are a drag.
But is he now comparing speedy snaps to smoking cigarettes? Yeah. Maybe?
Here’s what Saban said in an interview with ESPN.com:
“The fastball guys say there’s no data out there, and I guess you have to use some logic. What’s the logic? If you smoke one cigarette, do you have the same chances of getting cancer if you smoke 20? I guess there’s no study that specifically says that. But logically, we would say, ‘Yeah, there probably is.’ “
Some have said that Saban — although he’s denied it — is behind a proposed 10-second rule that would penalize teams for snapping the ball in the first 10 seconds of the 40-second clock. The NCAA’s Playing Rules Oversight Panel will meet Thursday to discuss the rule, which is not a fan of coaches such as Auburn’s Gus Malzahn and Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez, among many others.
An ESPN.com survey found that only 25 of the the 128 FBS coaches in the nation favor the 10-second rule.
Here’s what Auburn AD Jay Jacobs told AL.com earlier this week:
“It’s a joke, is what it is. Everything’s going faster in sports. You get penalized if you don’t play fast enough in golf. Now you’ve got pitch counts in baseball to throw a pitch. And to think we’re slowing something down without any data is just ridiculous to me. The thing about it is, kids today, they love playing in this hurry-up type offense because it’s fun. So if you like to have fun, you need to go to a place like Auburn.”
More from Saban:
“Our game’s getting to where it’s not about blocking and tackling. It’s about how fast can we go so they can’t get lined up. Is that what we want the game to be? But let’s not forget the issue here. The issue I’m arguing for is the increased number of exposures, the player safety issue. I don’t see how logically it can’t be, but we should at least do a study to find out. I guess the question is: How do we manage it in the meantime? Do we let them keep going, or do we slow them down?”
Rodriguez and the folks at Arizona shared their thoughts via a “Speed” parody on YouTube:
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