Columbia, SC, United States (4E Sports) – South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier thumbed down the rule proposal that would slow down offenses in college football games, which he called as “Saban Rule”.
“So, you want to talk about the ‘Saban Rule’?” Spurrier said. “That’s what I call it. Looks like it’s dead now, hopefully.”
During the rules committee meeting last week, Alabama coach Nick Saban debated a rule policy that would force offenses to wait 10 seconds to snap the ball.
Saban, along with Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, cited safety as the reason behind the proposal, but he’s also been a longtime opponent of hurry-up offenses.
The Playing Rules Oversight Panel will consider the slow-down proposal March 6.
However, Spurrier, a rival of Saban and Bielema’s in the SEC, has joined Auburn coach Gus Malzahn in advocating against the proposal.
“To me, that’s part of football,” Spurrier said. “The ‘no-huddle’ has always been available. I don’t see why we’d take it away right now.”
Spurrier said he left a voicemail for Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, chairman of the rules committee to express his opposition against the “Saban Rule”.
“It’s ridiculous. Let’s let everybody keep playing the way they’ve been playing,” said Spurrier.
Although Rogers Redding, the NCAA’s coordinator of officiating and secretary-rules editor of the rules committee, says Saban’s role in the proposal has been overstated, Spurrier doesn’t believe that.
“He took it upon himself to go before the rules committee and get it done,” Spurrier said of Saban. “They tried to change the rules. But I don’t think they’re gonna get away with it.”
Georgia coach Mark Richt also doubted no-huddle offenses prevented a safety hazard while Calhoun said he has yet to see a medical study linking the rapid pace of an offense to potential health issues for defensive players.