On Wednesday, March 5 the NCAA withdrew their proposal to change a primary rule in college football. The committee was to vote Thursday on the pace-of-play rule that would keep offenses from snapping the ball within the first 10 seconds of the play clock.
The rule will stay “as is” this upcoming season. Alabama’s Nick Saban took much criticism for being considered the master mind behind the proposal. Saban commented on those accusations Thursday.
“Well you know, basically, I’m amazed that people who never talk to me, media, other coaches … that seem to know what I think, when they really don’t know what I think,” said Saban. “I think we’ve played pretty well. If you look at the defensive statistics that we’ve had over the past five years where a lot of people have run ‘hurry up’ against us. They’re a lot better than most others, and we’ve ranked pretty highly. So my question would be, this is not about creating some kind of an advantage because, I’m not trying to be arrogant, but do we need to do that? And that really wasn’t what it was all about. It was about two things, player safety and it was about can the officials really officiate the game and can the game be administered the way it needs to be to be fair.”
Auburn’s Gus Malzhan disagreed with Saban, stating that the rule does not at all help player safety.
“The bottom line: This is not a rule-change year. For a rule to be changed, it has to be under the umbrella of health and safety. And the fact that there’s absolutely zero evidence, documented evidence, that is hazardous on the pace of play, only opinions. What I asked him to do is move this to next year where it is a rule-change year,” said Malzahn.