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Eighty Percent Of FBS Coaches Against Rule Change

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Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, the most outspoken person in favor of the proposed rule change to slow college offenses, doesn't have much support from his peers in major conferences. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images.
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, the most outspoken person in favor of the proposed rule change to slow college offenses, doesn't have much support from his peers in major conferences. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images.

According to an ESPN poll, just 25 of 128 FBS coaches (one didn't vote) favor a rule proposal that would slow down college offenses.

The rule, which would force offenses to delay the snap until less than 30 seconds remain on the play clock, is scheduled for a March 6 vote by the 11-member oversight panel of the rules committee.

Based on anecdotal evidence revealed by widespread public consternation from coaches, the biggest shock may be that nearly 20 percent are in favor of the rule, which seemingly will get punted out of the room without the need to even count votes.

Only 11 of those in favor of the rules change came from power conferences, according to ESPN. So Alabama's Nick Saban and Arkansas' Bret Bielema have approximately nine allies in the entirety of the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC.

Saban did get a personal audience with the committee, which is in part what sparked the national outrage from coaches like Arizona's Rich Rodriguez and Washington State's Mike Leach.

The 11 members with a vote includes just one from a major conference (Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott), a rare spread of power.

Florida coach Will Muschamp gave his two cents on the matter to ESPN.com, and his comments seem like an accurate summary of the issue, which has given college football writers a go-to topic for February.

"You're talking four to six plays [in a game that would be affected]. Come on. It's not that big of a deal," Mus

"It's not about player safety. To me, it's funny that everybody wants to argue whatever their point is. It's not really about what's good for the game. It's about, 'What's good for me at the end of the day.'

"All these hurry-up guys want to snap as fast as they can snap it, and the guys who don't hurry up want the game slowed down."