NCAA Slow-Down Rule Proposal Dead For Now
By Eric Russell
The NCAA Rules Committee withdrew its proposal for a rule to slow down hurry-up offenses. After weeks of controversy, ridiculous claims and down right despicable attempts to support a need for the rule, the Playing Rules Oversight Panel won't even get to vote on the rule, which it was scheduled to do on Thursday.
The NCAA coordinator of officials Rogers Redding said the proposal was tabled to allow time get more medical information and discuss the impact of the change, according to the Associated Press.
Kevin Sumlin told USA Today that it was a "victory for common sense," and Rich Rodriguez, who used a unique approach to debate the topic, said he was appreciated the committee realizing it was a mistake. The two echoed the sentiments of about 73 percent of FBS coaches according to a recent survey done by ESPN. In addition, the rules committee said they received 324 official comments about the rule with an overwhelming majority opposed to the rule.
However, the proposal being tabled isn't as much of a victory for the opponents of the rule as it may seem.
As flawed as the rule may be to many, the interesting part about the proposal overall is that rules committee chairman and Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun pointed to the lack of evidence would make the rule difficult to pass. However, it still nearly made it to the doorstep of the Playing Rules Oversight Panel before being pulled back.
The rule is not dead. The fact is, if it was really already in the works before Saban provided his two cents, as the committee suggests it was, we may be back in the same position next year or further down the road. (Some years, like 2014, require any rules changes to be tied to player safety, while there will be no such stipulation in 2015.) That's right, we could continue to debate this rule and Saban's potential inability to stop no-huddle offenses. Until then, college football fans can continue to enjoy the likes of Arizona, Clemson and other fast-paced offenses.
What better way to try and get something passed than to throw it out there and see how the media, coaches and fans plan to attack it, then go to the drawing board and address all those concerns in a future proposal?