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Mike Gundy on proposed rule: Like asking basketball to take away shot clock


The NCAA’s Football Rules Committee proposed a rule change that would prevent offenses from snapping the football for the first ten seconds on the play clock. The rule was recommended with player safety in mind, according to the rules committee, but coaches thriving on up-tempo play styles have not been silent with their reactions to the proposed rule. On Thursday it was Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy who took to Twitter to voice his frustrations.

“The no huddle, fast tempo style has changed the game of [college football],” Gundy said on his Twitter profile. “Our sport has exploded in popularity with high scoring games and packed stadiums.”

Gundy sees the proposed rule as a way of completely changing the game, which may be a tad extreme. The basics of the game are not impacted in any way by this proposed timing and substitution rule. The field is the same length, the point values have not changed, and each team gets 11 players aside. But tell that to Gundy.

“The 10-second rule is like asking basketball to take away the shot clock,” Gundy says. “Boring!”

Know what else is boring? Lopsided games with one team racking up 40-50 points more than their counterparts. This is not about player safety so much as it is about keeping the game competitive.

The more accurate comparison would probably be if he rules committee suggested doing away with the play clock, but the point is Gundy is another coach who is not supportive of the proposal. The proposal is fair for criticism. It is nowhere near perfect and it, like many proposed rules, is not without its flaws. If the idea is really to make the game more competitive, then it makes sense to find ways to allow defenses to get back on an even playing field, but it is also unfair to criticize teams that have managed to put together offensive styles that give their team a schematic advantage.

“College [f]ootball is constantly evolving,” Gundy said. “Coaches have to make adjustments based on their team, their talents and their opponents.”

Keep that last line in your memory banks, just in case the rules do change and have a negative impact on Oklahoma State’s offense. After all, as Gundy says, teams have to make adjustments. Those that do will have a higher probability for success.

The good news for all of the coaches ripping the proposal is there is probably a slim chance at best the rule will be approved and become standard for the upcoming football season.

Starting LB C.J. Johnson reveals surgery on social media, Ole Miss confirms

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Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.

With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future.  The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.

Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.  The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.

At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas.  The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.

Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels.  He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.

Butch Jones labels rumor of ‘physical altercation’ with Vols player ‘absolutely ridiculous’

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers yells at Marquez North #8 during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.

The website Gridiron.com, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August.  The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.

From the site’s report:

The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.

The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”

Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”

At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations.  Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.