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

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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.

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12 Responses to “Mike Gundy on proposed rule: Like asking basketball to take away shot clock”
  1. lolnfl says: Feb 13, 2014 7:26 PM

    it’s a terrible rule..stop trying to defend it.

  2. tubal22 says: Feb 13, 2014 8:08 PM

    Turns out Saban talked to the committee that approved the rule.

    Guess he didn’t like losing to Utah in the 2009 Sugar Bowl because they ran the no huddle against them and his defense couldn’t keep up.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Feb 13, 2014 8:16 PM

    Dragging out the game any longer will kill the game. It’s bad enough that they stop the game for stupid TV commercials. The games are long enough as it is. Up tempo is the way to improve the game in my book. The defense just needs to figure out how to get the offense off the field by stopping them on third down. Forcing a punt. Then rest their overweight slow defense.

  4. lbijake says: Feb 13, 2014 8:20 PM

    Cannot believe they would pass the Saban Rule. Saban wants to change the rules rather than develop a new defense. There is no empirical evidence that the hurry up offense is more conducive to player injuries. It is just a coincidence that two of the teams Saban has lost to the last 2 years have run hurry up offenses.

  5. sportsguy3434 says: Feb 13, 2014 9:20 PM

    Maybe they could make it apply only on first down. That way they could sub then.

    Btw up tempo teams that throw the ball stop the clock and make the games longer. If two teams run the ball then the game gets shorter. It just seems longer because of the pace. So the up tempo teams lengthen the game.

  6. pawloosa says: Feb 13, 2014 9:52 PM

    BTW…Up tempo has nothing to do with throwing the ball….

  7. thirty2ncountin says: Feb 13, 2014 9:57 PM

    It seems like after that ass kicking Alabama took at the hands of Oklahoma the NCAA and ESPN said, “Ok, we can’t have none of this” We need to protect our product.

  8. philswfc08 says: Feb 14, 2014 4:58 AM

    Uhhhh, what about end of half & game? Teams still can’t run hurry up then? This is the stupidest rule I’ve ever heard of.

  9. wadaea says: Feb 14, 2014 9:46 AM

    Poor poor nick..he does not know what to do..first he hires lame kitten then he tries to change the rules..he starting to look like woody hayes….desperate

  10. 10kmp says: Feb 14, 2014 10:03 AM


    Woody Hayes was at the same school for 28 years, won five national titles and 13 B1G titles in that time. Coach Hayes was NOTHING like Saban – a gun for hire and average at best at places where he doesn’t have built in advantages (Miami and MSU). I’m not discrediting Saban. He’s good, of that there is no doubt. He can recruit better than anyone (with the exception of Urban Meyer) and is a great front runner… but he’s not Woody Hayes, and one night at the Gator Bowl when an old, hypoglycemic diabetic lost his cool at the end of his run doesn’t undo all of his greatness. In other words, you don’t know what you’re talking about…

  11. gritzblitz66 says: Feb 14, 2014 3:35 PM

    Normally I wouldn’t like this rule but with all the rule changes recently put into place that help the offense, ie leading with helmet, protected QBs, emphasis on PI. It’s nice to have a rule that helps the defense.

  12. rodriguez456 says: Mar 5, 2014 12:58 PM

    The author should be jailed for criminal stupidity in trying to defend this garbage. Yes the game changes, yes it evolves, this is not evolving it’s going backwards! Competitive balance????? Would teams like OK State and Oregon be IN the national conversation without “evolving” into fast paced teams??? If offense subs, defense can then can sub; Offense CAN’T move before the ball is snapped, defense IS allowed to move. Risk of injury???? Greater risk of injury when old Nick laces up his NFL ready players against Georgia State than a fast tempo opponent.

    Football has a play clock, if they want to shorten it or lengthen it, that is one thing. To have a play clock, but then not be allowed to snap the ball when you on offense are ready to go, is the dumbest thing I have ever heard.

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