Gus Malzahn

Gus Malzahn leads charge against defensive substitute rule proposal


While the NCAA rules committee mulls a proposal to allow defenses 10 seconds to substitute before offenses snap the ball, one of the leading proponents of the up-tempo, no-huddle offense is making no bones about his opposition to it.

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said on Tuesday that “There’s absolutely zero evidence, documented evidence, that is hazardous on the pace of play, only opinions,” referring to the supposed safety concerns behind the rules change.

Malzahn went further and asked the chairman of the rules committee, Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun, to table the proposal for a year “so we can hear both sides and have a healthy debate on moving forward with the rules.”

Calhoun seemed to agree with Malzahn’s arguments during a radio interview this week.

“If there is no medical data that can support it, then there’s no way,” Calhoun told The Tim Brando Show. “There should not be a rule. Now, if you go and there’s truly … a resounding concern by people who should have the right insight and right background from the medical community that, indeed, if you don’t have a substitution pattern in place or be able to provide adequate rest and recovery for somebody, then I think you have an obligation to bring that up.”

So with the chairman of the rules committee casting doubts on the proposal, what now?

As things stand, the proposal will be heard by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel on March 6. But the rules committee could decide to pull the proposal before then.

Malzahn isn’t the only coach speaking up against the proposed rule. Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez labeled the rule “ridiculous,” while Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin called it “an attempt to limit the creativity of the game.”

But for now, Malzhan’s voice is probably the most prominent.

“I would like to think that it wouldn’t (pass),” Malzahn said. “I’m just going to do everything in my power, the right way, to stand up.

Red River Rivalry blacked out for some DISH subscribers in Texas

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Today one of college football’s biggest rivalry games will be shown to DISH customers in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and seven other regions in Texas. The reason? Television contract disputes between Tegna and DISH.

Tegna is the largest independent owner of NBC and CBS affiliates in the country, including NBC affiliates in Denver, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Phoenix. The company is in a continued dispute with DISH related to fee disputes, per Variety.

“Our position has been simple: The same fundamental terms that allowed us to reach deals with distributors nationwide should serve as the basis for our deal with Dish,” a statement from Tegna said. “Rather than accepting that fair, market-based approach, Dish has refused to reach an agreement and once again is preventing its customers from accessing valued channels, even as customers continue to pay for that content.”

Now the dispute carries a concern for some fans wanting to watch Oklahoma and Texas this afternoon.

This should go over well, although there may be some Texas fans who may not want to witness what happens to the Longhorns anyway.

Maryland going back to Perry Hills at QB vs. Buckeyes

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Heading into what could be his final game as head coach of the Maryland Terrapins, Randy Edsall will reportedly go with Perry Hills as his starting quarterback.

Hills, a junior, got the start for the first two games of the season but the leash was short. Edsall made a change to Caleb Rowe following a loss at home to Bowling Green. Hills has completed 52.9 percent of his passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. Rowe has been a disaster at the position, completing just 44.0 percent of his attempts for 428 yards, four touchdowns and an astounding 12 interceptions in five games. Daxx Garman has struggled as well with a completion percentage of just 33.0.

Maryland take son No. 1 Ohio State this afternoon in Columbus.