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Georgia’s Mark Richt latest coach skeptical of proposed substitution rule

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Add Georgia’s Mark Richt to the growing list of coaches to question the NCAA rules committee’s substitution proposal.

The proposed rule stipulates an offense would be assessed a five-yard penalty for snapping the ball in the first 10 seconds of the 40-second play clock. It was ostensibly proposed to help prevent injuries, though it’s appeared far more targeted at curbing hurry-up offenses.

To Richt, there’s not enough proof that slowing down offenses would better prevent injuries.

“I feel like if you can train offensive players to play five or six plays in a row, you can train defensive players to play that many plays in a row, too,” Richt said, via the Athens Banner-Herald’s Marc Weizser. “I personally don’t think it’s a health issue deal, but if there’s some evidence otherwise, it will be interesting to see it. … I think it’s somebody’s assumption. I don’t think there’s any hard evidence on it.”

Richt isn’t necessarily taking sides here — he said the rule change wouldn’t affect his offense — but he’s meeting it with a healthy dose of skepticism. That’s a good thing. Gus Malzahn, Rich Rodriguez and Kevin Sumlin are among the coaches who’ve spoken out against the proposal, and Richt didn’t sound like it would pass even if some validity to the claims is discovered.

The proposal is scheduled to be reviewed by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel on March 6.

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7 Responses to “Georgia’s Mark Richt latest coach skeptical of proposed substitution rule”
  1. woebegong says: Feb 20, 2014 3:28 PM

    Be careful coach. You are using logic in your opinion, and the NCAA and a few coaches do not know how to handle that.
    It makes perfect sense though. Why is it any easier for a defensive player to get hurt than it is for an offensive player to be hurt, in a hurry up offense?

  2. crindal3000 says: Feb 20, 2014 4:38 PM

    this new rule smells a little funny

  3. thraiderskin says: Feb 20, 2014 4:58 PM

    Awesome… heaven forbid football actually being about the offense/defense beating the other, let’s just make it about who gets tired first. Its not like the defense isn’t already at a disadvantage, you know, having to react to what the offense executes.

  4. mogogo1 says: Feb 20, 2014 5:18 PM

    Terrible rule.

  5. mogogo1 says: Feb 20, 2014 5:28 PM

    Yes, because the fans would just sit calmly by as the national championship game effectively ended early when the trailing team wasn’t allowed to run the hurry-up.

    And even if they waived the rule for the final couple minutes of every half, what about when teams enter the second half down big and need to try and catch up?

  6. clemsonmatt says: Feb 20, 2014 6:41 PM

    Mark Richt says why have a substitution rule? Just give the thumbs down and have a player fake an injury. Works for me every time!

  7. goodfieldnohit says: Feb 20, 2014 6:52 PM

    While we’re at it, let’s eliminate the fast break in basketball, because, by Saban’s logic, someone could get hurt.

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