You knew it was only a matter of time before the always vocal and quotable Steve Spurrier got a chance to lick his chops on the defensive substitution rule proposal. Spurrier likes to call it The Saban Rule, referring to Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
“So, you want to talk about the ‘Saban Rule’?” Spurrier asked in a report by USA Today. “That’s what I call it. (It) looks like it’s dead now, hopefully.”
Saban was on hand for the Football Rules Committee meeting that led to the proposal being drafted. Saban has long been vocal about slowing down the pace of college football, and he reportedly addressed his concerns with the committee. The rule will be voted on March 6, although it is widely expected to not be passed. Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema is among them, although he believes there is a solid precedent for rules involving player safety being passed.
The defensive rule substitution proposal has been widely criticized since being reported. the criticism has come so hot and heavy that the chair of the Football Rules Committee, Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun, has stepped back some on his initial statements. Spurrier was one of the coaches who gave Calhoun a phone call about the proposal.
“I just told him I was against it,” Spurrier said. “It’s ridiculous. Let’s let everybody keep playing the way they’ve been playing.”
Never change Spurrier. Never change.
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.
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.