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It’s about time Steve Spurrier sounded off on “The Saban Rule”

Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban AP

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.

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19 Responses to “It’s about time Steve Spurrier sounded off on “The Saban Rule””
  1. canetic says: Feb 20, 2014 8:14 PM

    Saban also wants to propose a rule that you can’t return missed FG’s.

  2. auburntigers34 says: Feb 20, 2014 8:19 PM

    canetic says: Feb 20, 2014 8:14 PM

    LOL for players safety. it’s dangerous for 300 lbers to have to run 100 yards.

  3. clemsonmatt says: Feb 20, 2014 8:41 PM

    As much as this pains me as a Clemson fan, Spurrier is a good coach, and smart. He was right when he implied turning a cesspool like USC somewhat respectable was a bigger accomplishment than returning Alabama to glory.

    Spurrier adjusts and coaches instead of whining and manufacturing fake safety concerns or pulling a Richt and having players flop. He’s still a jerk, but not a stupid whiny jerk.

  4. jets12 says: Feb 20, 2014 9:08 PM

    @clemsonmatt finally a Clemson fan that seems to be fair minded and without malice. Nice to know that all Clemson fans are not as insane as some I have encountered on this site. After all it is just a game played by kids/young men. It’s not life or death. While I disagree that Spurrier is a jerk, I can see where non Carolina fans might feel this way. Carolina has been very fortunate to have Spurrier as it’s head coach and it has been a pleasure watching the progress of the program.

  5. longtallsam says: Feb 20, 2014 9:38 PM

    jets12 says: Feb 20, 2014 9:08 PM

    “… finally a Clemson fan that seems to be fair minded and without malice. Nice to know that all Clemson fans are not as insane as some I have encountered on this site.”

    Agreed, jets, but there have been plenty idiotic comments from the Gamecock fans on here, and elsewhere, also. No one school has a monopoly on the idiots, everyone has them!

  6. classyjacklambert says: Feb 20, 2014 9:55 PM


    Jets12 just really likes to troll, and then act like he doesn’t. He really is the worst kind of fan because he thinks he is better than those he tries to ridicule while literally doing the exact same thing… Making him a total hypocrite.

  7. jets12 says: Feb 20, 2014 10:19 PM

    @classlessjackass you are without a doubt the dumbest person on the planet. You bring absolutely nothing to the table and never an original thought. Your posts are clueless and have as much intellect as the empty space that is your head. Why don’t you do yourself a favor and stick to commenting on children’s books. That is if you can comprehend that level.

  8. jets12 says: Feb 20, 2014 10:26 PM

    @longtallsam I agree with you. All schools have their fair share of idiot fans. South Carolina included.

  9. classyjacklambert says: Feb 20, 2014 10:36 PM

    …As proven in the post before last. You really like to repeat yourself considering you always say I am the one without an original thought in my head. It’s funny because I like to give credit where credit is due. I think South Carolina has some great fans and I even get along with a lot of the trash talkers on here like Clemsonstillsucks. But you just can’t handle your own flaws and insist on trying to be clever by calling me “classlessjackass” and calling me stupid, which is an argument that I will not deny has some merit. But who is really the dumber between us two? Me, who has time and again used logic and reason to prove my point, or you, who constantly reverts to name calling and personal attacks without supporting evidence? I’d call it a draw since I have wasted my time trying to explain this to you when clearly you are out of your depth.

  10. Deb says: Feb 20, 2014 10:50 PM

    It won’t be popular to say so, but the funny thing about the “Saban Rule” is that Saban didn’t propose it. The committee called asking him to come in and give them his thoughts on the proposed rule. He turned them down a couple of times, but they kept asking and he finally agreed to come speak to them. He may like it, but it wasn’t his idea.

  11. jets12 says: Feb 20, 2014 11:02 PM

    Trust me classlessjackass when ever I am in a conversation with you I will never be out of my depth. I do not attack schools or players or cities where schools are located like you do constantly. People who do that are insecure and have low self esteem. That is so classless and immature. But as we both know that describes you and then some. And I will continue to attack you each and every time you attack me. I say that you don’t have an original thought because you don’t. You have taken what I have said and used my words as your own. So I am right to keep pointing that out.

    As I said in a post a few days ago, maybe you should stop reading the posts on this site and read something more on your level. I suggested Green Eggs and Ham. Well this will be your first lesson. Study this quote and get back to me once you think you have mastered the meaning. If you pass then we will proceed to the next lesson. Got it?

    Do you like
    green eggs and ham

    I do not like them,
    I do not like
    green eggs and ham.

    There you have it classlessjackass. Your first assignment. Take your time. Don’t rush. Own it. Make it yours. I have faith you can do it. Don’t disappoint me!

  12. suprmous says: Feb 20, 2014 11:16 PM

    Does Spurrier do anything besides complain?

  13. jets12 says: Feb 20, 2014 11:24 PM

    He has a habit of beating Clemson on a regular basis.

  14. atmason says: Feb 21, 2014 2:21 AM

    Thank you Steve.

  15. woebegong says: Feb 21, 2014 2:41 AM

    Spurrier is right and I thi9nk he makes a valid point. Coach Saban is going to have to adjust his defenses to handle the quicker pace, because I don’t think there is enough support it would seem, for this rule to become law. The hurry up offense really , at least as far as I can see, will not lead to any more defensive player injuries. Both the offense and defense are on the field the same amount of time. There are big defensive linemen, but the OL kids are also, equally big, and both are on the same field and playing the same game.
    The game doesn’t need to be slowed down anymore than it is already. A 60 minute game already is stretched out to over 3 hours most of the time.
    I think the coaches that object are just going to have to adapt to it, and I think they will probably get used to it, after a while. Shoot, even Woodie Hayes got used to the passing game, even if he was brought into it scratching and howling.
    Innovation makes the game more interesting in my opinion for sure.

  16. imaduffer says: Feb 21, 2014 11:12 AM

    The ten second rule is brought to you by……….Coors,Chevy, Ford or any other company that wants to advertise on college football.

  17. mogogo1 says: Feb 21, 2014 12:16 PM

    Deb says:

    It won’t be popular to say so, but the funny thing about the “Saban Rule” is that Saban didn’t propose it.

    Thanks for the clarification. It wasn’t his idea, he’s just the big-name who supported it wholeheartedly while the vast majority of other coaches and fans see it as a total abomination. I have so much more respect for him now that you cleared that all up.

  18. clemsonmatt says: Feb 21, 2014 9:46 PM

    I keep meaning to do a Clemson/USC parody to Seusse’s Sneetches.

  19. qb757 says: Feb 22, 2014 10:49 AM

    5. That’s the number for 2014. 5. Clemson fans know what it means. It’s the number of times in a row Spurrier’s Gamecocks have absolutely punished Clemson for being Clemson. You can of course, go back in history for better years against Carolina for Clemson but that’s the point — you have to go back. And the amount you have to go back seems to growing.

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