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.