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Survey says… 73 percent of coaches oppose defensive sub rule proposal

Nick Saban, Kevin Sumlin AP

The 10-second defensive substitution rule proposed by the NCAA’s Football Rules Committee earlier this month has been the target of plenty of criticism and has been ripped to shreds by a number of coaches. It has been popular opinion that the rule stood little chance of actually being passed and adopted as an official rule change for the 2014 season. If the vote was in the hands of football coaches, we now know there is a widespread lack of support for the proposed rule.

Brett McMuprhy of ESPN.com reports a survey of 128 football coaches found 73 percent opposed the rule. According to McMurphy, 19.5 percent supported the rule and another seven percent were undecided. McMurphy goes in to some detail breaking down the results in saying 11 of the coaches in support of the proposal come from the “power five” conferences.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema have been two coaches reportedly in favor of the rule proposal. Bielema has spoken out about the rule, perhaps foolishly at times, and believes it should be adopted. Saban has been thought to carry influence on the rule being proposed after being reported to be in the meeting room with the Football Rules Committee when the rule was drafted. Saban has spoken out against up-tempo offensive trends before, so it is easy to predict how he would have voted in this poll if he was involved. One coach did abstain from the poll.

Some of the coaches on record against the proposed rule include Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, Georgia’s Mark RichtOklahoma’s Bob Stoops, Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez, Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy, South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, and UNC’s Larry Fedora.

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7 Responses to “Survey says… 73 percent of coaches oppose defensive sub rule proposal”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 26, 2014 3:59 PM

    I’m honestly surprised it’s not a higher percentage….

    1 out of 4 coaches like this idea??

  2. goodfieldnohit says: Feb 26, 2014 5:13 PM

    Why do you keep ignoring Kevin Sumlin? He’s been one of the most vocal opponents out there.

  3. vols84 says: Feb 26, 2014 11:14 PM

    For the record, Derek Dooley is against the rule too. On more than 3 occasions he tried lining up 12 guys on defense. I guess that is to be expected when you go from the courtroom to the football field.

  4. jessejames182 says: Feb 27, 2014 12:21 AM

    @Texans
    I think 1 out of 4 coaches sold their vote to saban.

  5. wareagle1961 says: Feb 27, 2014 1:16 PM

    Saban should cut through all this committee BS and issue an Executive Order …. problem solved

  6. mogogo1 says: Feb 27, 2014 1:44 PM

    Encouraging to see how Saban has his hand on the pulse of the coaching world. And Bret Bielema must now believe that 3 of 4 coaches favor the murder of players.

  7. suprmous says: Feb 28, 2014 12:39 AM

    Lawd have mercy on all of those who go along with Big Mouth Saban and his cohort Bielema. Damn, who in their right mind can agree with em? Certainly anybody with half a brain can see what’s goin on past the nose on their face. Lawddddddddd, please have mercy on their souls and Amen.

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