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 Richt, Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops, Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez, Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy, South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, and UNC’s Larry Fedora.