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Auburn AD blasts 10-second defensive substitution rule

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By now you probably get the point, but Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs continued to pile on to the defensive rule substitution proposal. Jacobs calls the proposed rule a joke, echoing the sentiments of many other college football coaches in recent weeks.

 

“It’s a joke, is what it is,” Jacobs said in an interview with AL.com. “Everything’s going faster in sports. You get penalized if you don’t play fast enough in golf. Now you’ve got pitch counts in baseball to throw a pitch. And to think we’re slowing something down without any data is just ridiculous to me. The thing about it is, kids today, they love playing in this hurry-up type offense because it’s fun. So if you like to have fun, you need to go to a place like Auburn.”

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has been one of the many coaches to come out in opposition to the proposed rule, which is expected to be shot down in a formal vote by the NCAA’s Playing Rules Oversight Committee tomorrow. If passed, offenses would not be allowed to snap the football within the first 10 seconds of the play clock, allowing defenses to substitute without having to rush to keep up with the opposing offense. If an offense snapped the football before the 10 seconds elapsed, the new rule would penalize that team for a delay of game. The reception of the rule has been lopsided against supporting the rule.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban recently defended his stance on the up-tempo style of play and support for the rule proposal. Saban stressed the importance for taking a careful look at the impact up-tempo offensive play has on the health of players, which is probably a good idea once you get past the idea Saban is only looking to regain an advantage in scheming for a game.

The safety of the players is an important issue, and if there is a risk to them as a result of the spread of up-tempo offenses in the game then it is critical to address anything that can be corrected. However, until there is data to support the rule, it is not likely to gain much traction. For now, without any data to support the case for the rule, there is little reason to adopt it.

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17 Responses to “Auburn AD blasts 10-second defensive substitution rule”
  1. jtinnon2009 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:34 AM

    This man is so full of nonsense it is mind boggling… It doesn’t matter if you play at warp speed Mr. Jacobs, you and your school will likely never sniff at a crystal ball again. Your entire spew is an effort at recruiting. You say “it’s fun,” well, so is getting drafted into the NFL (where they don’t play high-school type football) and where they make millions of dollars. However, I understand that the lesser talented schools, which you represent, must at least attempt to find an edge to compete with better coaches, better teams and superior athletes. Keep up your senseless tirades…

  2. lbijake says: Mar 5, 2014 10:41 AM

    We should also lower the speed limit on interstate highways. With Saban’s logic, this will reduce injuries in accidents. Or get rid of cars altogether and go back to the horse and buggy.

  3. ebrownwareagle says: Mar 5, 2014 11:04 AM

    @jtinnon2009

    Undefeated in 04, National Champs 10, Back in the tittle Game in 13! But lesser talent. Laughable considering 5-6 players off this past team are about to get Drafted 3possible first rounders. But lesser talented. A joke

    WAR EAGLE

  4. thetooloftools says: Mar 5, 2014 11:23 AM

    Saban only cares about what will benefit Saban.

  5. imaduffer says: Mar 5, 2014 11:29 AM

    Next, Coach Saban will be asking if they can have 14 guys on defense.

  6. thraiderskin says: Mar 5, 2014 11:44 AM

    I can agree that some of Sabans motives are self serving, but aren’t all the detractors of the rule’s motives as well. Couldn’t the same argument be made that the detractor’s can’t beat guys like Saban without gimmicks? Some of the offenses aren’t even trying to go toe to toe, like in real football, their just trying to run as many plays as possible in an attempt to tire out the opponent. Its not really about scheme either, just endurance.

  7. rolltide510 says: Mar 5, 2014 12:01 PM

    Jay Jacobs hired Gene Chizik and gave him an extension, so he definitely knows a joke when he sees it.

  8. rolltide510 says: Mar 5, 2014 12:04 PM

    ebrownwareagle says:
    Mar 5, 2014 11:04 AM
    @jtinnon2009

    Undefeated in 04, National Champs 10, Back in the tittle Game in 13! But lesser talent. Laughable considering 5-6 players off this past team are about to get Drafted 3possible first rounders. But lesser talented. A joke

    ——

    You know how you know when you’re talking to an auburn fan? They’ll brag about undefeated seasons that don’t result in championships and losing championship games. Pretty unique among fans in that regard. You’ll never hear anybody else use the term “undefeated season”; generally its understood its championship or nothing.

  9. overratedgators says: Mar 5, 2014 12:10 PM

    Running fast and tiring out defenses IS a scheme. Strategy is more than just Xs and Os. Call it a gimmick all you want; it’s Saban’s job to figure out how to beat it. His problem is that he’s finally found something his ‘system’ can’t control, and he’s such a control freak, that fact driving him crazy.

  10. hor2012 says: Mar 5, 2014 12:17 PM

    overratedgators says:Mar 5, 2014 12:10 PM

    Running fast and tiring out defenses IS a scheme. Strategy is more than just Xs and Os. Call it a gimmick all you want; it’s Saban’s job to figure out how to beat it. His problem is that he’s finally found something his ‘system’ can’t control, and he’s such a control freak, that fact driving him crazy.

    I agree

  11. mogogo1 says: Mar 5, 2014 12:18 PM

    thraiderskin says:

    Couldn’t the same argument be made that the detractor’s can’t beat guys like Saban without gimmicks?
    __________

    Are we talking about the same “gimmicks” Saban (and every other coach) employs every game when his team falls way behind? That’s why this is such a ridiculous idea–the guy rants about player safety but absolutely nobody, including him, is proposing the hurry-up be banned late in halves. Apparently, nobody can get injured in the last few minutes of a game. And, logically, that’s when guys are the most tired and theoretically most prone to injury. If he cared about safety, that’s the time he’d MOST want to see it banned.

  12. Professor Fate says: Mar 5, 2014 12:46 PM

    Other than all the solid arguments against this rule this one line should doom it to the dustbin:

    “If an offense snapped the football before the 10 seconds elapsed, the new rule would penalize that team for a delay of game.”

    A delay-of-game penalty for not delaying the snap, which sounds like one of those idiotic contradiction in terms you used to only hear in politics. Anyone who supports this mis-guided attempt to arbitrarily control the game is a hypocrite.

  13. Woody Bass III says: Mar 5, 2014 12:54 PM

    Reblogged this on The Other Team.

  14. wadaea says: Mar 5, 2014 4:11 PM

    To
    rolltide510

    Hows that two game losing streak looking…..

  15. sailbum7 says: Mar 5, 2014 7:13 PM

    So this would mean that if you are trailing toward the end of the game and need one score to tie or win, you better have at least ten seconds left at the end of a play or the game is effectively over. No more rushing to get a last play off with 8 seconds left on the clock, you have to let time expire and lose the game because there is not ten seconds left to wait so you can snap the ball.

    This rule is absolutely idiotic. Running a hurry up offense is a big part of the game. It is tiring for both sides, but the offense hopes to gain by catching the defense unprepared. This is an element that should not be removed from the game.

  16. packerbadger says: Mar 12, 2014 1:33 PM

    Most of Sabans players can’t even count to ten…

  17. packerbadger says: Mar 12, 2014 4:16 PM

    Next Saban will say his players shouldn’t have to go to school or get paid to play…..er….wait…..nevermind…..

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