Now that we know the 10-second proposal has been tabled for at least this season, we’ll probably hear from every SEC head coach regarding the subject either this spring or summer at SEC Media Days.
Les Miles kept silent while the heated discussion took place over the last month, but he finally spoke out and said he was firmly against the proposed rule, according to NOLA.com.
“I find there’s no reason to make the change unless you want to limit plays, slow the ball being snapped, reduce scoring and make college football less marketable,” Miles said.
And Miles proceeded to explain it in a very Les Miles-like fashion.
“There’s little or no evidence that would say that injury is likely,” Miles said. “Having said that, the incidence of injury in football is 100 percent. That being said, ‘He hurt his hand. Why? Because he was playing football. He hurt his elbow. Why? Because he was playing football.’
“Fatigue, if there’s a guy on there that’s tired, here’s how we handle it: We played Oregon and Auburn and a number of teams that use the up-tempo offense, right? Here’s what happens: The guy goes like this (patting his head) when he gets tired. When the ball is stopped, he runs off the field quickly. And we put another guy on the field quickly. It just happens. As the time it takes to get on the far hash, it becomes difficult to do, don’t get me wrong. But in the ebb and flow of the game, it’s not been an issue for us.”
“The incidence of injury in football is 100 percent.” I couldn’t have said it any better myself. Miles then goes on to explain the basic procedure of how LSU substitutes players when they’re tired or winded – as do most teams – by patting the helmet.
I hope Les Miles coaches for another 25 years.
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