Nick Saban has been the fall guy for the new 10-second proposal that would allow defenses 10 seconds to substitute before the offense can snap the ball, but no one has used Saban’s name publicly.
After all, Saban and Bret Bielema were in the original committee meeting, and Saban voiced his concerns over the style of play.
So, it’s about time we heard from Steve Spurrier on the subject anyway, and he called it ‘The Saban rule,’ according to USAToday.com.
“So, you want to talk about the ‘Saban Rule’?” Spurrier asked Thursday, chuckling. “That’s what I call it. (It) looks like it’s dead now, hopefully.”
Spurrier said he gave committee chairman and Air Force coach Troy Calhoun a call about the proposal and left him a voicemail. Spurrier also called the proposal ridiculous.
“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.”
Whether the rule was enforced or not, it wouldn’t affect South Carolina much. The Gamecocks rarely snap the ball under 10 seconds of the play clock starting. Outside of Bret Bielema, not one other coach has recently spoken in favor of the new rule, and committee chairman Troy Calhoun remains very skeptical whether or not the injury evidence is there at all.
The rule will be voted on March 6th by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel.
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