Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is normally calm and collected, especially in interviews, where he rarely gives away much information.

However, at the SEC meetings in Destin, Florida, on Wednesday, Malzahn got fired up about a new NCAA rule that will limit teams to only 20 headsets on the sidelines.

As a team that often used more than 20, Auburn will have to adjust. Malzahn thinks it is a ridiculous rule and called it “a joke” (via

“The 20 headset rule is a joke,” he said at SEC Spring Meetings on Wednesday. “There’s no doubt it. I think that’s got the ability to hurt our game. That’s a really big deal and that came about just to try to affect the staff sizes. Any rules that’s put in place because of something else is not good.

“That’s something we’re going to have to deal with. The quality of the game, coaching, that’s what I’m concerned about. The fact that you can only have 10 assistants or your four guys up in the booth and have headsets on and then you’re going to put four of your current players on a headset? I don’t know. I mean that’s going to affect the game and that’s disappointing.”

Malzahn was upset that non-football people made the decision, as reports that only one football coach is on the 17-member committee that votes on such things.

Will it affect games this fall? Malzahn thinks it will, but we’ll have to wait and see if he’s proven right.