Kirby Smart reacts to rule changes as committee approves clock proposal: 'I’m very comfortable with the measured approach'
Kirby Smart said he believes that proposed changes to clock operating rules shouldn’t significantly impact college football games next season, but he called them a good first step to reducing the number of plays in the name of player health and safety.
These comments came on Friday as the NCAA Football Rules Committee on Friday approved a proposal to keep the clock running when a team makes a first down except in the last two minutes of a half. Since 1968, the clock has stopped on a first down until the referee gives the ready-for-play signal.
“I’m very comfortable with the measured approach,” said Smart, who is co-chair of the football rules committee that approved this move. “… We think the changes are going to be very minimal here … You could say, why did you change it at all? It’s going to flow better.”
Let’s not jump 2 steps ahead of ourselves, then have to go backwards, (if we passed) the clock running on incomplete passes.”
This season will shed some light on how to move forward, Smart said.
“We’re going to find out a lot this year how much that changes. But I think it’s a smart decision to start looking that direction as we start to take on more games (in 2024 when Playoff expands).”
H/T Seth Emerson.
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Making it where there isn’t a commercial every change of possession may help with how long games are.
That would definitely help everyone watching the game live in the stadiums. Big momentum shifts with a change of possession, crowd is into it and everyone has to wait 5 minutes. Sucks.
Dale…sounds great to all of us fans, but the business world is dominated by the profit-potential and college football is a business. So we’ll see those Dr. Pepper & Taco Bell commercials forever and very often.
I hate commercials, but that is how the channel makes money selling advertising. That is how they bring us the game!!! LOL
What he means to say is he is deeply concerned about these changes.
DaleEarnhog identified the problem. Commercials, commercials and more commercials.
Money is the engine that drives college football so the real problem of lengthy games won’t be addressed. Instead, the powers that be will, laughably, find ways to shorten the actual game time. What a joke.
Money drives all decisions now and will end up making the game less attractive to fans. Sad that it happens. Another good thing being screwed up.