No more faking injuries? AFCA wants NCAA rules committee to tackle the issue
College football has quickly evolved into a sport featuring high-powered offenses that often use tempo to their advantage. Doing so can result in catching defenses off guard, which is the primary goal of going fast.
Instead of solving the issue of stopping these offenses, some defenses have another method to slow down the game — having defenders fake injuries in the place of calling a timeout.
This wouldn’t be such a big issue if only one or two teams were guilty of faking injuries but this is an issue that continues to trend in the wrong direction as more and more offenses shift toward fast-paced offenses that utilize tempo.
Now the American Football Coaches Association (also known as the AFCA) is hoping the NCAA rules committee will step up and address the issue.
“Our ethics committee, which suggests rules changes to the NCAA, said by unanimous consent that this has got to stop,” said AFCA executive director Todd Berry according to ESPN’s Alex Scarborough. “So they asked the rules committee to do something about it. It’s bad for football.”
According to the current rules in place, all injured players have to come out of the game for at least one play. So, hypothetically, a player that fakes an injury will only miss one snap of action and his team is rewarded a free timeout after the player goes down.
One idea shared would be forcing an injured player to sit out the rest of the possession. If the player was that important to his team and really was injured, a coach could be given the option of using a timeout to allow that player the option to return to the game.
“It’s time,” Berry added. “… There needs to be a harsh deterrent.”