Clemson’s Swinney: Proposed NCAA change ‘the dumbest rule’

Anderson Independent MailFebruary 27, 2014 

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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney

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Coaches from across the country have spoke out on the proposed NCAA football rule change, limiting teams to snapping the ball more than 10 seconds into the play clock.

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier dubbed it the “Saban Rule” recently, in honor of Alabama coach Nick Saban and his misgivings over the rise of the hurry-up no-huddle.

Clemson’s head man spoke out Thursday to ESPN.

“That’s the dumbest rule,” Dabo Swinney said. “That rule right there reminds me of public reaction people had when they put in the forward pass. It’s just the craziest thing. That makes no sense, and to hide behind player safety is wrong because it’s just not factual.”

The article, written by Heather Dinich, also quoted ACC coordinator of officials, Doug Rhoads, and he says the majority of the ACC coaches stand with Swinney on the issue.

“That’s where we are now in the comment period, coaches saying where is the data that this is a player safety issue,” Rhoads said. “There’s not a compelling argument that’s the case here, so I think it’s going to get extra scrutiny over this comment period before it ever becomes final.”

Swinney went as far as saying it’s an agenda. His team’s hurry-up has certainly proved to be a problem for opposing defenses since Chad Morris came to town in 2011.

“That’s what it is,” he said. “If we’re going to talk about player safety, then when they’re going to blitz seven and we’ve only got six, is that extra guy going to hold his hand up before he comes so we know where he’s coming from and that kind of stuff? The whole thing is ridiculous.”

ESPN polled FBS coaches nationwide and found 20 percent were in favor of the proposed change.

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