Josh Kendall

February 20, 2014

Spurrier weighs in against 'Saban Rule'

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is against a possible rules change that would force college football offenses to wait before snapping the football.

Josh Kendall

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    Steve Spurrier has weighed in on a potential timing change to the NCAA rules, and in typical Steve Spurrier fashion.

    “The 'Saban Rule.’ That's what I call it,” Spurrier told USA Today on Thursday. “(It) looks like it's dead now, hopefully."

    The rule in question would force college football offenses to wait until 10 seconds have run off the play clock to snap the ball. Alabama head coach Nick Saban, a longtime skeptic of the trend toward hurry-up, no-huddle offenses, is thought to be one of the driving forces behind the proposal. The sport’s Playing Rules Oversight Panel may consider the rule on March 6, and it could be implemented next season.

    Spurrier told Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, the chairman of the rules committee, that he is against the rule, as are a number of coaches.

    “It's ridiculous,” Spurrier told USA Today. “Let's let everybody keep playing the way they've been playing. To me, that's part of football. The 'no-huddle' has always been available. I don't see why we'd take it away right now.”

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