The USA Today is reporting that the NCAA Rules Committee will not move forward with a rule that would have required a ten second delay before the offense could snap the ball in college football. They cited injury or potential injury to athletes as one of the reasons for the rule, but did not show any ‘proof’ of such injuries occuring. Now I could see how some coaches would have issue with this and others – well, not so much. In fact, slowing down offenses could be a benefit for a team that played at a slighly slower pace. Talk radio and fans across the country have had plenty of opinion in this potential rule over the last three weeks. It struck a nerve in Eugene, Oregon – Home of the fast paced Oregon Ducks. Arizona Head Coach Rich Rodriguez went on a twitter rant over the rule, but now the rule won’t move forward in the process. It has been withdrawn.
Teams like Oregon can now rest assured their respective teams can run their offenses without delay, and for teams like the Ducks whose fans have gotten used to the next play starting before there is even time for a replay of the previous play the world will remain perfect, at least in college football.
The Ducks Spring Practice schedule starts on April 1st and the Spring Game is at Autzen Stadium on May 2nd(11am).