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07:31 AM ET 02.13 | If it's up to the NCAA Football Rules Committee, college football teams may have to downshift from up-tempo offenses. A few coaches of teams that utilize no-huddle, hurry-up offenses -- which are becoming more and more common at the FBS level -- immediately blasted the proposed substitution rules change, saying its only intention is to slow them down. "It's a joke. It's ridiculous," said Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez. ... "First off, [I] doubt it will pass," Washington State coach Mike Leach said. "Second, it's ridiculous." ... [Hugh Freeze] wants to know if there is actual proof that uptempo offenses cause more injuries to players. "Is there documented medical evidence that supports this rule change that tempo offenses are putting players at a higher degree of risk than others?"

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February 13, 2014  07:36 AM ET

The REC at work.

February 13, 2014  07:45 AM ET

I would guess that Saban is lobbying for this rule as this offense beat Bama twice last season.

February 13, 2014  08:04 AM ET

Satan can't stop it so it must be illegal!

February 13, 2014  08:51 AM ET

Well we know one high profile coach who must have proposed that rule to the committee.

Doubt it passes.

February 13, 2014  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Satan can't stop it so it must be illegal!

Lot of truth in that. He has railed against it for quite a while. Does no good to have all those five star recruits on the sideline instead of in special packages. But like one coach said, " Defenses have been allowed to jump around before the snap in any formation they want forever."

February 13, 2014  08:55 AM ET

The crying and whining about this (proposed) rule change from the uneducated fans is going to be epic!

February 13, 2014  09:08 AM ET

This would kill off the "schemes" and coaches of about half the PAC 12 teams and make smash-mouth teams like Stanford rule supreme (which they probably will anyway). Hurry-up really isn't football - Oregon's style is like a video game - but it's putrid to cowtow to the likes of Saban, etc.

February 13, 2014  09:23 AM ET

If it ain't broke don't break it.

February 13, 2014  09:29 AM ET
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If it ain't broke don't break it.

Exactly. Ratings up, Interest up, money up. Leave it alone. Teach your defenders to think on the field beyond one dimension. Jeesh! coach better for Petes sake.

February 13, 2014  09:38 AM ET
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... Hurry-up really isn't football ...

do you mind elaborating on this?

February 13, 2014  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

do you mind elaborating on this?

That is the same thing they said when they invited to forward pass and jockey straps with cups!

February 13, 2014  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Well we know one high profile coach who must have proposed that rule to the committee.Doubt it passes.

make that two - read Bielema was involved in the recommendation

if you can call the little piggies "high profile"

February 13, 2014  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

do you mind elaborating on this?

and the single wing should be the only O allowed

February 13, 2014  09:55 AM ET
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and the single wing should be the only O allowed

LOL Gus Malzahn is running a modified version of the Delaware Wing T ... and he's considered a genius! What goes around comes around.

February 13, 2014  09:57 AM ET
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and the single wing should be the only O allowed

I think the Wishbone is old school enough to qualify.

February 13, 2014  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

That is the same thing they said when they invited to forward pass and jockey straps with cups!

Most players would agree that the cup was the best improvement in football in the last 50 years.

February 13, 2014  10:06 AM ET
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I think the Wishbone is old school enough to qualify.

Mere coincidence that AFA head FB coach Troy Calhoun is the present chairman of the NCAA Rules Committee.

February 13, 2014  10:06 AM ET
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make that two - read Bielema was involved in the recommendation if you can call the little piggies "high profile"

This is your cue, WPS. Bring on that sweet avi pic.

February 13, 2014  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Hurry-up really isn't football -

Why not?

 
February 13, 2014  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I think the Wishbone is old school enough to qualify.

Big Game Bob will run a hurry-up read option from the 'bone.

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