Source: 10-second college football rule withdrawn by committee

By: Associated Press
March 5, 2014 Updated: March 5, 2014 at 1:55 pm
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photo - Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun signals for a touchdown for his team against UNLV in the second quarter of an NCAA football game at Air Force Academy, on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun signals for a touchdown for his team against UNLV in the second quarter of an NCAA football game at Air Force Academy, on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) 

NEW YORK — A person with knowledge of the decision says a proposed rule that would have slowed college football's fast-paced offenses has been withdrawn by the NCAA rules committee chaired by Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun.

The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made.

After a conference call by the football rules committee, it was agreed the so-called 10-second rule would not be given to the playing rules oversight panel on Thursday for approval.

The proposal penalized offenses for snapping the ball before 10 seconds have run off the 40-second play clock.

The committee cited player safety concerns when it passed the proposal on Feb. 12. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and Alabama's Nick Saban were not on the committee but pushed for changes to control the ever-quickening pace of play.

Calhoun said strategy was not considered as part of the discussion - though in-person testimony from non-committee members like Saban, an outspoken opponent of the hurry-up offenses, has led many coaches to question the sincerity of the proposed rule. No pro-uptempo coaches spoke to the committee and only one trainer, from Army, represented the medical community.

"Is there a legitimate safety concern? If not, there should be no rule," Calhoun said in February. "Let's find something that's definitive in regards to safety and make sure it's not popularity driven or anything like that."

Read more from Calhoun here.

 

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