Steve Spurrier Calls Out Nick Saban On Proposed Rule Change
South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier has a reputation of speaking his mind. In a USA Today article released last night, Steve joined many of his college football coaching brethren in calling out Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
Saban is perceived to be the biggest advocate of a proposed rule change in college football that would prevent offenses from snapping the ball before 10 seconds have run off the 40 second play clock. However, judging from the outcry of the majority of college football coaches, Saban has been labeled as the biggest reason the proposal has even taken place.
So, you want to talk about the ‘Saban Rule’?” Spurrier asked Thursday, chuckling. “That’s what I call it. (It) looks like it’s dead now, hopefully.”
“It’s ridiculous. Let’s let everybody keep playing the way they’ve been playing.”
“He took it upon himself to go before the rules committee and get it done,” Spurrier said. “They tried to change the rules. But I don’t think they’re gonna get away with it.”
While no one know how much influence Saban had on the proposal, Spurrier’s quotes make it clear how he feels.
Saban has not commented publicly on the proposal, which could be put up for a vote on March 6th by the “Playing Rules Oversight Panel”. Saban and Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema have cited player safety as a big reason why offenses should be slowed down.
Like Spurrier, Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun head coach Mark Hudspeth is not a fan of the proposal.
“I think it’s absolutely crazy,” Hudspeth told me two weeks ago. “I don’t think it makes a lot of sense at all. I think it’s ashame that a couple of coaches have raised enough (attention) for them (rules committee) to look into it. I think the majority of coaches are okay with the rules right now they way they are.”
What about the suggestion that up tempo offenses will cause more injuries?
"“I think it’s absolutely crazy,” – Coach Hudspeth"“If that was the case, NBA and college basketball would have to after every layup and wait 10 seconds before they in-bound the ball,” explained Hudspeth. “I think right now, the setup is working. It doesn’t need to change.”
Spurrier coining the proposal as the “Saban rule” will certainly stick if the rule passes. With the outcry among many coaches around the country, it’s unlikely we’ll see the “Saban rule” in play in 2014.