Nov 23, 2013; Tucson, AZ, USA; Arizona Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez celebrates in the closing seconds of the game against the Oregon Ducks at Arizona Stadium. Arizona defeated Oregon 42-16. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez not a fan of proposed substitution rule


Arizona Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez voiced his disagreement with the NCAA’s proposed defensive substitution rule Wednesday.

The rule, ostensibly designed to increase player safety, would restrict offenses from snapping the ball before 29 seconds remain on the play lock in order to allow defenses more time to substitute.

Rodriguez called the rule ridiculous, questioning the fairness of hitting offenses with a delay of game penalty if they choose to hike the ball too quickly:

It’s a joke. It’s ridiculous. And what’s most ridiculous is did you see what the penalty is going to be called? Delay of game! How is that a delay of game? That’s the ultimate rules committee decision. Make the game slower and call it delay of game.

Where’s all the data that proves this is a player safety issue? I don’t buy it (ESPN).

You can read more about the proposed defensive substitution rule here. Expect to hear more grumbling and criticism from coaches of up-tempo offenses over the next few days.

[Source: ESPN]

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