Sep 28, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban watches his team from the sidelines against the Mississippi Rebels during the fourth quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Mississippi Rebels 25-0. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Saban, Bret Bielema back no-huddle rule change


The NCAA is proposing a new rule that would allow defenses to substitute in between plays against teams that run high-tempo, no-huddle offenses.

The new rule would prohibit teams from snapping the ball before there were 29 seconds on the play clock. The play clock last 40 seconds.

Although many teams play at a fast pace these days, getting plays off within 10 seconds is not very common.

That hasn’t stopped the most high-profile coach in the country, Alabama Crimson Tide Head Coach Nick Saban and another SEC coach, Arkansas Razorbacks’ Head Coach Bret Bielema from voicing their concerns over quick tempos because of “player safety.”

“Coach Saban asked for the opportunity to meet with the committee and talk about this,” NCAA coordinator of officials Rogers Redding told the Associated Press. “It’s not routine, but it’s not unique, either.”

Other coaches, like Oklahoma State Cowboys’ Head Coach Mike Gundy, have spoken out against the rule.

Even if the rule is passed, it doesn’t seem like it will make much of a difference.

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