Nov 9, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt reacts after a touchdown against the Appalachian State Mountaineers during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated Appalachian State 45-6. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Richt skeptical of proposed substitution rule

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Are you tried of hearing coaches offer opinions about the NCAA’s proposed substitution rule? Too bad! There are many months to go until football begins again, and this debate is all we have to keep us entertained!

(In case you’re out of the loop, know that the rule would cause offenses to be assessed a five-yard penalty for snapping the ball during the first 10 seconds of the 40-second play clock.)

While not entirely opposed to the rule, Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt is the latest coach to express skepticism about the “player safety” justification being pushed by the NCAA, telling the Athens Banner-Herald that he doesn’t believe there’s much evidence to support the idea that snapping the ball at a slower pace will prevent injuries:

I feel like if you can train offensive players to play five or six plays in a row, you can train defensive players to play that many plays in a row, too. I personally don’t think it’s a health-issue deal, but if there’s some evidence otherwise, it will be interesting to see it. …I think it’s somebody’s assumption. I don’t think there’s any hard evidence on it.

The proposal will be reviewed by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel on March 6.

[Source: Athens Banner-Herald]

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