Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops waves to the crowd as he leaves the field following a win over the Alabama Crimson Tide in a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Oklahoma defeated Alabama 45-31. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Bob Stoops says there's 'no evidence' uptempo offenses are unsafe

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Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops weighed in on the NCAA’s proposed substitution rule Friday, questioning the argument that uptempo offenses cause more injuries.

(The proposed rule would cause offenses to be penalized if they snap the ball within the first 10 seconds of the 40-second play clock.)

Per The Oklahoman:

Bottom line, there’s no evidence to support that it’s unsafe.

The offense is capable of operating without substitution, in all downs and distances. If they’re able to adjust to keep the same personnel on the field, they ought to be able to use whatever pace they want to. And the defense ought to be able to adjust.

You can say what you want about how football “should” be played — if you think a plodding pace is more aesthetically pleasing, then that’s your prerogative — but know that when it comes to uptempo offense being perfectly safe, Stoops (and the coaches who agree with him) are supported by the data.

[Source: The Oklahoman]

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