Auburn Tigers athletic director Jay Jacobs watched his football team complete one of the greatest turnarounds in college football history last season when they went from 3-9 in 2012 to a BCS National Championship Game appearance. They did so with head coach Gus Malzahn’s ability to run the fast-paced, no-huddle offense to near perfection. So it’s not surprise that Jacobs is one of the many that are thoroughly against the proposed 10-second rule.
In an interview with AL.com, Jacobs went off with his thoughts on the rule that would penalize offenses for snapping the ball before 10 seconds had drained off the clock, and to him it’s almost laughable.
“It’s a joke, is what it is,” Jacobs said in an interview with AL.com. “Everything’s going faster in sports. You get penalized if you don’t play fast enough in golf. Now you’ve got pitch counts in baseball to throw a pitch. And to think we’re slowing something down without any data is just ridiculous to me. The thing about it is, kids today, they love playing in this hurry-up type offense because it’s fun. So if you like to have fun, you need to go to a place like Auburn.”
Currently, there are only 25 head coaches at the FBS level that are in favor of the plan, and while not a coach, you can subtract Jacobs from the list of people that believe the rule would hold any validity whatsoever.