Most coaches are against defensive sub rule

Jan 7, 2014; Newport Beach, CA, USA; General view of the MacArthur Bowl trophy presented by National Football Foundation at 2014 BCS National Championship press conference at Newport Beach Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


When it comes to the new defensive substitution rule that was proposed by the NCAA, it appears that where there is smoke there is fire. The opposition to the rule isn’t just a minority of coaches who have decided to complain the loudest.

According to a poll conducted by ESPN, only 25 of the nation’s 128 FBS head coaches are in favor of a rule.

If enacted, the sub rule would  not let the offense snap the ball unless 10 seconds had run off the play clock, allowing the defense to substitute after every play.

According to the poll results:


Of the 25 in favor, only 11 are coaches at “power five” conference schools (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC, plus Notre Dame). Of the 128 coaches overall, 73 percent (93) are opposed to the proposal while 19.5 percent (25 coaches) are in favor of it. Seven percent (nine coaches) are undecided.


Of the power five coaches, 74 percent (48) were against the proposal, 17 percent (11) were for it and 9 percent (six) were undecided or didn’t vote. Of the non-power schools, 71 percent (45 coaches) were opposed, 22 percent (14) were in favor and 6 percent (four) were undecided.