Substitution rule shelved by NCAA committee after unanimous vote

By Kyle Johnson,

A controversial rule aimed at slowing down college football games a tad in the name of player safety has been shelved by the NCAA Football Rules committee.

The rule would have made it so that college offenses had to wait 10 seconds after each play before the next snap to allow defenses the ability to substitute and those that tried to snap quicker would get hit with a delay of game penalty, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Alabama coach Nick Saban had been at the forefront and was championing the rules change, likely partially because his last three losses were to teams who ran up-tempo offenses. Others cited player safety, as the faster offenses could add 20 to 25 plays to a game, though there hadn't been any proof to back that argument up yet.

The committee held a teleconference and voted to shoot down the proposal citing an outpouring of comments over the issue, with the majority being against the substitution rule, according to USA Today.

The committee said that 74 percent of the 324 comments received asked that the rule not be instituted or forwarded to the Playing Rules Oversight Panel. Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said, "This is a victory for common sense and protecting the game of football."

ESPN took a survey of 128 FBS coaches and 73.5 percent were not in favor of the slow-down rule, while only 19.5 percent were.

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