Posted February 20, 2014

Steve Spurrier: ‘Saban Rule’ hopefully won’t pass

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Steve Spurrier does not support a new rule that would force teams to wait 10 seconds before snapping the ball. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Steve Spurrier does not support a new rule that would force teams to wait 10 seconds before snapping the ball. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier joined a prominent head-coaching coalition opposed to a rule that would require offenses to wait 10 seconds before snapping the football. And he suggested that what he called the “Saban Rule” — it is supported by Alabama head coach Nick Saban — is not likely to become a reality.

“So, you want to talk about the ‘Saban Rule?’ That’s what I call it. (It) looks like it’s dead now, hopefully,” Spurrier told USA Today’s George Schroeder.

Saban and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema are two prominent coaches who expressed their concern about the up-tempo nature of college football’s offenses last week to the NCAA Football Rules Committee, which approved the proposal.

It is scheduled to be considered on March 6 by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel.

Several prominent coaches have denounced the proposal. On Twitter last week, Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy went on an extensive rant railing against the proposal.

On Thursday, Spurrier suggested that Saban’s support of the proposal contributed to its eventual passage.

“He took it upon himself to go before the rules committee and get it done,” Spurrier said. “They tried to change the rules. But I don’t think they’re gonna get away with it.”

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14 comments
jeffcooper71
jeffcooper71

Oh and isn't Spurrier the same crybaby (actually the only crybaby) that went to the officials meeting prior to the national championship game to manipulate the officials?  I guess Steve just can't deal with facing a superior defense.

jeffcooper71
jeffcooper71

Let me say that I am one of the few people that support the Saban rule. How lame is it that the only way to beat Alabama is for your to substitute constantly while not allowing the superior defense to adjust?  I have no issues with teams running no huddle all game long. Play with fire and you will get burned. I do have an issue with those same teams substituting 3 players per play and not allowing the defense to be able to react. It is a game of mathups. Why should the offense be given an advantage that the defense cannot adjust too?  Of course the Oregon fans, Texas Tech fans and Alabama haters will oppose this. Alabama is superior to your school and you need to exploit the rules in an unfair way to beat the far superior team.

futurestrader28
futurestrader28

SABAN is too old to literally understand the dynamics of the spread.. He will have a losing season this year. He is not going to win a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ever again...

futurestrader28
futurestrader28

SABAN is finish he can't coach against the spread... He should retire after this season and enjoy is fruits of his labor.


The trend is here and he can't adjust to the overwhelming change.

AllisGrace
AllisGrace

Coach Spurrier is chattering and so it must be the off season. I enjoy his barbs when he has someone sighted in his scope, and I am not a Gamecock alumni either. It was hilarious how he would annually goad Coach Fulmer at Tennessee into irritation. Even Coach Bowden at FSU was not beyond his talking. He's gone after most of the SEC coaches including Les Miles, Bret Bielema, and back in the day Jackie Sherrill of MSU who was as tightly wound as Coach Fulmer. So go ahead coach and take a swing at Saban who is about as thin skinned as they come. This should make up for some interesting back and forth comments between the two leading up to the SEC media days this summer. It's gonna be fun and keep spinning coach.

BP_PR
BP_PR

Regardless of how you feel about Saban rule, you have to admit it is pretty cowardly to disguise your main intentions and hide behind "PLAYERS SAFETY"!

SteveRowFla
SteveRowFla

Spurrier is a blowhard.  He won the Heisman because all the good players were in Viet Nam.  He won his only national championship after gagging in the regular season, then miraculously having multiple teams lose on the last day.  He exhibits all the outward signs of small wiener syndrome with his incessant, petulant comments.

Matthew W
Matthew W

@jeffcooper71  

Every coach cries or pressures the refs into calling things their way. You can't be a coach without it. 

Its not like he pulled a Mack Brown begging. 

uncleremus
uncleremus

@jeffcooper71  you don't understand the current rules. if the offense subs the defense has the opportunity to sub as well. that's why the ref stands over the ball once the offense subs. quit being stupid

gthill60
gthill60

He understands the spread. He also understands that the anti spread is a dominant nose tackle that occupies 2 or 3 blockers on every play. This year he didn't have one for the first time since '07. I'm just guessing, but I bet he understands that.