One thing I like about Mark Richt is that he seems genuinely concerned about defending college football from matters that encroach on what sets it apart and makes the sport something that people are passionate about. He said the right thing about playoffs and now he’s made an equally good point about the new clock rules that were instituted last year and are being looked at again when the NCAA’s football rules committee meets this week in Albuquerque, N.M.
Here’s Richt’s quote about the effect of the rule change in a Tony Barnhart article in today’s Atlanta Journal Constitution:
“I felt like they shortened the game and lengthened the commercials,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “I think we’re cheating the fans from what they want to see. Do you think they are saying, ‘Well, we just drove six hours to the game. I wish we could see 12 fewer plays’?“
“I don’t think so.”
Barnhart tries to be fair, so he presents several coaches with different takes on the matter (Tuberville’s rationalizations are as weaselly as you’d expect), but the conclusion is rather obvious – don’t think you’ll see a drastic change:
Dennis Poppe, the NCAA’s managing director for football, said 57 percent of Division I-A coaches surveyed wanted to go back to the old rules. But that isn’t likely to happen.
I think we could see some modification at the end of the half and the end of the game,” Poppe said. “The key is whether or not this change impacts the integrity of the game and the way it’s supposed to be played. If there is a good reason to make another change, we’ll make it.”
By the way, if you want to get an idea of what Richt is talking about, check out this series of posts at The Wizard of Odds:
It’s pretty obvious we’re trading game action for commercials. Kudos for Richt for saying it.