Urban Meyer dissed the new clock rules first, but if this piece (h/t MrSEC.com) in WholeHogSports.com is any indication, he’s getting company from his SEC peers.
… Based on comments they have made this season, here are the opinions of SEC coaches on the new 40 / 25 clock rules enacted for 2008.
STRONGLY OPPOSED Bobby Petrino, Arkansas Urban Meyer, Florida Mark Richt, Georgia MODERATELY OPPOSED Les Miles, LSU Steve Spurrier, South Carolina Phil Fulmer, Tennessee Bobby Johnson, Vanderbilt RELATIVELY NEUTRAL Nick Saban, Alabama MODERATELY IN FAVOR Tommy Tuberville, Auburn
STRONGLY IN FAVOR Rich Brooks, Kentucky
In complaining about the new rules, Petrino made a good point about something:
… Petrino pointed out an example where the 40-second clock didn’t seem practical. After Arkansas tight end D. J. Williams gained 76 yards on a crossing route in the fourth quarter against Louisiana-Monroe, the play clock was activated with players from both teams still streaming down the field and the chain gang racing to get in position.
“By the time we got down there and all the officials got down there and the chain crew got down there, you looked up and there was 8 seconds to go,” he said. “We looked up and had to call a timeout.”
All in all, it’s an interesting read.