Daily Archives: March 1, 2014

“I don’t think coaches should be making this decision.”

It’s looking more and more apparent that Bielema isn’t going to get his wish granted this year.

Since the rules committee sprung this on coaches Feb. 12, the wounds appear too fresh for the proposal to get serious consideration.

In fact, one official who spoke on condition of anonymity called ruling “D.O.A.”

Major football rules are typically passed in two-year cycles, and this is an in-between year. Football is the rare sport where defenses can’t sub as they wish (must wait for the offense to do so first), so perhaps this proposal, if retooled to accommodate both sides, is worth a robust debate when everyone calms down.

If this gets passed now, riots in the streets.

“If they are wise they will table this thing and have a really good debate about it next year,” said a source involved in next week’s decision-making.

But I’m sensing there may be another way to skin the cat that doesn’t involve a rules change.  Saban expressed a concern related to hurry-up offenses and officials not being in position when the ball is snapped.

“I think sometimes we don’t need to do all the things that they do but I think in some situations the officials controlling the pace of the game in that league has, I think, benefited the players and I would like to see the officials be able to control the pace of the game. I think the officials control the pace of the game in all games, but they don’t in college football.”

Mark Richt echoed that.

“I think we need to have some kind of mechanism to make sure the officials are safely wherever they need to be, and not only safely in the right spot, but also in position to call the game properly,” Richt said. “If we have to slow it down just a tad for that it would make sense to me.”

Blame officials for not keeping up with the pace of the game?  Unpossible!

Coaches complained that from crew to crew and conference to conference, officials were inconsistent about the time it was taking to spot the ball. The 40-second clock solved that problem, with an unintended consequence.

“The pace of the game was now being turned over to the offense,” NCAA coordinator of officials Rogers Redding said. “I don’t think anybody anticipated at the time that would lead to the great proliferation of up-tempo and no-huddle offenses like we see today.”

Coaches want officials to do their job; officials don’t want the responsibility of managing pace.  That’s why Redding likes the 10-second rule proposal.  But why not split the baby by adding another crew member?

Will eight-man officiating crews be the solution defenses are looking for?: The Big 12 wonders.

The Big 12 was the first to experiment with eight instead of seven, getting a one-year trial approval last season from the NCAA and football officiating coordinators.

There’s buzz that leagues won’t need such approval in the future to implement eight-man crews. They can do so at at their own discretion.

The Big 12 is satisfied with eight because a crew can designate the extra official to helping defenses substitute.

The SEC’s looked at an eight-man crew, too.

The SEC experimented with an eight-man officiating crew last spring during Auburn’s A-Day game in an effort to alleviate pressure on crews…

“The eighth official actually helped us,” Steve Shaw, the SEC’s coordinator of officials, said in May. “It really worked pretty well. I don’t think we’re ready to go there just yet but we’re testing it. Some of the coaches said, well, so this eighth official is a way we can go even faster. Really, my answer was, no, the eighth official is not to help you go faster. It’s to help us be more consistent, do our job and allow the umpire and referee do their jobs more effectively.”

Maybe it’s an idea which time has come.  Or will come after the rejection of the 10-second rule.



Filed under The NCAA

Post Pruitt, Will Friend discusses his day job.

After reading Seth’s article about next season’s offensive line prospects, do you feel any less nervous about who will man the left tackle spot than before?  I sure don’t.

I mean, I’m glad that Friend thinks he’s got a handle on how he’s going to deal with the departures, but as Emerson puts it,

That left tackle spot will be a source of intrigue. Beard played it last year while spelling Gates, but then Beard briefly decided to transfer, before changing his mind. If he was assured of a starting spot, he likely would not have even been thinking about leaving.


Filed under Georgia Football

Regrets, Jim Delany’s had a few. Very few.

Aw, that’s nice.  In the meantime, you don’t go to war with the antitrust exemptions you want, but with the ones you have.

Delany often says he is all about “choice’’ for the athletes. “If you don’t want to be in school, don’t be in school,’’ is his simple answer. He believes in the free market. You ask him about the crazy paychecks for coaches, and he fires back, “What about it?’’

Then he’ll explain how the Big Ten doesn’t have anti-trust exemption. “Unions and management have antitrust exemption, the NFL does, so does major-league baseball. We have Title IX and other constraints.

“One time we tried to control not only the number of coaches but the amount of money they could make, and it ended up costing us, I think, $55 million in antitrust settlements.’’

Big Jim wants to go Galt on the players’ asses.

Delany is a libertarian. That is, he believes things will be fine if people work hard and seize the opportunities before them.

Yet he doesn’t like the individualism he sees in games.

“I have no sympathy for Johnny Manziel,’’ he said. “I have none.’’

Manziel was Texas A&M’s quarterback who wanted to profit from his signature and likeness. “I don’t believe Johnny Manziel is Texas A&M…’’

Except Johnny Manziel isn’t arguing he is Texas A&M.  He’s just wondering why the school doesn’t cut him in for a piece of the action when it gets twenty large for the privilege of letting boosters sit with him.

Greedy little shit.  Doesn’t he know that 90% of the NCAA’s revenue goes to support college athletes?


Filed under It's Just Bidness, Look For The Union Label, The NCAA

It was all that Bert guy’s idea.

Saban“I had nothing to do with the idea of the 10-second rule.”

He’s good.


Filed under Nick Saban Rules, The NCAA