So, the NCAA recognizes there’s a problem with players faking injuries to stop play. The NCAA recognizes that there’s no way for officials to make a determination about the validity of player injuries. The NCAA knows this looks bad. The NCAA knows that ultimately this one’s on the coaches.
The answer, it turns out, is simple: tie it to playing time, since it’s the most valuable commodity to both players and coaches.
Somehow, they manage to get that far, but no farther.
So what would be appropriate to deter bad actors? Two plays? Four? Ten? “Some people said a possession,” Steve Shaw said. “Some went as far as a quarter.”
Ultimately, the rules committee decided there was no magic bullet and tabled legislation. But instead of doing nothing, it opted for a direct warning to coaches: Either you deal with this now or we’ll have to do something.
“We’re going to work with all coaches — and maybe players — to where they see this video and recognize that we’re looking at this very closely,” Steve Shaw said, “and our expectation is that in the 2020 season feigning injuries as an issue in our game will go away, with clear expectations that if players and coaches don’t take care of it, the rules committee then will have to address it and deal with it in some kind of playing time respect. That’s really the only way we think we can get after it.”
Faking injuries will go away because Steve Shaw issued a stern warning? Uh hunh. What do you think of that, Mike Gundy?
YOU’LL HAVE to forgive Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy if he rolls his eyes a little bit at this…
“Warning coaches isn’t going to do anything,” he said. “Until they say that if he’s hurt then he’s out for the remainder of the drive, then coaches are going to go into meetings and say, ‘We have to slow their offenses down. I know the rules committee says we need to try this, but the rules committee is not paying my paycheck.'”
When he’s right, he’s right.