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The NCAA 10-second rule proposal: Hurry-up offense vs. 'player safety?'

A group of coaches apparently led by Arkansas' Bret Bielema (who's saying really silly things) are lobbying for a new rule that would limit the pace of college football's fastest offenses ... and is arguing for it in the name of protecting players from injury, of all things.

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Slow football, like the kind mom made

The NCAA Rules Committee's proposed speed limit on hurry-up offenses isn't done for. It'll be back on the table next year, but without needing to lie about being a safety rule. So how will slow-down coaches try to sell it in 2015?


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NCAA drops 10-second rule

The rule would have especially penalized run-first, no-huddle teams like Oregon and Auburn.

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Nick Saban compares hurry-up football to cigarettes

The fastball guys say there's no data out there, and I guess you have to use some logic. What's the logic? If you smoke one cigarette, do you have the same chances of getting cancer if you smoke 20? I guess there's no study that specifically says that.

The Alabama coach, on hurry-up coaches upset with a NCAA rule proposal that would force them to dawdle for 10 seconds before each snap. He's comparing the number of plays run per game (which he thinks should be a low number; entirely coincidentally, his team is designed to use a slow pace and to beat teams that do likewise) to things that are bad for you, which actually works out, sort of. Cigarettes are dangerous, and football is dangerous. But on the subject of studies, one study suggests slow football is the more dangerous kind. So maybe up-tempo offenses are e-cigs? Quote via ESPN.
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RichRod hits Bielema with 'Speed' spoof

The people now demand the Arkansas head coach spoof himself into 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Bielema conflates Cal player's death with hurry-up

The Arkansas coach says 'death certificates' prove the necessity of the proposed NCAA football slowdown rule.

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The NCAA hurry-up rule vs. 5 big 2013 games

We looked at five very different 2013 games involving fast offenses to see how the NCAA's 10-second rule idea would've changed things. Also, Michael Bird on why college football's television popularity means the rule doesn't stand a chance of passing.

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Coaches mad at NCAA hurry-up proposal

If approved, the 15-yard penalty would be removed on overturned targeting calls and a 5-yard penalty would be assessed to teams who snapped the ball too quickly.

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