10-Second Rule Decision Postponed, Criticized

By Amanda Borges
Assistant Digital Editor

The proposed 10-second substitution rule in college football will not be decided on as soon as we originally thought. Thursday was supposed to be decision day but now it will be delayed.

Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com reports that the NCAA’s Football Rules Oversight committee will table the vote on the controversial 10-second defensive substitution rule for a later time. That time has not yet been determined or announced.

Because the voting on this debacle is being postponed, there is no way that this rule can be implemented in the 2014 season, even if it did have enough votes to pass. Most seem to think that there will not be enough votes anyway, but now there may be additional time to properly and fully investigate both sides of the proposal.

According to Pro Football Talk, Alabama head coach Nick Saban recently said there needs to be more information obtained related to the impact on player safety with the spread of up-tempo offenses in college football. The lack of data to support the rule change has been one of the popular rallying cries for coaches and administrators opposing the rule proposal as well.

Saban spoke to ESPN.com this week to explain his thoughts.

 “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. But logically, we would say, ‘Yeah, there probably is.’”

This proposal would wipe off a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct if a video review determines a player penalized and ejected for targeting should not have been called.

Former football player, Danny Kanell has also reacted to this change:

As of right now, even if a player is ruled eligible to return to the game, the 15-yard penalty is not taken off the field.

How would this 10-second rule impact the game if it’s voted in? There could be other ways to avoid this altogether. It’s understandable that players should avoid unnecessary, hard hits to avoid injury but the only way that will happen is if monumental changes are made.

For example, if football schedules were altered to play less games, we would have less hits. Yeah, like that’s going to happen. What about restricting hits during practice?

There are some things that can be done to avoid serious injuries like having medical staff available on the sidelines who are concussion experts. According to al.com, The NCAA  is being sued by more than 70 current and ex-athletes over concussions so they have hopes to implement new concussion management guidelines by June. In order to adapt to science,  NCAA chief medical officer Brian Hainline said he prefers that schools handle concussions based on “best practices” rather than the NCAA legislating mandatory rules.

This 10-second rule could be the answer to the concussion problem in football but it seems that there other measures to be taken before this proposal gets voted in.

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