NCAA Committee Puts an End to Proposed “Slow Play” Rule

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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The NCAA Football Rules Committee withdrew a rule proposal that would have put a stop to hurry-up offenses.

The 12-member committee unanimously voted Wednesday to not allow the proposed rule to be sent to the Playing Rules Oversight Panel.

The proposed rule would have made it mandatory for offenses to wait for 10 seconds to come off the 40-second play clock before snapping the ball. This would allow for defenses to make substitutions. If the offense snapped the ball before 10 seconds passed, it would be penalized five yards.

The rules committee proposed the change three weeks ago, stating it would help make the game safer: The thought was the fewer plays there were in a game, the less of a chance there was for injury. The problem with the idea was that most coaches hated it.

In an ESPN survey of all 128 FBS coaches, 93 of them were against the proposal, 25 were in favor, nine were undecided, and one refused to participate.

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