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Will college football take ‘hurry’ out of ‘hurry up’?

  • 9:51 am Thursday, February 13th, 2014 by Mark Bradley
Auburn players were so tired after the SEC title game they needed to lie down. (Jason Getz/AJC)

Intriguing news from Adam Rittenberg of ESPN: In the era of hurry-up offenses, the NCAA is considering giving defenses at least 10 seconds to substitute and set themselves. Indeed, Rittenberg writes: “Offenses that snap the ball before 29 seconds remain on the (40-second) play clock would receive a 5-yard delay-of-game penalty.”

Think about that: The team trying not to dally could get flagged for delay.

I’m not sure this change, if approved, would be any remedy. I’m not sure there’s even a problem, despite the complaints raised by the likes of Alabama’s Nick Saban and Arkansas’ Bret Bielema that hurry-up tactics [More]