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February 19, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Morning links: Rules committee backpedals on defensive substitution proposal

Six days later, the chairman of the NCAA Football Rules Committee started to back away from a proposal that allows defense’s 10 seconds to substitute before each snap.

“I think the only way it can or it should become a rule is if indeed it is a safety concern,” Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, the committee chair, told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday. “And that can’t be something that is a speculation or a possibility. I think there’s got to be something empirical there, where you realize, yes, this truly is a health matter in the terms of not being able to get a defensive player off the field.”

Washington State coach Mike Leach and Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez were among the coaches who spoke vehemently against the proposed rule change.

More from Tuesday’s AP story:

After the football rules committee met this month, Calhoun said pace of play had been discussed in recent years and committee members felt it was “time to act in the interests of protecting our student-athletes.” Alabama coach Nick Saban and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, who run more traditional offenses, met with the committee and voiced their support for the proposal.

Asked about the perception that Saban, who has won three of the last five national championships, might have had undue influence, Calhoun said “that’s a separate conversation” and moved on to another topic. Asked why coaches who might oppose the proposal didn’t meet with the committee, Calhoun said he would encourage those coaches to come forward.

The committee voted for the proposal even though it did not have evidence showing defensive players’ health was at risk when offenses play at a rapid pace, Calhoun said. He did not answer directly when asked if he voted for the proposal.

“I’m in favor of trying to get to whatever the true facts are,” he said.

The Playing Rules Oversight Commission, which meets March 6, would have to approve the proposal rule change.

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