Until today, Washington coach Chris Petersen had kept quiet publicly about the NCAA Football Rules Committee’s proposal to allow defenses 10 seconds to substitute — “a ploy,” as Petersen told 1090 The Fan’s Steve Sandmeyer Show, that he doesn’t expect to get approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel.
Petersen, in two radio interviews this afternoon, said he wasn’t as worked up about the proposal as some other coaches, but he is firmly against it.
“I don’t agree with it at all,” Petersen said in an interview with Portland’s 1080 The Fan Travis & Wilcox show. “I don’t think they ought to implement it. I think people are talking about the injury situation, but nobody’s seen any documentation.
“We’ve been both. Last year, we were no-huddle at Boise and the year before we were back and forth. We’ve always dabbled in a little bit of both. And even if we were a huddle-up team the whole time I still wouldn’t agree with it. I think that hurts the game. I think that handcuffs it. I think one of the beautiful things about college football is all the diversity of the different styles, the different tempos, the different everything. I will say this: It is hard being a defensive coordinator in college football because you’re going to see it all, and I think this is one of the rules that is trying to limit some of that diversity.”
Here’s the full interview from Travis & Wilcox. I’ll post a link to Petersen’s interview from the Sandmeyer Show when it becomes available online.
Petersen was asked about the indefinite suspensions of quarterback Cyler Miles and receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow and handling discipline in general. (For those who have asked, there is no update on Miles and Stringfellow. The case still appears to be in the hands of the city prosecutor’s offense, which will decide whether to press charges.)
“It’s the least favorite part of the job. It’s the most painful, and it’s also one of the most important,” Petersen told the Portland station. “These kids need to act a certain way and act appropriate and represent the university and all this in the appropriate manner.”
Petersen also said that seven players will not participate in spring ball because of injuries. (Two of those are almost certainly offensive lineman Dexter Charles and safety Kevin King, who had shoulder injuries late last season.) An overall lack of depth — Petersen expects about 80 players to participate in spring drills — contributed to the decision to make the final workout on April 19 more of a spring practice than a spring game.
“(There is) no way we’re going to go out there and just have a game to have one,” Petersen said.