Stoops pleased with proposal shutdown

Add OU coach Bob Stoops to the number of coaches pleased the 10-second proposal was shut down last week.

A lot of college football coaches were able to breathe a sigh of relief last week, and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops was among them.

The NCAA Football Rules Committee withdrew the 10-second rule proposal last week that would have slowed down hurry-up offenses.

The proposal would have required a 10-second delay before offenses could snap the football, allowing defenses time to substitute.

"I just think it's the right thing to do," Stoops said. "There just isn't any logic to it. There's just no statistical evidence that says that."

What Stoops was referring to was the stated reason behind the proposal by the rules committee. Those in favor have said it's all about the player's safety. The logic being that with more plays, the greater the risk of injury.

Stoops talked initially about there being no proof of that, but the he went in another direction about why he doesn't like the proposal. In the proposal it said the 10-second rule would be eliminated for the final two minutes of each half.

"If anything can be done in the last two minutes of the half, why can't you do it the rest of the game?" Stoops said. I mean they don't allow targeting the last two minutes of a half so if you can do it then, you can do it anytime.

Again, if you've got teams that are down two scores or three scores and you're in the middle of the fourth quarter or if you only have half a quarter to get a chance to come back, you better start snapping the ball and efficient that way so defenses just need to be more efficient in how they deal with it."

In other words, take care of business on the field and either get the opposing offenses off of it or have your offense control the clock.

When asked about what he would do to shorten the game, Stoops offered a suggestion but also didn't stress the need for change.

"If they want to shorten the game, make it like the NFL clock," Stoops said. "That's what the NFL does to manage plays and fit their game into a window that fits TV, but I don't see them changing the pace of play in regard to how they play it."

"That's just part of football and always has been so I don't see why that would ever change."

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