NEWSLINE: Leach rips NCAA Rules Committee

MIKE LEACH'S WSU TEAM doesn't run anything close to the frenetic level of hurry-up offense that other teams do. But that hasn't stopped him from being one of the most outspoken head coach critics of a new NCAA rules proposal that would slow offenses down and allow defenses time to substitute on the front end of the play clock.

The NCAA football rules committee is proposing two changes, one of which would allow defensive players to substitute in within the first 10 seconds of the 40-second play clock, except for the final two minutes of each half. Offenses that snap the ball before 29 seconds remain on the play clock would receive a 5-yard delay-of-game penalty.

Mike Leach is not a fan, calling the proposed rules change "disgusting."

"First off, [I] doubt it will pass," Washington State coach Mike Leach said. "Second, it's ridiculous. All this tinkering is ridiculous. I think it deteriorates the game. It's always been a game of creativity and strategy. So anytime someone doesn't want to go back to the drawing board or re-work their solutions to problems, then what they do is to beg for a rule. I think it's disgusting."

Added Leach: "That's really insulting that they are hiding behind player safety just because somebody wants an advantage. That's crazy."

"My suggestion is rather than spending a bunch of time coming up with a bunch of really stupid rules, spend that time coaching harder," Leach said. "Worry about your own team and try to make your product better rather than trying to change the game so you don't have to do anything."

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