Holgorsen on fast offenses: 'Learn to adapt'

When SEC Media Days were going on last week, Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema were among some of the coaches who were taking a stance against some of the fast, up-tempo offenses that have become common throughout college football.

Among their statements throughout the summer, Bielema proposed a rule change that would create a 15-second substitution period after every first down in order to help slow no-huddle offenses down.

While these kind of offenses are found all over college football, the Big 12 Conference has been known as quite possibly the most notorious conference when it comes to that high-flying, up-tempo style of play. And a big reason for that growing reputation has been thanks, in part, to the old coaching staffs at Texas Tech led by Mike Leach and current West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen.

On Tuesday, Holgorsen had a simple message for those coaches who feel like that style of offense is bad for college football and can lead to an increase in injuries when he took the stage for his press conference on the second day of Big 12 Media Days in Dallas.

"I'd tell them to get over it because it's not going to change," he said. "It's going into the NFL for crying out loud. There are people being hired in the NFL that have the background in college football to be able to create a little bit more parity.

"I don't see it changing any time soon, so you'd better learn to adapt to it."

Whether it's something that has been widely accepted by coaches or not, Holgorsen said Tuesday that it's something that has without a doubt changed college football.

But the major debate recently has come from the question of whether or not that change has been good for the sport.

"It depends on who you ask. There are some guys that are upset about it," Holgorsen said. "But I know we changed it.

"There weren't a whole lot of teams in the Big 12 that were doing that style of offense at that point in time (when he was at Texas Tech) whereas now, when you look at it, there's a lot of teams doing that for a reason."

If nothing else, Holgorsen agrees with Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy who said that most of the parity that has been seen in college football over the last decade or so has been thanks to that style of offense.

"It's catching on across the country, I don't think that's going to change any time soon," Holgorsen said. "There are a number of things that have helped with parity in college football, and the spread is probably causing a little bit of that as well."

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