Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops was asked about the controversial "Saban Rule," a new college football proposed rule that will slow down the up-tempo offenses like Oklahoma and the Oregon Ducks. According to NewsOK.com on Feb. 21, Stoops said there is no evidence that an up-tempo offense is unsafe for players.
That was the reason that Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban gave when he said that slowing down the game was important. What he didn't say was that his team was out-gunned when they lost to an up-tempo offense in the Sooners at the Sugar Bowl.
Some say that the new rules, which will force offenses to wait 10 seconds to set when the time clock starts, would favor defenses and allow them more time to read the offensive lineups. It seems to be a way to make things easier for defensive coordinators, who won't have to think as fast.
South Carolina Game Cocks head coach Steve Spurrier weighed in and called it the "Saban Rule" and said that he felt is was ridiculous. He was joined by Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt, who said that defensive coordinators should change with the offenses and just keep up. Oklahoma State Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy said the sport has exploded in popularity thanks to the faster paced games.
Stoops said the offenses are able to operate without substitutions on all downs and distances and doesn't see why the defenses can't as well. He said that the offense should play at whatever pace they want and a good defense should be able to adjust.
Bob Stoops also said that he feels there is no evidence that it is unsafe for players despite what Nick Saban believes.