On Wednesday Head Football Coach Kliff Kingsbury and his staff shared a collective sigh of relief as the NCAA Football Rules Committee tabled a 10-second rule proposal that would have slowed college offenses.
The 10-second proposal would have prohibited snapping the ball until at least 10 seconds run off the 40-second play clock. This would have allowed defenses to substitute even if the offense did not. The only exceptions would be in the final two minutes of each half and if the play clock began at 25 seconds.
The offensive scheme Kingsbury brought with him from Texas A&M is predicated on tempo and catching the defense off guard or out of position. If this rule had been passed by the Oversight Committee, Tech, along with many other programs, would have potentially been forced to drastically change their offensive identity.
The Red Raiders are obviously not the only team that likes to play up tempo offensively. With the evolution of the Spread Offense across the College Football landscape, many programs run a variation of the up tempo scheme. The majority of coaches in the game were opposed to the rule change and this had a major influence in the proposal being tabled.
The proposal was brought to light by a group of Head Coaches who were pushing player safety. They said the speed of the offenses posed a larger threat of injury to all players. But there was no scientific evidence to back up their theory, which played a large role in the committee's decision.
Kingsbury had voiced his opposition to the rule on numerous occasions while it was being discussed. He got a chance to share his thoughts again Wednesday after the proposal had been squashed.
"I thought it was the right thing to do," Kingsbury said. "I think there was an outcry against it, I think it was the right thing to do and I'm glad they got that right. I didn't think there was enough basis to do it. I think that's what basically defeated it."
Texas Tech utilized the up-tempo scheme better than anyone in the nation last year, running the most plays from scrimmage (87.4) per game.
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