ASHLAND, Ore. A proposed rule change in college football would deliver a significant blow to up-tempo offenses like Southern Oregon and the University of Oregon. If approved, the change would force offenses to wait 10 seconds after the play clock starts running before they can snap the ball. Typically the SOU offense snaps the ball within five seconds. The NCAA Rules Committee approved the change last week. It goes before the Oversight Panel on March 6th. Raiders’ offensive coordinator Ken Fasnacht was fired up about what he calls an ‘idiotic proposal.’
“If you want to make everybody play 10-6, let’s put the game all the way back to the 1920’s and eliminate the forward pass and hand the ball to one guy every time and hope he gets 3 yards in a cloud of dust,” Fasnacht said. “The game has evolved and coaches need to evolve with it.”
Fasnacht is a big part of football’s offensive evolution. The Raiders run one of the fastest offenses in any level of college football, but the NCAA Rules Committee says the change, which allows defensive substitutions in the first ten seconds after a play, will create a safer environment for the defensive players.
“This claim that it prevents injuries for defensive players coming off the field,” Fasnacht continued, “There’s no research on that. None’s been done.’
Fasnacht believes the main reason for the rule is Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
“It’s the Alabama rule,” Fasnacht said. “Nick Saban gets all the 5-star athletes and makes $5.5 million a year. He doesn’t need a rule change, but all you’re doing is hurting the little guy. You’re strengthening the big guy and he doesn’t need any strength. We don’t make $5.5 million. He needs to figure out how to coach if he doesn’t like the way the game is being played right now. I haven’t heard one coach say this is a great idea except Nick Saban says it was a bad idea and players were getting hurt based on zero research.”
Plus, up-tempo offenses often play a major role in turning around a college program like SOU or the University of Oregon. Likewise, fans like scoring.
“Nobody likes watching 10-6,” Fasnacht said.”Everybody wants to watch 50-49. It’s made the game more fun. Fans want to see more plays, not less plays. They’re paying $60 for a ticket. Why would they want to see 60 plays when they can see 90?”