A member of the NCAA’s Playing Rules Oversight Panel, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema recently proposed a rules change that would create a “15-second substitution period” after each first down to allow defenses to substitute. It echoes a similar “fast offenses are no fun” sentiment that Saban first expressed back in October. Bielema explained to

“There’s times where you can’t get a defensive substitution in for 8, 10, 12 play drives,” “That has an effect on safety of that student-athlete, especially the bigger defensive linemen, that is really real.”
Flying in the face of Bielema’s assertion is a tabulation of 2011 “injury stats” by college football guru Phil Steele. The four most injury-stricken teams all ran pro-style offenses, while prominent no-huddle teams such as Houston and Northern Illinois were among the least-injured teams in the country.
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I actually think that the idea of allowing subs after a first down in college is not a bad one, but holding the play for 15 seconds would be too long. I like the clock stoppage after a first down better than the NFL rules because it comes into play in the last few minutes of the half/game and gives the offense an advantage IF they get a first down. I don't think offenses would have a problem in the last two minutes if the clock was stopped on a first down for 5-10 seconds. If the clock is stopped, give O and D 5-10 seconds to run in new personnel.
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Yeah, but his wife is hot.
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Dude is a whiny baby.
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I was kind of thrown off by the double negative in his proposal.
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you are killing your father larry
Reply40 months
That is because Fat Boy Bielema needs to have time to eat a rib or two between plays.
Reply40 months
Elit4, I think you would have into consideration "faked" injuries.
Reply40 months
elit4ce05 said it before I could......

Come on Larry! Apples to apples!
Reply40 months
How many coaches are going to come out in opposition of a play style under the guise of "player safety"?

Give me a break
Reply40 months
wtf are you supposed to do during the 2 minute offense if you can't do a no huddle offense.
Reply40 months
lol Bielema is scared of the no-huddle
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meant don't ask or demand others to do the work your capable of but probably to lazy to do.
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or how about not jumping the person who posts the story, cause i'm pretty sure he didn't look up any stats. if you wants stats so bad, do ask others to do it, or demand others do it - you do it since your interested.
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stupid article. First you state a coach feels it risk injury to "defensive " teams defending the HUNH, then you state that the teams running it "offensively" are rarely hurt. Why not address the issue the coach brought up instead of dancing around it? You took time to find out these stats, tell us how many injuries have happened to the teams "defending" it. (which is what the topic was to begin with)
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Really Real.

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