Alabama coach Nick Saban was among the coaches in favor of a rule proposal that would have required offenses to wait 10 seconds to expire from the 40-second play clock before snapping the ball.
Arizona's Rich Rodriguez, who is renowned for coaching uptempo, spread offenses, spoke out against the proposal and has pushed back against the notion that rapid pace of play poses health risks for players.
On Friday, Rodriguez commented on Alabama coach Nick Saban's contention that uptempo offenses take defensive coaches out of the game.
Under Saban, Alabama has ranked among the nation's top defensive teams. The Crimson Tide finished first in the SEC and fifth in the country in total defense last season, and led the nation in total and scoring defense in 2011 and 2012.
- Chris Johnson