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Steve Spurrier: 'Saban Rule' hopefully won't pass

Steve Spurrier does not support a new rule that would force teams to wait 10 seconds before snapping the ball. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images) Steve Spurrier does not support a new rule that would force teams to wait 10 seconds before snapping the ball. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier joined a prominent head-coaching coalition opposed to a rule that would require offenses to wait 10 seconds before snapping the football. And he suggested that what he called the "Saban Rule" — it is supported by Alabama head coach Nick Saban — is not likely to become a reality.

"So, you want to talk about the 'Saban Rule?' That's what I call it. (It) looks like it's dead now, hopefully," Spurrier told USA Today's George Schroeder.

Saban and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema are two prominent coaches who expressed their concern about the up-tempo nature of college football's offenses last week to the NCAA Football Rules Committee, which approved the proposal.

It is scheduled to be considered on March 6 by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel.

Several prominent coaches have denounced the proposal. On Twitter last week, Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy went on an extensive rant railing against the proposal.

On Thursday, Spurrier suggested that Saban's support of the proposal contributed to its eventual passage.

"He took it upon himself to go before the rules committee and get it done," Spurrier said. "They tried to change the rules. But I don't think they're gonna get away with it."
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