By Zac Ellis
February 14, 2014
Petitioning fans want Obama to oppose Saban and other proponents of the defensive substitution rule. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Petitioning fans want Obama to protect the hurry-up, no-huddle offense. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The NCAA's proposed 10-second substitution rule has plenty of up-tempo college football coaches up in arms. But let's not forget the fans -- they are just as upset, and many are now demanding some government intervention.

A petition created on on Friday calls for President Barack Obama to oppose the NCAA's proposal, which, if implemented, would essentially curb the advantage gained by no-huddle offenses in today's game. The petition assigns responsibility for the proposed rule change to Alabama coach Nick Saban.

We, the undersigned, kindly petition the Obama administration to oppose the craven attempt by Nick Saban and other poor-loser, dinosaur coaches to stifle innovation by altering the rules of college football rather than figuring out how to defend the hurry-up, no-huddle offense (HUNH).

It is dismaying that the NCAA football rules committee would allow coach Saban to present his views sans opposing views. Even worse, Saban's lackey, Bret Bielema, blatantly misled the committee in claiming this new rule was desired by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) when the AFCA has never held a vote on the subject nor discussed it at their most recent meeting. We regard this as a cowardly, schoolyard-bully attempt to avoid doing the hard work to learn how to defend the HUNH.

The petition has a way to go before POTUS must chime in, however. As of Friday afternoon, it boasted a whopping 12 signatures, just a bit shy of the 100,000 signatures required for a White House response.

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