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Washington State head coach Mike Leach Discussed the NCAA’s New Rule Proposal

Washington State head football coach Mike Leach joined Jeff Thurn on Overtime. 

Leach has been the Cougars head coach since 2011. Before his stint in Pullman, Washington, he coached at Texas Tech for 10 seasons.

The NCAA rules committee is proposing a new rule that would allow defensive players to substitute within the first 10 seconds of the 40-second play clock. The only exception would be for the final two minutes of each half. 

Thurn asked Leach about the rule, and his reaction to ‘slow the game’ for player safety:

“In my opinion, it’s pretty well-documented it’s very similar to most people it’s a ridiculous rule and it’s a rule that was manipulated that artificially hides behind player safety. You have a handful of guys that rather than scheming or coaching and innovating football-wise, they want to make the rule so you can’t spread it out and snapping it fast. In this business, snapping it fast has been around as long as two-minute offenses have. I mean people have broken into two-minute offenses for a variety of reasons whenever they wanted to over the course of a game and it’s in style now, but I think defenses are adapting to it and notion to eliminate it because someone doesn’t feel like dealing with it, that’s crazy. It’s every bit as crazy as if there should be a rule that says you should have seven defensive players on the line of scrimmage and are not allowed to move prior to the snap, and if you blitz, you have to raise your hand to line-up. That doesn’t make any more sense of it and there’s no well-documentation that it impacts player safety and they want to pretend as if it does is ridiculously self-serving and disrespectful to the game and players that are actually injured. Football has some inherent risks and that’s part of the game. If you allow, you are going to be playing something other than football and that would be a shame. I don’t expect it to pass, it doesn’t make sense, and there’s been other bad rules before, the ‘Halo Rule,’ was a bad rule, but the ‘Halo Rule’ wasn’t designed to impact the scheme and innovation. It was designed to protect players. This one doesn’t even do that and those in favor of that are hard-pressed to rationalize that it does and haven’t done it successfully or effectively up to this point.”

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