Some coaches, like Arizona's Rich Rodriguez and Rutgers coach Kyle Flood, seem to think the move is anything but a player safety rule, but more like a power play by some coaches. Even some trainers and medical officials are skeptical.
The proposed rule, which comes up for a vote on March 6 before the Playing Rules Oversight Panel, would keep the offense from snapping the ball prior to 29 seconds left on the play clock, except during the final two minutes of each half. This would allow defenses to make substitutions during the first 10 seconds of the play clock, something Alabama coach Nick Saban claims would prevent injuries.
Flood said he was caught off guard by the proposal.
One orthopedic surgeon told AL.com that the proposal makes little sense because injured players already have the ability to fall down to stop the clock.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy ripped the proposal on Twitter, Washington State coach Mike Leach thought it was "disgusting" and the possible rule set off North Carolina coach Larry Fedora to the Raleigh News & Observer.
-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor