Saban, Richt and Muschamp Express Concern Over Officiating Crews and Offensive Tempo

March 4, 2014 at 12:00p    by DJ Byrnes    
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A day after Rich Rodriguez hammered the final nails into the coffin of the "increased tempo = increased injuries" argument, here comes a new chapter in arguments against up-tempo offenses.

Coincidentally, three SEC coaches who don't run up-tempo offenses are leading the charge:

Saban said over the weekend that he wants what’s best for college football, but he added the officials have to control the tempo of the game, much like the NFL. Upon Chip Kelly being hired, the NFL made it very clear last summer that officials, not offenses, would dictate the pace of the game, which is different than college football.

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“I think we need to have some kind of mechanism to make sure the officials are safely wherever they need to be, and not only safely in the right spot, but also in position to call the game properly,” Richt said. “If we have to slow it down just a tad for that it would make sense to me.”

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“I could care less about the rule," [Muschamp said.] "The only thing I will say is the administration of the game for the officials is very difficult. Example, an offensive team gets a first down. The ball is being snapped before they even set the chains for the next first down. Is that good for the game? I don’t think so. Those things as far as administration for the officials is very difficult and my conversations with [SEC head of officials] Steve Shaw and some of the officials I’m friends with. It becomes very difficult for them to get their eyes where they’re supposed to be and execute their jobs. I don’t think that’s good for the game. So would it be good to have a little slower tempo for the game without slowing down these teams? Sure. But whatever we compromise on, I’ll be fine either way.”

(Of course Will Muschamp is a guy who uses the phrase "could care less," which is the opposite of what he's trying to say.) 

As Saturday Down South notes, the NFL made it very clear to Chip Kelly upon his arrival it would be referees dictating the pace, and not offenses. 

Clearly, this is what these three coaches, who run pro-style offenses, have in mind when they talk like this.

The vote on the preposterous "10-second defensive substitution" rule will be on Thursday. (The rule isn't expected to pass.)

I wish these coaches... these alleged beacons of morality... would just step up and be honest why they're against up-tempo offenses instead of concern trolling over "player-safety" and referee crews.


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Oyster's picture

So since the player safety theory has been debunked, it's now about the officials safety?

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Mr. Slick's picture

I've got fan safety being next.

Then cheerleader safety.

Then maybe stadium crew safety?

we're running out of people here

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DJ Byrnes's picture

What about coach safety? Can't be good for Muschamp's heart as his team is getting bombed on and his 1980's offense can't keep up.

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Oyster's picture

I think the next time a Packer leaps into the stands it should be a personal foul.

GoBucks713's picture

Fan safety was thrown out the window when Bauserman was made the starter by the Walrus and Fick.

-The Aristocrats!

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BlockO's picture

True statement no need for italics lol

"faith seeking understanding” (fides quaerens intellectum)

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FloridaBuck's picture

Legitimately made me laugh out loud

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

Wow, all the good ol boys are getting together on this one.

This is pure BS.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

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mh277907's picture

Random question - had this new proposed rule been in place last year, would UM have been required to wait 10 seconds before snapping the ball when kicking their game-tying field goal at the end of regulation against Northwestern, thus, not allowing them to snap the ball?

buckeyebobcat

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rdubs's picture

Nope, last 2 minutes are exempt from the rule?  As a corollary to that why should it be a specific time frame for that exemption.  If a team is down 2 scores with under 5 minutes to go, should they not be allowed to hurry up, that seems to take away quite a bit from the spirit of the game.

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mh277907's picture

Thanks. Apparently, players can't get hurt from hurry-up offenses when there are under 2 minutes left to play in the half.

buckeyebobcat

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teddyballgame's picture

OK, so you have some concern?  Fund a study and show us the results.

I can understand the frustration from teams that dealt with a lot of injuries like FL and GA last season, but we don't just change the rules of CFB on a whim.

BierStube's picture

Muschamp should worry more about beating FCS schools before he takes on the hot issues of the day.  I actually have more concern for the announcers, how the heck is Beth Mowins going to get anything right when two teams face off averaging 95 plays each!!!???

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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bukyze's picture

I really used to like Mark Richt, and always thought he was a pretty classy guy.  This has definitely knocked him down a notch or two.  Or 20 or 30.

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osu07asu10's picture

Sure doesn't take much to get on your bad side...

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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BierStube's picture

Muschamp has bigger things to worry about!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

They were just consoling each other over the score.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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Doc's picture

"I think he wants to make out with you!"

 

"Say my name."

MichiganBuckeye222's picture

nothing wrong with hugging your teammate.

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MN Buckeye's picture

I have zero respect for Mush, but I have respected Richt over the years. Georgia has run a pretty good program in the center of SEC territory, but overall he has seemed to be a pretty reasonable guy. I think he is just mildly agreeing with the premise to keep the party line going.

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BuckeyeOfTheTiger's picture

On first downs in college the clock stops and the ball is dead until the chains are set anyway, what is Muschamp talking about in his example?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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JollyFatMan's picture

That's the thing.. they can't start the play until the ball is placed.. by the refs. The refs only place it and blow his whistle when all of his refs are in place. Chains aren't that important as long as they have the line of scrimmage. 

How firm thy friendship..

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acBuckeye's picture

Exactly. The LOS is given by an orange marker on the sideline, not the chains. The chains are just a visual cue to how far until another first down, and to measure. That's it. The ball is marked and the LOS is marked before the chain crew gets set up all the time. It doesn't really matter.

FROMTHE18's picture

if the SEC wants to institute its own rule on slow paced offences, I'm good with that. This should not be a problem the rest of college football should have to deal with.

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AndyVance's picture

Yeah, when the only people who are pissing and moaning about this nonsense are firmly entrenched in the self-proclaimed greatest conference in the history of man, it seems a little... self-serving.

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Doc's picture

Sorry for the profanity, but these guys are a couple of fuck sticks.

"Say my name."

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TUNBUCK89's picture

          Speed

         rEally

       suCks

      

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warosu's picture

As far as Nicky Satan,was he crying player safety when he
was winning all those NC 's? Think not. Just sour a$$ grapes.

warosu's picture

Sorry on my phone it didn't come out right--

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

"Our argument needs more credibility - let's get Billy Muschamp involved."

--- No One Ever

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AndyVance's picture

So is "SEC speed" just not a thing anymore?

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GoBucks713's picture

SEC Speed can be negated by good blocking. See BeirStube's photo above.

-The Aristocrats!

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

The SEC didn't play Stanford football.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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cajunbuckeye's picture

Sounds like syphilis, gonorrhea, and herpes condemning the practice of safe sex.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

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BUCKSOMIES's picture

Wahahahaha!  Beautifully said.

d gordon a's picture

Buckeyes very rarely got there plays off in 10 seconds  

 

Whoa Nellie's picture

Muschamp simply believes that the game is too fast for his players to be able to block the other guys.  He's probably right.

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

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buckskin's picture

A friend of mine tried for years to be a B1G official for years. It was his dream. The physical requirements are insane, he lost 40 lbs, got in the best shape of his life, and still got denied. That was 10 years ago and he's still trying. Those guys are in shape.

Patriot4098's picture

At least this argument makes sense. With that said, adapt and overcome! Stop whining about how hard it is our how hard it could be. Let the players and coaches play their game and the refs can step up their game.

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