Defenses would get some relief against no-huddle offenses under a proposal from the NCAA Football Rules Committee. The committee recommended a change that allows defensive substitutions within the first 10 seconds of the 40-second play clock. If the offense snaps the ball before the play clock reaches 29 seconds it would be assessed a 5-yard delay-of-game penalty.
“This rules change is being made to enhance student-athlete safety by guaranteeing a small window for both teams to substitute,” Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said. He is chair of the rules committee.
“As the average number of plays per game has increased, this issue has been discussed with greater frequency by the committee in recent years and we felt like it was time to act in the interests of protecting our student-athletes.”
An exception to the proposed rule would be made during the final two minutes of each half.
All of this could affect Steve Sarkisian’s new hurry-up offense at USC.