Bielema says expect slow-down proposal to pass

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Posted: Feb 21, 2014 1:51 PM by KURT VOIGT
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Arkansas, college football, Bret Bielema, Razorbacks, Hogs, SEC, NCAA, rule, play clock

SEARCY, Ar. - Arkansas coach Bret Bielema says he expects a much-scrutinized proposal to prohibit snapping the ball until at least 10 seconds run off the 40-second play clock to pass when the NCAA playing rules oversight panel votes on March 6.

Bielema, speaking to the media before a meeting of the White County Razorback Club on Thursday night, reiterated his stance that the proposal is safety-based - saying he wants to be proactive and make a change before presented with a player's "death certificate."

The former Wisconsin coach pointed to the recent death of California football player Ted Agu during a training run, saying the inability to substitute an injured player between plays could lead to injury or death.

A host of up-tempo, no-huddle coaches, including Auburn's Gus Malzahn, have come out publicly against the proposed rule.

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